Cherry Dessert Recipes

Cherry DessertThere's Nothing Like a Retro Cherry Dessert
(Source: Don Bell)

You'll love these cherry dessert recipes. The Cherry Delight and Cherry Junk desserts featured below are beloved comfort foods that will bring back those fond memories of Mom's kitchen and childhood. Retro desserts such as these will always be popular because they are simple to prepare and taste so darn delicious.

Cherry Dessert Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Cherry DelightEnjoy Making a Homemade Cherry Delight Dessert
(Source: Don Bell)

Cherry Delight

Could Cherry Delight also be called Cherry Junk? Whatever it's called, here's a great recipe for Cherry Delight:

1/2 pound graham crackers
1/4 cup butter melted, or more if needed

Crush the graham crackers fine, mix with butter, and place in a 9x13 inch pan. (optional) Bake for 5 to 7 minutes at 350°F to set crust. Must cool completely.

The filling is made as follows:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temp
2 cups powdered sugar
2 packages Dream Whip®, or similar dessert topping

Prepare Dream Whip as directed on package. Add powdered sugar and cream cheese and mix well. Pour over graham crust and top with cherry pie filling. Chill well.

This dessert recipe has been in our family at least 40 plus years. It's a family favorite.

Simple Cherry Delight

Here's a simple cherry delight recipe that my aunt used to make that doesn't call for the usual cream cheese:

2-1/4 cups of graham wafer crumbs
3/8 cup soft margarine or butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Blend above ingredients together and save some for garnish later. Press in bottom of 9x14 inch pan for the crust.

1/2 pint whipping cream
1 10-ounce package mini marshmallows
1 can cherry pie filling

Whip 1/2 pint whipping cream and fold in one 10-ounce package of mini marshmallows; spread on graham wafer base, then spread with 1 can cherry pie filling. Garnish with remaining graham wafer crumbs and put in refrigerator 4 to 5 hours or overnight to chill. Enjoy.

Cherry Jubilee

Here's a similar cherry dessert recipe from a newspaper clipping I found in Mom's old recipe box. It's a take on the famous Cherries Jubilee that's very easy to make, and you could simply double the recipe for serving 8 to 10 people.

1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces Cool Whip® topping
1 can cherries, drained
Pecans, optional
Graham crumb crust, optional

Mix milk and Cool Whip, then add cherries and stir. Pecans may be added, if preferred. May be placed in a graham crumb crust or not. Chill overnight before serving.

Cherry Cha Cha

Here's another old fashioned cherry dessert that's good tasting, and the instructions for making the graham crumb crust could also apply to the above Cherry Jubilee recipe above.

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
1 can cherry pie filling
4 cups miniature marshmallows (white)
1/2 pint whipping cream

Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pack 3/4 of that mixture into a 9x9-inch pan (line the bottom of the pan with foil).

Whip the cream and add marshmallows. Put half of this mixture on top of graham crust. Cover that with cherry pie filling. Put remaining cream mixture on top. Sprinkle top with rest of graham crumbs. Cover with foil and put in fridge overnight to chill.

Cherry Dessert Recipe

Submitted by a Reader

My grandma's recipe for Cherry Junk is as follows:

Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate with vanilla wafers. Combine one 8-ounce package cream cheese, 1 cup miniature marshmallows, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Beat till well mixed.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over wafers and cover with 1 can cherry pie filling, then chill well.

My mom has been asking my grandma for her recipe for years, and Grandma finally found it! You could always replace the vanilla wafers with graham crackers if preferred.

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