No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Parfaits
For a fast and easy no bake dessert, try these sweet cherry cheesecake parfaits! Ready in about 15 minutes, it’s a great last minute dessert idea!
The perfect cheesecake parfait that comes together in just minutes! Silky smooth, creamy no bake cheesecake is layered with crushed vanilla wafers and sweet dark cherries!
I have a tendency to go a bit over the top with my desserts… case in point here… so for this recipe I wanted to settle down a bit. You know, make something that doesn’t look intimidating, doesn’t require a bunch of forethought or planning, and that everyone will LOVE! Enter, the cheesecake parfait!
Truth be told, I was always skeptical of no bake cheesecake recipes. I thought they’d taste like plain cream cheese! But you know, once you whip the cream cheese with the marshmallow creme and then fold in the cool whip… it tastes delicious!
One thing I really love about this recipe, is that you can use it as a base recipe and swap out the fruit for whatever sounds good to you! Same goes for the vanilla wafers… try it with some graham crackers or even crushed oreos. I chose to leave the cherries whole, but you could chop them if you wanted.
Keep in mind, when I made these cheesecake parfaits, fresh cherries weren’t in season, so I had to use frozen (and thawed)… so I can only imagine how amazing it would taste with fresh cherries!
I spooned my cheesecake filling into a pastry bag and piped it into the stemless wine glasses, but if you’d rather not hassle with it, just spoon it in.
So the next time you’re looking for an easy, super satisfying dessert, give these cheesecake parfaits a try!!
- 8 oz package cream cheese softened
- 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme or fluff
- 16 oz cool whip thawed
- Vanilla wafer cookies crushed
- 3 cups sweet cherries pitted
- handful of sliced almonds
- grated dark chocolate for garnish (optional)
Add vanilla wafers to a large resealable plastic bag and seal. Using a rolling pin or heavy pan, crush cooking until they are in small, pea sized pieces.
Add a sprinkle of crushed cookies to the bottom of stemless wine glasses or whichever containers you're serving the parfait in.
Sprinkle a few sliced almonds over the top of the cookies, and set aside.
To a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese and marshmallow creme. Using a hand mixer, beat together until well combined.
Use a rubber spatula to fold in thawed cool whip.
Spoon mixture into a large piping bag fitted with any decorating tip you desire.
Pipe in a layer of cheesecake filling and top with a handful of sweet cherries.
Repeat with crushed cookies, almonds, cheesecake and cherries until glasses are full.
Garnish with a few extra sliced almonds and a bit of grated dark chocolate.
1. If you'd prefer a dip instead of parfaits, spread the crushed vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 9x13" pan, sprinkle almonds over the top, and gently top with cheesecake filling. Top cheesecake with cherries (whole or chopped), a sprinkle of almonds, and some grated dark chocolate. Serve chilled.