Quick & Easy No-Cook Cherry Shtuff Dessert

by Texas Homesteader ~
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There’s a favored family holiday no-cook sweet cherry dessert that my family loves. It’s filled with deliciousness such as cherry pie filling, whipped topping, crushed pineapple, cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. And it’s requested, errrrrdemanded every year by all in my family that I bring it. Luckily for me it’s super easy to whip together and requires NO COOKING.

Quick & Easy NO-COOK CHERRY DESSERT - This tasty dessert uses pie filling, cool whip, crushed pineapple, sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese! #TexasHomesteader

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In our family there are certain dishes that are requested year after year for certain family members to bring to special holiday meal gatherings. 

For my mother it’s her chocolate pies. That delicious family recipe goes back at least to my great grandmother and maybe even further. It’s a highly-guarded secret family recipe.

RancherMan always gets requests for his delicious version of green bean casserole.

And sister usually gets requested to make her deviled eggs. For me? It’s always (aaaaaaalways) a sweet cherry desserty dish I call Cherry Shtuff.

I’m not really sure what its official name would be – maybe cherry salad? Maybe cherry fluff?

Whatever the official name is, in our family for decades it’s been called Cherry Shtuff and it’s a non-negotiable part of the holidays!

Simple No-Bake Cherry Dessert Ingredients

First I assemble the simple ingredients:

    • One can of cherry pie filling (I like Comstock brand the best but it’s pretty pricey so today I’m using a generic brand)
    • A block of cream cheese,
    • One  can of crushed pineapple,
    • A can of sweetened condensed milk (I make my own but you can buy a can if you like) and
    • A small tub of whipped dessert topping.

UPDATE: These days I make my own Cherry Pie Filling. That way there’s more actual ‘cherry’ in my cherry pie filling! I’ve used canned, frozen and even dehydrated cherries. 

Making A Sweet Cherry No-Bake Dessert

Anyway, once I have everything assembled, here’s how my no-cook Cherry Shtuff dessert all comes together:

First I drain my pineapple and set it aside.

Now when our kids were small our youngest daughter always asked to drink the drained pineapple juice. So even now when I’m making Cherry Shtuff for the holidays I miss her asking for it!

Sweet memories…

Quick & Easy NO-COOK CHERRY DESSERT - This tasty dessert uses pie filling, cool whip, crushed pineapple, sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese! #TexasHomesteader

Then I whip up my homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk. It’s so easy using only a few ingredients:

    • Powdered Milk
    • Boiling Water
    • Melted Butter
    • Sugar
    • Vanilla extract

Blend it all together and then BOOM! Sweetened condensed milk. Why pay over $3 for a can when it’s just this dang easy to make it yourself??!

Cream Cheese Snafu Fixed!

Now it’s time to mix in the cream cheese. Now thinking ahead and bringing the cream cheese out of the fridge to soften before starting this recipe in the first place would have been just great, huh??!

But sometimes during the holidays we highfalutin‘ chefs don’t practice much forethought. Or is that just me?  (eh hemm…)

Using a fork and then a whisk to try to smoothly blend my cold cream cheese with my sweetened condensed milk just wasn’t doing it for me. I just couldn’t get it smooth enough.

But several weeks ago I bought a * Ninja Master Prep Set and I can’t say enough about it. (No, they didn’t pay me a dime to say that – I just love it that much!)

So RancherMan suggested using the Ninja since I already had it out on the counter (duh!)

Since I’d already dirtied the smaller Ninja while making my homemade sweetened condensed milk I wanted to use it instead of dirtying up my larger Ninja as well. But I was afraid it wouldn’t hold all of the milk/cream cheese mixture at once without making a mess. (See??  FORETHOUGHT!)

To avoid a mess I put half the milk and half the cream cheese into the smaller Ninja. Then I whirred it around for about 10 seconds and it was perfectly smooth & creamy.

I poured it into my mixing bowl and then I did the second half. Done and DONE!

Mixing Up The Dessert

Now that my cream cheese & milk mixture is smooth and poured into my mixing bowl I add a can of cherry pie filling and gently fold it all together.

Then I stir the drained pineapple into the mixture, and finally I fold in the whipped topping.

You can use the whole tub of whipped topping, but I find that it makes it a little TOO floofy for my liking.

Yes, floofy is a word, I’ve deemed it so! I usually use about 3/4 of the tub of whipped topping.

Quick & Easy NO-COOK CHERRY DESSERT - This tasty dessert uses pie filling, cool whip, crushed pineapple, sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese! #TexasHomesteader

When all is blended thoroughly I like to sprinkle chopped pecans on top to make it look pretty and to give it a light nutty crunch.

Now I’m all done – dessert in minutes with no cooking!

And because you asked so nicely I’ll share my super fast no-bake cherry dessert recipe with you!

Cherry Shtuff - Quick & Easy No-Bake Cherry Dessert

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry, cherry pie filling, dessert, no-bake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com


  • 1 21-oz can Cherry Pie Filling (or you can make your own)
  • 1 20-oz can Crushed Pineapple drained
  • 1 14-oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk (or make your own)
  • 1 8-oz block Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1 8-oz tub Whipped Topping
  • Chopped nuts for garnish (optional)



  1. Drain crushed pineapple & set aside.

  2. Blend room temperature cream cheese & sweetened condensed milk until smooth.

  3. Add Cherry pie filling, drained crushed pineapple and whipped topping and fold until thoroughly blended. Garnish with chopped nuts if desired.

  4. Refrigerate until serving


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10 thoughts on “Quick & Easy No-Cook Cherry Shtuff Dessert

  1. Kathryn

    I’ve never seen a dessert like this before but it sounds delicious and would be perfect for summer! Thank you for sharing, I came across you on the clever chicks blog hop : )

  2. Terri Presser

    This sounds great and so easy. Is whipped topping like whipped cream??? Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Cool-Whip is much like whipped cream, I’d think the two could be interchangeable although I’ve never made this with whipped cream. ~TxH~

  3. All that's Jas

    Any dish that doesn’t require cooking is amazing in my book! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you will join us again next Thursday!

  4. Carlee

    This sounds really tasty and plenty easy! We’ll have to try it!

  5. Gentle Joy

    I can tell this is something my family would LOVE… and it looks really sweet. I am sure we have had this or something very similar, at church potlucks. It looks good… thank you. 🙂

  6. Amanda @ The Kolb Corner

    My mom used to make something like this when I was growing up. Don’t remember what she called it. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!

  7. CJ

    Is Rancher man in the mood to share his famous green bean casserole rescipe? Pretty Please???? With sugar on top??? Thanks in advance CJ

  8. ColleenB.

    Anytime I use pineapple, I save the juice, freeze it, and then use in my cake batter when making pineapple upside cake or vanilla cupcakes, etc.

  9. ColleenB.

    Looking Good.
    I make something very much like this only we call it Fruit Salad. I always added Mandarin oranges; drained along with a cup or so of the colored mini marshmallows and in place of the cream cheese, I use container of cool whip along with the drained can of pineapple tidbits and of course the homemade sweetened milk. Decorating the top with maraschino cherry poinsettias
    This year I will be making Cranberry Fluff Salad

    Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas


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