The Country Cook: No-Machine Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Monday, June 10, 2013

No-Machine Cherry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Well y'all, it's that time of year again - summer! Kids are out of school and the warm days and nights are ahead of us. We are outside more and the sun is making us hot! It's fun and exhausting all at the same time. What better way to beat the heat than with some ice cream. And you don't even need a machine to make this delicious indulgence.
Now, I have an ice cream maker that I enjoy breaking out from time to time. I really love to make all of us a Homemade Frosty (only 2 ingredients!). And with ice cream makers, you only have to wait minutes for your treat. This recipe doesn't require any machine, it only has a few ingredients, but does require just a bit of patience while it sets up. But I promise, the wait is totally worth it. It comes out so creamy and smooth and the flavor is incredible. You don't need any fancy machine to impress your family and friends!

1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened to room temperature
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz.) tub whipped topping, thawed
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1 1/2 cups graham crackers, roughly chopped
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth.
Stir in sweetened condensed milk until combined.
Then stir in whipped topping.
When it comes to crushing the graham crackers, don't pound them to smithereens. You want some chunky graham cracker bits in there.
Gently stir in cherry pie filling and graham crackers.
You just want to very lightly stir it together because you want swirly bits of the cherry filling and graham crackers. Not a totally homogeneous mixture.
Pour mixture into a large loaf pan. My standard loaf pan was too small for this but the larger  (2 lb.) loaf pan worked great.
Cover very tightly with plastic wrap.
Then put into the freezer to set up (about 6 hours).
Then serve.
If your freezer tends to turn ice cream into hard blocks (like mine), then just sit it out on the counter for a few minutes and it won't take long to soften and make it easier to scoop.
Note: There are a lot of fun combinations with this recipe so have fun changing it up! Blueberry, strawberry or peach pie fillings would work great!


  1. I am making this as soon as I get to the grocery store to purchase the ingredients.....Joni Houston

    1. Joni, I am telling you that you will love this! I was amazed at how creamy it was and the flavor was outstanding! :)

  2. Yum that looks so good Brandie. I love making ice cream without a ice cream maker. Perfect for summer and what a great combination!

  3. This looks really great. I love your walk through pictures too! :)

  4. Love love love that we can make ice cream without a machine :) So glad I inspired you! ;) Love ya, Bran ♥

  5. Wow this looks amazing. I love strawberry cheesecake ice cream. I am going to be making this using the strawberry pie filling! I just love this site. Has so many great recipes! :) Lisa

  6. This sounds so yummy. A must try for me.


  7. Yummy home made ice cream recipe. I like to collect these ingredients as soon and make this. No doubt my kids are voting it. They are ice cream fans.

  8. Oh Honey (and I'm not just talking Graham Crackers here=) This sounds fabulous...mouth-watering..refreshing...cooling, etc. etc. What a terrific recipe. Definitely will be enjoying this yummy dish this summer. I LOVE that we can make ice cream without a freezer because we don't have one. Thanks much for sharing! <3 U Girl!

  9. Ice cream is my favorite. I like eat home maiden ice cream. Because I like to try this recipe. I think that’s taste different.

  10. Delicious is all I can say!!! Made it this weekend and it is definitely a keeper. It does get rather hard in my freezer so I have to remember to take it out prior to serving. Thanks Brandie, you did it again.

  11. This is so yummy! I didn't leave it in long enough to freeze and it was still really good. I took it to a dinner party and had lots of requests for the recipe. I will make this again and again. Oh, BTW, I made blueberry instead of cherry and added extra graham crackers, because I love them.

  12. Reminds me of my favorite DQ Blizzard: Strawberry Cheesequake.

  13. Could I make this tonight and eat tomorrow? Would it be good then too? It's just already 9:00 and I really want to make this

  14. Okay, I now have it in the freezer! When my hubby gets home from work, and after dinner, I thought this would be the perfect treat to celebrate getting to have windows open and letting spring in!

  15. Anyone know if you can use fresh cherries?

  16. I'm so excited to make this but am wondering if it'll work equally well if I DO use my little ice cream maker? My freezers will turn this into a hard block and then, if I remove to soften, the edges will get smooshy and the interior will be a brick of unattainable deliciousness. So can I use my lil' ice cream maker instead?

  17. I love homemade ice creams that don't require a maker! YUM! I just love your blog and reading your recipes! I am currently doing a call out for no-bake recipes on my recipe link party, The Yuck Stops Here and would love it if you would bring this recipe, your Easy Tiramisu and any other no-bake recipes you love to the party! The party starts tonight (Tuesday) at 8pm ET and can be found on my blog, Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos. I hope to see you there! HUGS

  18. Is there any way to make this for a sugar-free diabetic? My hubby would like it but it has to be sugar-free


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