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Cherry Cheesecake Lush Recipe

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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!

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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

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.

Variations

Blueberry Cheesecake Lush

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

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Lemon Cheesecake Lush

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

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Chocolate Cheesecake Lush

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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