Check out this Easy Cherry Lush! You will find it loaded with a creamy cheesecake layer, then cheesecake pudding, cherry pie filling, and of course, a whipped topping. It’s luscious and perfect for summer bbq’s and potlucks.
Easy Cherry Lush
During the warm months, I tend to make desserts more often. Desserts that are easy to make and kept in the refrigerator are always best. I have been so anxious for warm weather lately. It feels like spring is never going to officially arrive here in Cincinnati. Last week, when we were teased with a warm day, I made the made the most delicious No Bake Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake. It made me long for summer even more, ha ha.
In the past, I have made the most amazing Lemon Lush Bars. They are always perfect during the summer months. The whole family really likes them. I had some cherry pie filling hanging out in my pantry so I decided it was time to make a cherry version.
When I eat cheesecake, I always like cherry topping. I guess it is traditional so I always seem to stick to what I know I will like. Since I like cherries with my cheesecake, I knew a Cherry Lush would be amazing. I can confess that I was licking the bowl while making this dreamy dessert, lol. I just couldn’t wait to try all the flavors together.
I started with the same basic crust for this lush as I did with the Lemon version. I topped it with a layer of cream cheese mixture. Then added on some simple boxed cheesecake pudding, cherry pie filling, and some whipped topping. Oh… I added on some chopped pecans too! They were not needed but added a bit to the topping.
Lush desserts are always so tasty. The layers of yumminess always make for wonderful desserts. They are great for potlucks, bbq’s, or just to have for an after dinner dessert.
If you decide to make my Cherry Cheesecake Lush, you could use a graham cracker crust, a Nilla crust, or even an Oreo crust. The flavors of any crust can work with the cherries and the cheesecake.
While you are shopping this week, add these super simple ingredients to your shopping list to make this amazing dessert. You can have it made quite quickly and easily. Just a few messy dishes to clean up!
8 tbsp softened Butter
3/4 cup Sugar, divided
3/4 cup Flour
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
1 pkg Instant Cheesecake Pudding Mix (3.3 oz)
1 3/4 cup Milk
21 oz Cherry Pie Filling
8 oz thawed Frozen Whipped Topping
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease an 8×8″ dish.
Cream the butter and 1/4 cup sugar until creamy.
Beat in the flour until well blended.
Press into bottom of prepared pan and bake 25 minutes or until lightly brown on edges.
Allow to cool.
Beat together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended.
Spread over cooled crust.
In another bowl combine pudding mix and milk and beat for 3 minutes until barely thickened.
Spread over the cream cheese.
Spread cherry pie filling over pudding mixture.
Refrigerate until pudding is set.
Spread whipped topping over bars.
Garnish with chopped pecans if desired.
Do you have a favorite Lush dessert?
Cherry Cheesecake Lush
- 8 tbsp softened Butter
- 3/4 cup Sugar divided
- 3/4 cup Flour
- 8 oz Cream Cheese
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 pkg Instant Cheesecake Pudding Mix 3.3 oz
- 1 3/4 cup Milk
- 21 oz Cherry Pie Filling
- 8 oz thawed Frozen Whipped Topping
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease an 8x8" dish.
- Cream the butter and 1/4 cup sugar until creamy.
- Beat in the flour until well blended.
- Press into bottom of prepared pan and bake 25 minutes or until lightly brown on edges.
- Allow to cool.
- Beat together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended.
- Spread over cooled crust.
- In another bowl combine pudding mix and milk and beat for 3 minutes until barely thickened.
- Spread over the cream cheese.
- Spread cherry pie filling over pudding mixture.
- Refrigerate until pudding is set.
- Spread whipped topping over bars.
- Garnish with chopped pecans if desired.