No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake for Canada Day

No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake

It’s summer time!! Out come the mason jar desserts :) I was looking to share a great new recipe on the blog that I could share with guests at a Canada Day party, and I knew a mason jar dessert would be perfect. My mother always use to make this cheese cake recipe and it was a hit with everyone who shared it. You can thank my mama for sharing this No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake recipe today [for Canada Day!].

No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake

Any treat in a jar is always a hit. What is it about these mason jars that gets everyone so excited?! Your guests will definitely feel special when you hand them their own dessert jar!

No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake

I knew I wanted a dessert for my Canada Day festivities that would be red and white – like our wonderful country’s flag :) Cherry cheese cake is clearly the best red & white dessert out there!

No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake

The recipe takes some preparation because you need to let each of the layers chill and set before you add the next layer (3 layers total). Mine took about 30 minutes of actual prep time, but need 4 hours to chill in between layers. They will also sit in the fridge nicely overnight if you want to prep them early.

No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake

Print the recipe below if you want to try it at home :)

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A delicious, sweet summer treat! Perfect for sharing with friends and family!


  • 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 6 tbsps butter, melted
  • 1 pkg (250g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can cherry pie filling


  1. Mis graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and white sugar together. Press into the bottom of mason jars (or a pie plate if preferred). Let this set in the fridge for an hour.
  2. Beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour over the prepared pie crust in the mason jars and let chill for 3 hours.
  3. Top with cherry pie filling before serving. Serve and enjoy :)
No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake

I hope you liked the recipe! Now go make yourself some dessert!

If you’re wondering what it is floating around the background of these photos, it’s my DIY Canada Day Centerpiece :)



44 thoughts on “No Bake Cherry Cheese Cake for Canada Day

  1. Yay for Canadian bloggers! I love this recipe idea and you’ve inspired me to try something like this for Canada Day. Found you at Merry Monday – looking forward to reading more.

  2. OMG! This is a must for me to make DIET OR NOT! I think it will go great with the fourth of July festivities too. Love the mason jars!!! Love you blog btw. Come visit me sometime.

    1. I believe the jars are 125 ml. I purchased mine at my local grocery store, but I know you can get them at walmart too! The recipe fills approx. 12 jars :) Hope that helps! Thank you for the questions!

  3. So very easy and looks so cute for an individual dessert. I topped with fresh strawberries and slivers of mint leaves. I bought the 4oz mason jars at walmart, they came in a pack of 12 for around $9. (they look identical to the picture) Here is my one tip… is it was time consuming pressing the graham crackers down due to size of the opening. I tried everything from different spoons to fingers and came up with the bottom of an unused K-Cup. It fit perfectly and saved so much time.

  4. Any tips or comments in regards to freezing a recipe like this to make a bit ahead for an event? Have you tried it?

    1. I honestly haven’t tried freezing it! I have left it in the fridge for a couple nights and it was still delicious! If you do freeze it, I would thaw it in the fridge to keep it cool while it thaws. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  5. Going to try making this for my grandmothers 90th birthday party! How far in advance can you put the cherry filling on? Morning of? Party is in the afternoon. Thanks!

    1. Yes, you can definitely put it in the morning of! Or the day before even. As long as you let the cream cheese layer set first, which only takes an hour or so in the fridge. Hope everyone loves it! Especially your grandmother!

      1. Perfect, thank you!! :)
        And would they be okay stored in a cold cellar prior to serving or should they stay in the fridge?

  6. This looks delicious! I’d love to make it for a party. I’ve seen similar recipes that don’t use the condensed milk. But I keep coming back to this one! Just wondering, does the condensed milk add flavor or is it just for texture? :)

  7. Hi there! I cant wait to try the recipe! I did have a question though. When it says serves 12, does that mean the recipe fills 12 little mason jars? thanks!

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