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.
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.
Ideas you might find interesting are —
- No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake
- Strawberry and more
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.
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!
Looking for other dessert recipes? Check these out
- Ina Garten's Lemon Bars
- Caramel Machiatto
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Candy
- Vanilla Milkshakes Without Ice Cream
- Praline Pecans – The perfect crunchy sweet and salty snack
- Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 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
- Combine cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix until all lumps have disappeared.
- Pour into graham cracker crust.
- Top with the can of cherry pie filling.
- Cover and then put in the refrigerator for 3 hours until firm.
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Now that you know my favorite recipe of all time, what is your favorite recipe?