This is another time revered family recipe handed down from my grandmother. At the top of the well worn recipe card is written: kissing wears out; cooking don’t! That was one of my grandfather’s favorite sayings, and this was one of his favorite recipes which graced the table at family gatherings and holidays. It’s also easy to make which means that it’s a great way for new cooks to increase their confidence!
This recipe needs to chill overnight, so it’s important to begin the day before your special event.
To make Cherry Delight:
You will first need to make the pie crust which is a thick cookie like crust. Mix 1 stick of margarine or butter with 1 cup of flour. You can soften the margarine, but don’t let it get too soft!
Press the mix into the bottom of an 8 inch square pan. Bake the crust at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until slightly browned. Let the crust cool.
To make the Cherry Delight portion of the dessert you’ll need:
8 ounces of cream cheese
1. cup 10 x sugar(confectioner’s sugar)
1 can of cherry filling(you can use blueberry or apple also if you like, but we prefer cherry)
1 package of Dream Whip Topping Mix
Mix the package of Dream Whip Topping according to the directions on the package which basically ask you to add cold milk and vanilla to the mix and beat with an electric mixer. Dream Whip Topping mix can usually be found in the grocery store in the baking aisle or near the pudding mixes. After mixing, refrigerate until slightly cooled. This will thicken the mixture.
While that is cooling, mix 8 ounces of cream cheese and the 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar. The cream cheese will mix better if it’s softened!
When the sugar and cream cheese are thoroughly mixed, fold in the topping. Blend thoroughly with a mixer until smooth. Pour the topping mixture over the cooled baked crust and top with the cherry pie filling.
Chill overnight before serving.
I have to mention that I have had trouble finding Dream Whip Topping at our local grocery store when I moved out of state a few years ago. My sister felt so bad for me that she shipped me a box full of Dream Whip mix one year for Christmas so I could make the dessert for my children! Since then, I’ve discovered that another specialty grocery store in the area does sell the mix.