{Christmas Potluck: Cherry Cheesecake Dip}

December 4, 2012

I found this recipe for a Cherry Cheesecake Dip and couldn’t wait to try it. The ingredients include Marshmallow Fluff, Cream Cheese, Cool Whip, and Graham Crackers…yep, you read that right. I mean, how can you go wrong with any of those? My in-laws live in one of the greatest neighborhoods here in the ‘burbs, and they have an annual Christmas Brunch. The hostess asked me to bring a dessert and the Cherry Cheesecake Dip instantly popped into mind. I’m doing the slow-carb diet with Andrew so I couldn’t try it, but I did ask the guests to be brutally honest with me when they tried the dip. RAVE REVIEWS. Everyone said it was super delicious, not to rich, light and fluffy, and was just all around good. The only negative I did hear was dipping the graham crackers, per the original recipe, wasn’t truly necessary. I think graham crackers have lost a big of their flavor over the years, with the introduction of whole grains (not that it’s a bad thing), so that doesn’t surprise me. So if you do plan to fix it, you can go with or without the graham cracker sticks, completely up to you. I do have to say that I think chocolate graham cracker sticks would be a heavenly addition. Try it out, let me know what you think.

So here’s what you’ll need and how to fix this super quick, easy & delicious dip:


  • 1 small jar of jet puffed marshmallow creme(7 oz)
  • 1 package cream cheese (8 oz) – softened
  • 1 package graham crackers (14 oz)
  • 2 tubs of cool whip (8 oz ea.)
  • 2 cans cherry pie filling (21 oz ea.)
  • 1 9×13 serving dish
  • Making the Goodness

    1. Crush two sleeves of graham crackers to serve as your base. I used my Vitamix to get them to a nice crumbly state. I would use your food processor, if you don’t have a Vitamix, to get it to a nice crumbly state.
    2. Pour the graham crackers into the bottom of the dish. Don’t push them down, they don’t need to be packed in the dish, just poured in there evenly.
    3. Mix your softened cream cheese and marshmallow creme (fluff) in a large bowl. Just use a spoon or spatula, no mixer/beaters necessary.

    4. Then, slowly add in your cool whip with your cream cheese and marshmallow blend. Not all at once, just a little at a time and mix well. Again, no mixer/beater necessary.
    5. Here comes one of the most important parts…are you paying attention? Good! Okay, so be sure when you pour your fluffy mixture over top of the graham cracker base, be sure to pour most everything on the outsides of the dish. I know human nature is to start at the middle and go out, fight the urge. If you don’t, you’ll end up mixing all of the fluffiness with the graham crackers and then you won’t have the nice layers you want. Believe me, she warned me, and I almost did it but caught myself in the nick of time. So pour on the outsides and work your way to the middle spreading the fluffy wonderfulness over the graham cracker crust.
    6. And lastly, crack open your cans of cherry pie filling and spread them over the top of the fluffiness. Be sure to spread them out evenly so there isn’t a large concentration of cherries on one section of the dip.
    7. That’s it! Easy peasy right? I put mine in the fridge until I was ready to head out to the holiday brunch. I put it out around 12:30pm and when I left at 4:00pm folks were still digging in! It only took me about 15 minutes to fix, tops! So it truly was a nice and easy dip, not to mention it’s really pretty when you put it out on a Christmas table. I bet it would look great in a glass dish or white dish! oooo the red cherries popping off of the white color of the dish. Don’t forget to break off the graham crackers into single sticks (since I can’t find the sticks anymore booo) if you plan to use and put them out with the dessert. Anyhoo, give it a whirl and let me know if folks loved it as much as they did at the holiday brunch this past Sunday.

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    { 30 comments… read them below or add one }

    Diana November 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Instead of breaking the crackers into sticks. I bought bags of Teddy Graham crackers. They taste the same and are cute too!


    themcbaileys November 23, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Yummmm Teddy Grahams, I LOVE those! Thanks for sharing Diana!!



