Monday, July 25, 2011

Cherry Cheesecake

For my youngest son's birthday, I asked if he would like the baked cheesecake that I made for him last year or his old favorite. Last year's was a gorgeous dessert with kiwi, strawberries, blueberries & raspberries on top.  He requested the old stand-by, from childhood, which is so easy, but he must really love.  It's funny how kids (even grown-up ones) remember their old favorites!!  I then suggested that I would make a blueberry topping for it, but no, he wanted the cherry pie filling on top!  The moral of this story is:  Don't mess with a good thing!!!  Happy Birthday, Kevin.   Here's your favorite cherry cheesecake.

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 c. lemon juice
1 t. vanilla
1 graham cracker crust (store-bought or homemade)
1 can cherry pie filling

Beat cream cheese until fluffy.  Add sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice & vanilla.  Pour into crust.  Add cherry pie filling on top.

Graham Cracker Crust

If you have time, make a homemade graham cracker crust.  It's SO much better than store-bought!!!

11 whole graham crackers
2 T. sugar
4 T. melted butter

In a food processor, crush the graham crackers.  Add the sugar & the melted butter.  Mix again.  Pour the crumbs into a 9" pie pan. Pat the crumbs down & up the sides of the pie pan.   Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Cool before filling.

I am sharing this with Tea Party Tuesday & Sweet Tooth Friday.

1 comment:

  1. Kitty, you are amazing...the cherries look so juicy I thought about wiping my computer screen off!!! HA...such a talent you are and I am so glad you shared this w/ me on Tea Party Tuesday, you inspire me.


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