A Southern July 4th Tradition! Mother's Cherry Cheesecake Pie {Granny's Recipe}

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Celebrate the red, white and blue with this classic cheesecake pie. Perfect for a picnic or 4th of July party, the smooth and creamy cheesecake pie filling in graham crust will be a crowd pleaser for sure!

All my growing up years, I remember my Mother making this Cherry Cheesecake Pie in the summer around the July 4th depending on what day it fell on closest to the weekend. She always would have to make two of them so there would be enough to go around.

July 4th always meant barbecue chicken, potato salad, baked beans and corn of some sort was going to be on the menu.  July is when the corn is ready to pick, and many a July 4th we were shucking corn and putting them in the freezer. Right now, memories are flooding in how we spent our July 4th! Oh, how I loved those days!

This pie introduced in the 1950's when two products, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Eagle Brand Milk, came together, to create a pie known then as the "Cherry-O Cheese Pie".  Over the years, the name has changed from No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie, Cherry Cream Cheese Pie, and what I know it as today, Cherry Cheesecake Pie.  One thing hasn't changed, and that is the ingredients--graham crust, cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and cherry pie filling.

Cherry Cheesecake Pie is unbelievably easy and quick to make requiring only to be set in the refrigerator to set up---yes, no baking.  Enjoy!

Have a Fun and Safe July 4th!

Cherry Cheesecake Pie

    8 oz. cream cheese, softened (very softened to be creamy)
    14 oz. can condensed milk
    1/3 cup lemon juice
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 prepared graham cracker crust
    1 can cherry pie filling, chilled
In bowl of an electric mixer using the wire whisk attachment, beat cream cheese until fluffy and creamy without mini lumps.

Slowly add condensed milk and beat until cream and smooth.  On slow add lemon juice and vanilla and mix until well blended.

Pour in prepared crust and refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

Top with cherry pie filling and serve.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Cook's Note:  In the last years, I have used the Keebler Ready Crust 2 Extra Serving Pie Crust.  It makes the filling spread out a little further and the pie filling doesn't flow over the edges.

This recipe first published July 2013.  Updated June 2015

Kay Little
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  1. *drool* I should not be looking at this before dinner, sounds incredible!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  2. Love this recipe! =)

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Cheesecake is one of my most favorite desserts. Yours looks mouth-watering. I was just introduced to a recipe this week that combines these same ingredients together - pour into a bread pan - freeze - eat like ice cream. Will wonders ever cease huh? Thanks for sharing another one of your family favorites! =)

  4. Perfect Summer colors and dessert, cheesecake is my fav and I used to not even like it! Thanks for linking to Marvelous Mondays, pinned to my Marvelous Mondays board.

  5. Please send one to my house. Or can I just come to your house and try it out?

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  6. One of my favorite desserts! Beautiful photo too.
    Would love for you to share in on the Thursday BBQ Block Party!

  7. Such a beautiful and festive dessert-love the simplicity of the recipe too-so going to give this a try!
    Visiting from Marvelous Mondays!

  8. I make a NY style cheesecake that is awesome, but this is Mr OP's favorite!

  9. Yup, this is definitely a 4th of July staple in my neck of the woods, too! :) What a great reminder of home! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  10. Hoping over from Marvelous Mondays link party! This looks like a great pie!

  11. No bake is great this time of year! The pie looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday. Pinned it!

  12. I love that so many people have memories of food on that 4th of July! This looks great - thank you for sharing such a great, classic recipe. :) I already pinned it!

    Thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesdays this past week - hope to see you again!

  13. I just totally drooled!! Pinning!!
    Just dropping in from Let’s Get Social Sunday to thank you for joining in!
    Now following via Pinterest!

    @ My Turn for us

  14. This looks wonderful! Love cherries and the pie is perfect for summer. Stopping by from Marvelous Mondays!

  15. Anonymous7/07/2013

    This is one of my favorite. Looking at your photo brings back happy memories. Thanks so much for sharing this scrumptious cheesecake.

  16. This is my favorite kind of cheesecake and how my family has it every holiday!

  17. Kay, you are right- this is such a wonderful summer tradition! ♥ I want it at every get-together this summer!! Thank you for sharing at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned!! :)

  18. Back when I was in high school, years and years ago, this was called Cherry O'Cream Cheese Pie. I have made it many, many times.

  19. I love cherry cheesecakes and this cheesecake pie looks perfect. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  20. By condensed milk, do you mean "sweetened " condensed milk?


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