Holiday Cherry Cheesecake

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Holiday Cherry Cheesecake Holiday Cherry Cheesecake Recipe Courtesy of

Difficulty: Moderate

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1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sweetened coconut

2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
2/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 (21 oz.) cans cherry pie filling





Preheat oven to 350 degrees 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.

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calls for pie pan but shows bigger cake pan what size do we use?

By joyce on November 24, 2013


Miss you on tv. Your recipes are the best!

By Bettye Hutchinson on November 10, 2013


Huge fan!! Enjoy your recipes!!! Thanks for sharing.

By Natalie Djudjich on September 28, 2013


Do u have a recipie for cherry turnovers

By James Deen Jennings on September 02, 2013


This is third time I've made this - use 9 x 13 dish to bake it in. Makes a wonderful holiday dessert. At Christmas time, made it for the first time. My niece loved it, saying neither she nor her hubby cared for cheesecake, but this had just the right taste and consistency that it's not exactly a cheesecake. Love it and have always admired Paula Deen and her cooking. Oh, and I also throw a few drops of almond extract over the cherry pie filling before baking.

By Trish Caron on February 10, 2013


Made this over xmas. I used cherry and cranberry pie filling and used a large Pyrex glass pan. This was my first ever cheesecake.. I did not realize how easy this would be. Also, it was a huge hit. It wasn't overly rich, had a very mild, very clean flavor.. I am making one again for my husband's potluck valentines lunch at work. I think I will make 2 pans because the last one didn't last the night between 6 people lol.

By Rachel on February 05, 2013


i used a pie plate too :( oh well, next time i'll use a bigger dish...

By Jewelry by JoolryLane on February 02, 2013


The Cheese Cake looks so delicious I'm gonna try it....I know it has to be good if its made by The Amazing Woman Paula Deen smile

By Cindy Natale on January 26, 2013


Looks so YUMMY and I can't wait to try it! It looks like its in a 13x9 pan! Need to include calories and etc. on the recipes smile

By Barbara Allen on January 15, 2013


It looks so YUMMY,cant wait to try it.And it looks like its in a 13x9 pan in this pic!

By Anonymous on January 15, 2013


This recipe was good! Perfect size for a 9x13 dish.

By Cara Kite on January 06, 2013


When the cheesecake comes out of the oven after baking 15 minutes, it is too soft to spread the cherry pie filling on top without it sinking down into the cheesecake. Also, it doesn't fit we'll into a pie pan, as the recipe suggests. I had to put it in a 9 x 13 dish. Needless to say the first time I made it, I threw it out and had to start over.

By Melanie H. on December 25, 2012


I also thought this looked like too much filling for a pie pan, and I found out the hard way that I should have used a 13 x 9 pan. I wish I had gone with my common sense. It's baking right now and overflowing. I'm glad I placed foil underneath.

By paula on December 23, 2012


Hi Paula, I am a residental manager. I would like you to help me with menus. I would hope that you will help me for with some desserts and main course. Thank you Paula I watch you show all the time.

By Carolyn Harrison on December 22, 2012


I just love all your shows hope to get to meet you some day would love to cook with you my husband cooks for me and it's wonderful when he does it , Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of your family . Diane Gilkinson

By diane gilkinson on December 21, 2012


I made this Holiday Cheesecake for Thanksgiving and it was the best cheesecake I have ever had. After having a serving that evening, I wish I had chose to hide it from the family. It would have been more for me. I did make this in a 9 x 13 dish . I will be making the cheesecake again for Christmas. Everyone loved it.

By Carole on December 21, 2012


This is the same recipe as Criso's Holiday Cherry Cheese Bars (which I make every year). It's a 9X13 for those questioning the pan size.

By Roxanne on December 18, 2012


The dish that is being used in the picture does not look like a pie pan. Looks more like a 13 x 9 dish. Which is it?

By Carol Barber on December 18, 2012


I was wondering what size of a dish one should use, 9X9 or 9X12?

By Mark on December 17, 2012


I am not rating the cheese cake. This was just the first posting I came across and decided to use it. Yesterday I spent the entire day making goodies for my Christmas baskets. I had picked some of your cookie recipes to use. I know it wasn't smart to use a recipe that I hadn't tried before but how could you mess up on this type of thing? I made the Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookie,Three Chocolate Cookies, Devil Drop Cookies, and the White Chocolate Coconut Cookies. I made the Devil Drop Cookie first. After tasting it I thought maybe I had left out an ingredient. All of my ingredients were new and within expiration date. They were horrible. I would not even rate them. So I thought I would try another. I tried the Three Chocolate one. It too tasted like something was missing. There are too many great chocolate chip type recipes that are sinful, but this one is less than mediocre. No stars. I made the dough for the Gooey cookie. Put in refrigerator to cool. Made the white chocolate coconut. Put to the side and pulled the dough out after 2 hours. They too are less than mediocre. I finished up the coconut ones. My whole day spent in the kitchen. When my husband came in from out of town I asked him to taste the cookies. He started with the Devil drop...threw it in the trash can and said NOT to give it to anybody. (So it wasn't just me...should have known when I saw it had 4 stars). Then the Three Chocolate...he turned up his nose and asked what was wrong with my baking. My cookies and things never turn out bad. Then the Gooey one. He also threw that one away. He said they were all awful. The last was the coconut. He actually finished that one. But he also said it did not come up to my standards. To think that I spent all day in the kitchen and I really can't use any of the things I baked. I am so disappointed not only because I have to start over, but also because of the money it cost me to bake these and not be able to use them. When my sister comes from Atlanta I will let her try. Maybe her taste buds will be different. This will be the last time I will try a Paula Deen recipe on the first go around. I will have to make it and then remake if it is good. No stars for 3 of these and 1 star for the coconut.

By Gretchen

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