This is one of the easiest desserts, you can possibly make! It takes about 15 minutes to put this together, but it tastes wonderful. There are many recipes for this around, but this is one my mother added a few of her own touches to and it really adds to the flavor. Mama always uses just a little almond flavoring in anything with cherries and it just gives it a great taste. We use mostly Watkins flavorings and spices, because they are the best quality. If you plan on doing much baking at all, invest in a bottle of almond flavoring. This is actually a no bake cheesecake and believe it or not, some people prefer it to the kind that takes forever to make and bake!
Here is what you will need for this recipe:
1 prepared graham cracker pie shell (the large 2-extra helping size works best for this)
1 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 (8 oz.) carton of frozen whipped topping
1 (19 oz.) cherry pie filling (can substitute blueberry or strawberry also)
Whip the cream cheese and sugar in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add the almond flavoring and the lemon juice. Fold in the whipped topping and mix well.
Pour into the graham cracker crust and spread evenly. Pour the pie filling into the center of the pie and spread to the edges. Place the top back on the pie and chill for at least 3 hours.
Slice and serve! Keep leftovers refrigerated.