    Sheila March 7, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    This dip really is easy and delicious! Thinking of trying it with the white chocolate cream cheese. If you don’t want to use Graham’s but still want something to dip in it vanilla wafers are a yummy option . 🙂


    themcbaileys March 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Oooooo vanilla wafers would be an awesome option. And I’ve never had the white chocolate cream cheese but it sounds ridiculously good!!!


    molly February 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    What do you mean when you say you can go with or without the graham sticks? If you didn’t dip them into it, would you just serve the dip as a sort of dessert square that you would eat with a fork?


    themcbaileys February 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Yea! I had a lot of folks that just piled a spoonful on their plate and ate it by the fork/spoonful 🙂


    Heather January 25, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    It looks pretty and so delicious! And I love that it makes a 9 x 13 size! I have a big family, so these 8 x 8 recipes rarely do it for me.
    I don’t know if you noticed, but as I look at your recipe it reads “1 package graham crackers (14 oz) – softened” LOL
    Thanks for a great one!


    themcbaileys January 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I’m laughing so hard!! I’ll have to edit that ASAP. 🙂 let me know if you try it out. I always like to hear feedback!! 🙂


    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife January 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    This looks so good and perfect for a potluck! Thanks for linking up with us this week!


    themcbaileys January 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for hosting AND for having me!!


    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl January 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I have a feeling if I made this, I would eat it ALL myself. 🙂 YUM!


    themcbaileys January 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Wouldn’t we all!!! 🙂


    Cassidy January 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Looks SO yummy 🙂 Thanks for sharing- found you over at Hooking UP With HOH


    themcbaileys January 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Cassidy! Loved your crepes recipe 🙂


    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch January 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Featuring this post on my FB page today…Enjoy!! https://www.facebook.com/TheMandatoryMooch

    Thanks, Nichi


    themcbaileys January 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks so much Nichi for featuring me AND for posting it on your FB page. Big hugs! 🙂


    Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch January 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Oh wow, Megan!! This is my kind of recipe…an easy dessert. I’m going to feature this post on my Tasty Thursdays party this week. Thanks for linking up, Nichi


    themcbaileys January 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Yaaay! Thank you thank you! 🙂 It is SUPER delicious and easy. Can’t wait for the feature and to link up again this week. 🙂


    Jessie December 13, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Hi there! Dropping by to let you know that this fabulous dip was featured on this week’s Weekend Wonders! You can come grab a feature button here:


    Thanks so much for linking with us last week 🙂 Hope to see you again this week too. Have a lovely day!


    themcbaileys December 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Thank you sooo much! That’s awesome!! Yaaayyy!


    Christine December 11, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Oh WOW!! That looks DELICIOUS!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can’t wait to see what you link up this evening!


    themcbaileys December 11, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for having me!!! Hope folks enjoy it 🙂


    Laura @ Dinner for Eight December 8, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Hi, came to you via Fox Hollow Cottage. I tried the slow carb diet once for three days, after which I thought I would actually die if hubs didn’t bring me some Golden Grahams. I would have totally ditched the diet for anything that looks like that picture up there. 😉
    Pinning this, can’t wait to try it!


    themcbaileys December 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    *laughing* Yesterday was my cheat day so I’m feeling strong today. Come Wednesday I’ll probably be craving warm buttery rolls again (like I had 10 of yesterday!). 🙂 I would love for you to try it, and if you do, let me know what you think!! Send me good vibes for the slow-carb diet. I need all the help I can get! 🙂


    Audra December 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Ok I absolutely have to try this! Thanks so much for sharing looks delicious!


    themcbaileys December 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Audra let me know if you do! Would love to hear your feedback 🙂


    Christy December 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I agree…HOW can you go wrong with that?? Looks delishious! Thanks for sharing over at tip-toe thru tuesday.


    themcbaileys December 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Right!?!?! It has EVERYTHING, ANYONE could ever want in a dessert included in it 🙂


    Shannah @ Just Us Four December 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Ok, I am on my way over now…this sound so delicious.


    themcbaileys December 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    From what I hear, it was amazeballs!


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