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Cherry Cheesecake Lush Recipe


Welcome to our delightful dessert section! Today, we’re sharing a recipe for Cherry Cheesecake Lush. This layered dessert combines a crunchy vanilla wafer and pecan crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and luscious cherry pie topping, making it perfect for any occasion. Let’s get started!



  • 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 16 oz whipped topping, divided
  • 2 small boxes cheesecake flavored pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 can (21 oz) Lucky Leaf cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (for topping)


Step 1: Prepare the Crust

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350Β°F (175Β°C).
  2. Mix Crust Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine the vanilla wafer crumbs, finely chopped pecans, and melted butter. Mix until the crumbs are well coated with butter.
  3. Press into Pan: Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Step 2: Prepare the Cream Cheese Layer

  1. Beat Cream Cheese: In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  2. Fold in Whipped Topping: Gently fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping until well combined.
  3. Spread Over Crust: Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust.

Step 3: Prepare the Pudding Layer

  1. Mix Pudding: In a separate mixing bowl, combine the cheesecake flavored pudding mix and milk. Whisk for 2-3 minutes until the pudding starts to thicken.
  2. Add Whipped Topping: Fold in 1 cup of the whipped topping.
  3. Spread Over Cream Cheese Layer: Spread the pudding mixture evenly over the cream cheese layer.

Step 4: Top with Cherry Pie Filling

  1. Add Cherry Pie Filling: Spread the cherry pie filling evenly over the pudding layer.

Step 5: Add Final Layer of Whipped Topping

  1. Top with Whipped Topping: Spread the remaining whipped topping evenly over the cherry pie filling.
  2. Sprinkle Pecans: Sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly over the top of the whipped topping.

Step 6: Chill and Serve

  1. Chill: Refrigerate the cherry cheesecake lush for at least 2 hours, or until set.
  2. Serve: Cut into squares and serve chilled. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Crust: Make sure the crust is completely cool before adding the cream cheese layer to prevent it from melting.
  • Whipped Topping: If you prefer, you can use homemade whipped cream instead of store-bought whipped topping.
  • Pudding Mix: Ensure you use instant pudding mix, not cook-and-serve, for the proper consistency.


Blueberry Cheesecake Lush

Substitute the cherry pie filling with blueberry pie filling for a blueberry cheesecake version.


Lemon Cheesecake Lush

Use lemon pudding mix instead of cheesecake flavored pudding and top with lemon curd for a refreshing lemon flavor.


Chocolate Cheesecake Lush

Use chocolate pudding mix instead of cheesecake flavored pudding and top with chocolate shavings for a decadent chocolate version.


Tropical Cheesecake Lush

Add a layer of crushed pineapple (well-drained) on top of the pudding layer and top with toasted coconut flakes for a tropical twist.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

Yes, this dessert can be made a day in advance. In fact, it tastes even better after chilling overnight.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze this dessert?

It’s not recommended to freeze this dessert as the texture may change upon thawing.

What can I use instead of vanilla wafer crumbs?

You can use graham cracker crumbs or digestive biscuit crumbs as a substitute for vanilla wafer crumbs.

How do I prevent the layers from mixing?

Ensure each layer is spread evenly and gently to prevent mixing. Chilling between layers can also help set each layer before adding the next.


This Cherry Cheesecake Lush is a delightful and easy-to-make dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With its layers of creamy cheesecake, rich pudding, and luscious cherry topping, it’s sure to be a hit with everyone. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious dessert with your family and friends!