Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake

Delicious, No Bake Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake. You’ll love the layers of cookie crust, creamy pistachio cheesecake, cherry pie filling and whipped cream! The perfect holiday dessert idea!

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This Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake was one of those recipes that sounded perfect in my head, but took a couple tries to perfect.

I thought by substituting a few ingredients every thing would be magically ideal, but that totally did not happen. If you follow me on Instagram (<—-be sure to follow me 😉 ) you may have seen on my instastories a few weeks ago that I made this, and it failed. Upon releasing the springform pan, the upper layers collapsed and fell. The taste was amazing, but it just didn’t HOLD UP.

So, I went back to the drawing board and tweaked my original recipe. With delicious, perfect results. If you love no bake cheesecake, like this Banana Cream Cheesecake, then today’s Pistachio version is going to make you smile. I could live on pistachio desserts. I know, it’s one of those acquired tastes. Not everyone loves them. For instance, this Watergate Cake is one of my favorite cakes. It’s green and packed with nuts, and makes the kids grown and frown because they just don’t “get it.” But one bite, oh lordy, it’s so good.

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When making today’s cheesecake, using good quality ingredients made all the difference. No off brands for me, as I think sometimes you need to use reliable trustworthy brands. For me, that includes original Nilla Wafers cookies (I think they just have a better taste than off brand), Philadelphia Cream Cheese (beats up fluffy EVERY time, without fail), and Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie Filling (I find it less watery and packed with more cherries than the off brand version). Just an FYI, this is NOT a sponsored recipe, just sharing what I love 🙂

With that said, go whip up this delicious, creamy cheesecake for your holidays!

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Yield: 12 servings

Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake

Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake
Prep Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Delicious, No Bake Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake. You'll love the layers of cookie crust, creamy pistachio cheesecake, cherry pie filling and whipped cream! The perfect holiday dessert idea!


For the Crust:

  • 1 box (11 oz) Nilla wafers cookies
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake layer:

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant pistachio pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 oz) Cherry Pie filling

For the topping:

  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 crushed Nilla wafer cookies, for garnish


  1. Spray the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, grind the vanilla wafer (reserving about 4 of them for the garnish) into a fine crumb. Add in the granulated sugar and melted butter and combine together with a fork. Press crust mixture into the bottom of the springform pan. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar for 3-4 minutes until fluffy. Add in whipping cream and pistachio pudding mix. Blend until creamy. Pour onto crust.
  4. Top with Cherry Pie filling, spreading evenly over the pistachio cheesecake layer. Top with Cool Whip. Crush remaining 4 cookies and sprinkle over the top.
  5. Refrigerate for 3 hours (or overnight). Remove springform pan right before serving and enjoy!

More holiday dessert recipes:

  • This Grinch Peppermint Fudge is easy to make with no candy thermometer. Plus, it’s super cute too!
  • You’ll love this festive Christmas Lasagna Dessert from Erin at Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts. It’s beautifully layered with a pudding filling!
  • These Rice Krispies Christmas Wreaths from Kathryn at Family Food on the Table are easy enough for the kids to help! And who doesn’t love a chewy treat??
  • Start your holiday with this Cherry Cheesecake Dip. Is it an appetizer or dessert???
  • Impress your family and friends with this perfect Christmas Cake Roll from Dorothy at Crazy for Crust. It’s a great way to end your holiday!

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12 comments on “Pistachio Cherry Cheesecake”

  1. What a beautiful cake! I’ve never prepared one like this before, but this looks so tasty that I’ll have to try =)

  2. Nicole

    I made this for a graduation party! It tasted great and is super fun to make and was a total original ❤️ I do have a question though. I mixed the cream cheese and sugar in my stand mixer for the 3-4 minutes, added 2 T whipped cream and the package of jello pudding and it ended up having an almost taffy like consistency. Is that right? It said to “pour the mixture in, but mine would not have poured out at all. It was definitely a scooping project. This led me to wonder if the whipping cream measurements were off. Either way it was delicious! Thanks for all of your fun recipes! 

  3. Tayler Ross

    I love this flavor combination! This is such a pretty cheesecake!

  4. Liz

    Oh my! This looks heavenly! I love pistachio and always forget to use it in recipes!

  5. What a fun and interesting flavor combo, I am sure the two would be heavenly together!

  6. Kara

    I love pistachios and cherries, to this is going right onto my holiday baking list!

  7. Rachael Yerkes

    This is such a fun dessert! Love it!!

  8. Sommer

    Whoa!!! So soft and packed with flavor. This cheesecake is utterly irresistible.

  9. Marjory

    I love the layers in this recipe! I love pistachios, but rarely use them in baking…but the pairing with cherry is PERFECT!

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