Holiday Cherry Cheesecake Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 60 MINUTES

9 ratings
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  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (21 oz) cans cherry pie filling


Preheat oven to 350°F.


For crust, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs form and add 1/2 cup of nuts to crust, and 1/2 of the coconut into crust mixture. Mix well and remove 1/2 cup of the crust mixture and set aside with the remaining nuts and coconut. This will be used for the topping. Press the crust mixture into a pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or light golden brown.


Beat together cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pour into baked crust. Smooth it over the crust. Bake for another 15 minutes. Pour cherry pie filling over the cheesecake, and smooth over. Sprinkle reserved crust mixture over cherry pie filling. Bake 15 minutes more and then let cool. Refrigerate over night. Cut and enjoy.

Holiday Cherry Cheesecake


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9 Reviews

Cheryl 12/10/2014
Awesome cheeseca

Awesome cheesecake!

Jayne 12/2/2014
@ben, You should

@ben, You should try this before you judge. I have been making these for more than 20 years as Crisco came out with this recipe more than 20 years ago around the holidays. It was in the coupon insert with a coupon for butter flavored Crisco. These are awesome and definitely not dry.

The PDN Web
The PDN Web 12/1/2014
Hi Sheryl and Ro

Hi Sheryl and Robin,
Thanks for your comments! The recipe will fit in a pie pan but will be a thick pie. If you'd like thinner "bars" like in the photo, use a glass pan. Happy cooking!

Sheryl 11/29/2014
It says to put i

It says to put it in a pie pan but the picture looks more like a 9x13? Sounds like a lot of ingredients for a pie pan.

Ben 11/29/2014
I'm sorry but th

I'm sorry but this cheesecake would be horribly dry, I will stick with my cheesecake recipe

robin 11/29/2014
You say use a "p

You say use a "pie pan", yet your photo views as if you used a 9"x13" glass cake pan. So which one is it? Which one should I use for this recipe? This is confusing. Thank you.

Trina 11/8/2014
looks and sounds

looks and sounds delicious and easy to make. My daughter-in-law usually makes our cheese cakes but this one I will do.

Dolores 10/11/2014
Sounds delicious

Sounds delicious and simple to make

Laurrie 10/5/2014
5 starts!

5 starts!

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