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19 September, 2018

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie

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The easiest no bake pie in all the land. A crunchy graham cracker crust, a creamy lemony center, topped off with cherry pie filling. It’s SO GOOD! Cream cheese + sweetened condensed milk is magical.

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from The Food Charlatan

My daughter Valentine, who is 8 months old now, likes to blow raspberries. All the time. Even when I am feeding her mashed carrots. She will take the bite I offer her (so innocently!), only to spew it everywhere with her tongue, while I try to hide my laughter and pseudo irritation. I’m sure she sees right through it, which must be exactly why my white t-shirt today is spattered with orange.

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from The Food Charlatan

Yesterday I had her all wrapped up in a blanket and was trying to soothe her with a song before nap time, when she turned her head and zerberted my arm over and over again. So much for quiet time.

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from The Food Charlatan

Can you see her tongue sticking out in the left picture? She’s pretending to spray me with sweet potato purée.

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from The Food Charlatan

Have you ever had this pie? I wonder where it came from. I can’t remember the first time I had it, but it seems to be kind of ubiquitous. Most of the recipes I looked up were exactly the same (graham crust, mix cream cheese and condensed milk with lemon and vanilla, top with cherry filling) yet almost all the citations claimed “My mom,” ” Grandma Pat,” or “Aunt Sue” as the recipe source.

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from The Food Charlatan

Not that citing the person who gave you a recipe is the wrong way to do it; I actually love it. That’s the way recipes travel. One of my most popular posts on The Food Charlatan is this recipe for My Mom’s Fudge, aptly named because my mom LOVES this fudge and has made it every Christmas to give to our neighbors for as long as I can remember. In my mind, this recipe is my MOM’S fudge, even though it’s the recipe they used to print on the back of the marshmallow creme jar. (People on Facebook get very upset about this. “That’s not your mom’s fudge, it’s the one on the jar!”)

Recipe citation is important, yes, especially when you’re publishing. But recipes are personal. I hope YOU become known among your family and friends as an awesome cook when making the recipes you find here on The Food Charlatan.  People will say, “Wow, you’re a great cook!” Not, “Wow, you must have found a reliable blog!” And that’s just as it should be I think. Take the credit! You made it, you deserve it!

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from The Food Charlatan

Anyway, back to the pie. I know I just posted Cherry Pie for 4th of July, but I hope you guys aren’t all cherry’d out. Although they both have cherries and are both pies, I feel like they are in different categories. I mean, this is a no bake. It’s brainless. The other pie requires a little more finesse, what with the stars and stripes and all.

And it is so darn good. It has almost all the same ingredients as my No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar, which is a super fun dessert to serve at parties, especially if you are feeling lazy. It’s basically a deconstructed version of this pie. Can’t go wrong with that!

No Bake Cherry Cream Cheese Pie from The Food Charlatan

 

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A crunchy graham cracker crust, a creamy lemony center, topped off with cherry pie filling!

For the crust:

For the filling:

by The Food Charlatan

*The lemon zest is an untraditional ingredient. It really makes the lemon flavor shine. Without it, the pie will have a more neutral flavor, making the cherries stand out more. I like it both ways! (Don’t skip the lemon juice)

Source: I feel like this recipe is all over the place (I saw many sources citing “my grandma so-and-so”) but I got the details from Allrecipes.com.

More fun summer desserts like this one!

No Bake Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches << use up all those summer peaches!!

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake with Caramelized Peaches

 

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar << the ingredient for this recipe are almost the same as today’s, but just deconstructed.

No Bake Cheesecake Parfait Bar from TheFoodCharlatan.com

 

Cherry Pie for 4th of July! <<< Or for anytime really. No one’s going to say no to Cherry Pie 🙂

Cherry Pie for 4th of July! from The Food Charlatan

 

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Parfaits << or you could eat it as a dip, like this photo:

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Parfaits from The Food Charlatan

 

More cherry goodness from friends:

Black Bottom No Bake Cherry Cheesecake from Melanie Makes
No Bake Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar from Country Cleaver
Sweet Black Cherry Pie Filling from Foodie with Family

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