Easy Cheese Cake – Blueberry, Cherry, or Strawberry

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This easy cheese cake takes me back to my Grandma Betty’s kitchen every time I taste it. She made it every holiday and it was always a hit. My cousin, Julie, took over the task of preparing it when Grandma Betty was no longer able to. Since moving to Florida, my family hadn’t had the pleasure of biting into this scrumptious dessert – until last year at Christmas. I called up Julie and got the recipe from her. We all “mmm…mmm…mmm’d” with every bite! 😋easy-cheese-cake-blueberry-cherry-strawberry-culinary-craftiness

If you’re looking for an unbelievably delicious, but easy to make dessert for the holidays or any time you want to impress your family and friends, this no-bake cream cheese cake is the answer. Top it with sliced fresh strawberries and a bag of strawberry gel (found near the strawberries in the fresh fruit section), or canned cherry, blueberry, or strawberry pie filling. All three versions are incredibly delish!Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with Blueberry, Cherry, or Strawberry Topping | Culinary Craftiness

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake with Blueberry, Cherry, or Strawberry Topping | Culinary CraftinessGrandma always used Dream Whip, but they didn’t have pre-made whipped topping back when she started making this. I’m pretty sure you can still find it at grocery stores. I think I’ll pick up a box or two to have on hand. You can make homemade whipped cream by whipping heavy whipping cream with powdered or granulated sugar until stiff peaks have formed. But we think this dessert tastes great with Cool Whip. 🙂Easy Cheese Cake - Blueberry, Cherry, or Strawberry | Culinary Craftiness

Since manufacturers are putting fewer crackers and cookies in the bags these days – and charging more – the number of packages of graham crackers needed in this recipe depends on which brand you buy. It might take more or less depending on how much crust you like. My family likes more, rather than less.

Easy Cheese Cake – Blueberry, Cherry, or Strawberry

Crust:
3 to  3-1/2 pkgs. graham crackers
1/8 cup sugar
2-1/2 to 3 sticks melted butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Cream Cheese Layer:
2 pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tsp. vanilla
1 large bowl Cool Whip or prepared Dream Whip

Topping Options:
1 lb. Sliced fresh strawberries & bag of gel
2 Cans blueberry, cherry, or strawberry pie filling

Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs in a gallon freezer bag with a rolling pin, or whiz in a food processor. Dump bag of crumbs into a 9×13 pan and stir in sugar, nuts, and melted butter. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour before spreading on the cream cheese layer.

In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer or whisk to mix the softened cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Spread evenly over the graham cracker crust.

Spread whipped topping evenly over the cream cheese layer.

Spoon the fruit topping over the top of the whipped topping layer.

Chill in refrigerator for 4 or more hours before serving. Cut into squares.

Store leftovers in refrigerator.

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Easy Cheese Cake – Blueberry, Cherry, or Strawberry

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Easy Cheese Cake – Blueberry, Cherry, or Strawberry

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 3 to 3-1/2 pkgs. graham crackers
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 sticks melted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
  • Cream Cheese Layer:
  • 2 pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large bowl Cool Whip or prepared Dream Whip
  • Topping Options:
  • 1 lb. Sliced fresh strawberries & bag of gel
  • 1 or 2 Canned blueberry pie filling
  • 1 or 2 Canned cherry pie filling

Instructions

  1. Crush graham crackers into fine crumbs in a gallon freezer bag with a rolling pin, or whiz in a food processor. Dump bag of crumbs into a 9x13 pan and stir in sugar, nuts, and melted butter. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate for at least one hour before spreading on the cream cheese layer.
  2. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer or whisk to mix together the softened cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Spread evenly over the graham cracker crust.
  3. Spread whipped topping evenly over the cream cheese layer.
  4. Spoon the fruit topping over the top of the whipped topping layer.
  5. Chill in refrigerator for 4 or more hours before serving. Cut into squares.
  6. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
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