Okay, have you guys had a lush before? We’ve got a seriously yummy strawberry lush that always gets rave reviews, so it was only natural that we go for round two with a cherry version of our tried-and-true staple. The key to a lush is that you’ve got a crushed cookie base, a cream cheese filling layer, a cheesecake pudding layer, topped with a fruity topping of your choice – here, we went with cherry pie filling – and then you top it all off with frozen whipped topping or whipped cream. Put it in the fridge so it sets nice and firmly, then slice it up, serve it and enjoy!
You could make a crust out of anything you want (shortbread, nuts, etc.), but we really like using vanilla sandwich cookies here to lend a subtly sweet flavor, without competing with the other flavors in the dish, namely the cherry cheesecake vibes we’ve got going on in here. With the cream cheese layer AND the cheesecake pudding layer, along with the cherry pie filling (secret: we’re suckers for the store-bought stuff!), this dessert is unbelievably yummy.
One thing though, do make sure to let your cherry cheesecake lush set in the fridge or freezer long enough if you want to see all those pretty layers – it’ll taste just as good either way, but we love how pretty this Layered desserts looks…everyone’s always impressed when we make it!
Cherry Cheesecake Lush – Layered desserts
Serves 12-16; 30 minutes active; 2+ hours inactive
- 1 package vanilla sandwich cookies (approx. 36 cookies), crushed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 (16 oz.) containers frozen whipped topping, divided
- 2 (3.4 oz.) boxes cheesecake instant pudding mix
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
- 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped