This pie has been a favorite of mine since my best friend Morgan introduced it to me a few years ago. It’s super easy – whipped cream, cream cheese, and cherry pie filling. Some chilling time in the fridge, and you’re set with a great dessert to take to a pool party or backyard barbecue.
I like to use a blind baked pie shell, because I feel they hold up the best. But, a graham cracker or Oreo crust are also excellent choices that work well with this pie. You can also feel free to switch around pie fillings – I’ve tried it with strawberry and blueberry as well. While I often reach for generic brands to save money, when it comes to pie filling – you get what you pay for. Lucky Leaf has been making quality pie fillings for over 60 years. You guys know I make things “from scratch” as often as I can, but I always keep a couple of cans of these fillings in my pantry – just because they’re such a great “go to” for desserts like this.
Cherry Cheese Pie
1 blind-baked pie shell (recipe here)
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling, chilled
Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until light and fluffy – set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the whipping cream at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla, and increase speed to high. Beat until stiff peaks form, about 30 seconds more.
Carefully fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese until thoroughly combined. Pour into the cooled pie crust, and smooth the top with a spatula. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Top pie with chilled pie filling and return to refrigerator to chill for 1 more hour before serving.