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Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake

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This recipe for Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake has been in my family for generations!
This post was originally published on January 2010 but has recently been updated.
Since I was old enough to eat table food, this delicious YUMMY Old Fashioned Cherry cheesecake has been my favorite. It was not something that my mom fixed every month, but it was a special Christmas treat that she would fix for me and my niece. She would always fix us one each because she knew how much we loved this dessert.

It's funny because she used to fix just one, and my niece and I would ALWAYS fight over it, so she started making two. You gotta love the woman who always made your favorite dessert.

Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake

Since mom passed away a few years ago, I was not for sure how in the world I was going to get my favorite dessert. So I started looking until I FINALLY found the recipe. Now I make it about four times a year.

How to Make an Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake

Start by getting your graham cracker crust out and then set it aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, lemon juice, and sweetened condensed milk making sure to get it creamy. It will seem lumpy at first but just keep mixing.

Once you get it all mixed up, pour it into the graham cracker crust. No need to let it chill before finishing it. Now, take it and pour your cherry pie filling on the top!

The best part about this is the topping! You can totally turn this into any kind of fruit cheesecake you want. All you have to do is your pie filling from the baking aisle.

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Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake

Making this holiday dessert not only brings back fond memories of my mom and me in the kitchen during Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I can pass this dessert down to my own daughter (who loves this just as much as her mom!)

There is something to be said about desserts that are generational in a family. I have a delicious 3-day coconut cake that is my mom's recipe also that I am going to be tackling this year as well.

Family recipes, those old clippings, and cookbooks from the fifties are always my favorite ways to find new recipes for our family, but also for those recipes that my family has lived on for years. 

Now — if I could only locate her fried chicken recipe we would be doing great.

Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake

Another favorite recipe of mine is my delicious Sausage Balls. These little appetizers are so full of flavor and will definitely be a generational recipe in our house for years to come.

I love serving this pie in really pretty pie pans. I have been collecting a few of the last few years. I usually get mine from Dayspring — like this Christmas one here. But they also have super cute everyday pie plates like this one. I love doing it like this and buying an extra one. Then, if I make this pie to take to a party, I leave it as a housewarming gift for the hostess to keep!

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Yield: 8 slices

Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake

Old Fashioned Cherry Cheesecake

This old fashioned cherry cheesecake is a great holiday dessert. It's a no bake dessert making it simple to make and bring to a holiday get together.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 block of Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 graham cracker crust


  1. Combine cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix until all lumps have disappeared.
  2. Pour into graham cracker crust.
  3. Top with the can of cherry pie filling.
  4. Cover and then put in the refrigerator for 3 hours until firm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 94mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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Thursday 26th of December 2019

I made this and let it sit overnight before digging in and it was mush. It never became firm. Idk what I did wrong 🤷🏻‍♀️

Jennifer Sikora

Thursday 26th of December 2019

I’m not sure because I’ve made this at exact same recipe about 30 times in the last few years and I’ve never had that problem ever. I’m sorry you had issues.


Thursday 12th of December 2019

This looks so delicious. It is a classic recipe that I can't wait to try.

Lisa Joy Thompson

Thursday 12th of December 2019

This looks amazing! We love cheesecake at our house. I think I may make a strawberry cheesecake for Christmas this year!

Jennifer Sikora

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Strawberry is my other favorite choice for this cheesecake!


Thursday 12th of December 2019

I absolutely adore cheesecake and I love that this doesn't require baking. I am so craving a slice.

Katrina kroeplin

Wednesday 11th of December 2019

This is what I’m talking about. My boyfriend would love this. He loves cheesecake. Saving this to make for him.

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