You don’t even need to fire up the oven to make this Cherry Cheesecake. Don’t let the layers intimidate you, this recipe is pretty darn hard to mess up!


INGREDIENTS:
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
Add melted butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt to large bowl and toss until cookie crumbs are all thoroughly coated. Pour crumb mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish and press into an even layer. Place in refrigerator and chill until ready to use.
In a large bowl or mixer, beat cream cheese for 1-2 minutes, or until creamy and smooth, then add in powdered sugar and 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping. Beat until just combined, then spread out over chilled crust.

In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, cheesecake pudding mixes and remaining 1 cup frozen whipped topping. Mixture will thicken. Carefully spread pudding mixture out over cream cheese layer, then top with a layer of cherry pie filling.

Gently top with frozen whipped topping, trying not to drag cherry filling through it too much, then refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours, or until set. When ready to serve, top with chopped walnuts. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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