Cherry Cheesecake Fluff

Are you ready to elevate your dessert game to heavenly heights? Look no further than the delightful concoction of Cherry Cheesecake Fluff. Imagine a cloud of cherry and cheesecake flavors swirling together in a bowl of sheer bliss. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a decadent treat, this recipe is sure to please.


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3.4 ounces cheesecake instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 8 ounces cool whip (or homemade stabilized whipped cream)
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows


  1. Whip Up Creamy Base: In a spacious mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, cheesecake instant pudding mix, vanilla extract, milk, and cool whip. Whip together until the mixture achieves a smooth and creamy texture, ensuring all ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Fold in Delightful Additions: Gently fold in the luscious cherry pie filling and mini marshmallows into the creamy mixture. Be sure to fold with care to evenly distribute the cherries and marshmallows throughout the fluff, creating a delightful symphony of flavors and textures.
  3. Chill and Let Flavors Marinate: Cover the bowl of Cherry Cheesecake Fluff and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Allowing the fluff to chill not only enhances its taste but also helps it set to perfection. This waiting game is well worth it, as the flavors meld together, creating a harmonious blend that is simply irresistible.
  4. Serve and Savor: Once thoroughly chilled, serve the Cherry Cheesecake Fluff to eager guests or indulge in a spoonful of pure delight yourself. Whether enjoyed as a crowd-pleasing dessert or a personal indulgence, each bite promises to transport you to a realm of sweet satisfaction.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes + chilling
Servings: 15

Serving and Storage Tips

  1. Serve Chilled: For the ultimate refreshing experience, serve Cherry Cheesecake Fluff chilled. The cool temperature enhances its creamy texture and amplifies the delightful flavors, ensuring each bite is pure satisfaction.
  2. Garnish with Finesse: Elevate the presentation of your Cherry Cheesecake Fluff by adding a touch of finesse with garnishes. Sprinkle some crushed graham crackers on top for a hint of crunch, or adorn each serving with a fresh cherry or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra flourish.
  3. Individual Portions: Consider serving Cherry Cheesecake Fluff in individual dessert cups or bowls for easy portion control and a visually appealing presentation. This also allows guests to enjoy their own personal serving without the hassle of portioning from a larger dish.
  4. Make Ahead for Convenience: Prepare the Cherry Cheesecake Fluff ahead of time to streamline your hosting duties. Simply cover and refrigerate the fluff for up to 24 hours before serving. This not only allows the flavors to meld but also frees up your time on the day of your gathering.
  5. Store Properly: Store any leftover Cherry Cheesecake Fluff in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 2-3 days for the best taste and texture. However, it’s unlikely there will be leftovers, given how quickly this delectable dessert tends to disappear!
  6. Resist the Urge to Freeze: While it may be tempting to freeze Cherry Cheesecake Fluff for later enjoyment, it’s not recommended. Freezing can alter the texture and consistency of the fluff, resulting in a less desirable eating experience. It’s best enjoyed fresh from the fridge.
  7. Enjoy the Leftovers Creatively: If you do find yourself with leftovers, consider repurposing them into other delicious treats. Use leftover Cherry Cheesecake Fluff as a filling for crepes or as a topping for pancakes or waffles. You can even swirl it into yogurt or blend it into smoothies for a decadent twist.

Variations to Elevate Your Cherry Cheesecake Fluff Experience

  1. Chocolate Lovers’ Dream: For a decadent twist, add a layer of chocolate to your Cherry Cheesecake Fluff. Mix in some chocolate chips or drizzle chocolate syrup over each serving for an indulgent treat that will satisfy any chocolate lover’s cravings.
  2. Nutty Crunch: Incorporate some crunch and nuttiness into your Cherry Cheesecake Fluff by adding chopped nuts such as pecans or almonds. Sprinkle them on top or fold them into the mixture for an extra layer of texture and flavor.
  3. Citrus Zing: Add a burst of citrus freshness by incorporating some lemon or orange zest into the fluff. The tangy zest will complement the sweetness of the cherries and cheesecake flavor, creating a delightful contrast of flavors.
  4. Berry Bonanza: Experiment with different berries to create a mixed berry version of Cherry Cheesecake Fluff. Fold in fresh or frozen berries such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries for a colorful and refreshing twist on the classic recipe.
  5. Cookie Crumble: Introduce a playful element by mixing crushed cookies into the Cherry Cheesecake Fluff. Graham cracker crumbs, vanilla wafers, or even chocolate sandwich cookies can add a delightful crunch and extra layer of flavor to each bite.
  6. Alcohol-Infused: For an adults-only version of Cherry Cheesecake Fluff, consider adding a splash of your favorite liqueur or spirit. Amaretto, Kirsch, or even a dash of rum can impart a subtle boozy flavor that elevates the dessert to a whole new level of sophistication.
  7. Seasonal Sensation: Embrace the flavors of the season by incorporating seasonal fruits into your Cherry Cheesecake Fluff. Whether it’s fresh peaches in the summer, pumpkin puree in the fall, or cranberry sauce during the holidays, seasonal additions can add a festive touch to your dessert.
  8. Healthier Alternatives: For a lighter version of Cherry Cheesecake Fluff, opt for low-fat or Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese and cool whip. You can also use sugar-free pudding mix and sweeten with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup for a healthier twist on the classic recipe.


  1. Can I use regular whipped cream instead of cool whip in this recipe? Yes, you can substitute homemade stabilized whipped cream for cool whip. Simply whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form and fold it into the mixture as directed.
  2. Can I use fresh cherries instead of cherry pie filling? While cherry pie filling provides a convenient option, you can certainly use fresh cherries if preferred. Pit and chop the cherries before folding them into the fluff.
  3. How far in advance can I prepare Cherry Cheesecake Fluff? You can prepare Cherry Cheesecake Fluff up to 24 hours in advance. Cover and refrigerate the mixture to allow the flavors to meld and the fluff to set before serving.
  4. Is Cherry Cheesecake Fluff suitable for vegetarians? Yes, Cherry Cheesecake Fluff is vegetarian-friendly. All the ingredients used in the recipe are vegetarian.
  5. Can I freeze Cherry Cheesecake Fluff for later use? It’s not recommended to freeze Cherry Cheesecake Fluff, as freezing can alter its texture and consistency. It’s best enjoyed fresh from the refrigerator.
  6. How long will leftovers of Cherry Cheesecake Fluff last in the refrigerator? Leftovers of Cherry Cheesecake Fluff can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  7. Can I make Cherry Cheesecake Fluff ahead of time for a party? Yes, Cherry Cheesecake Fluff is perfect for making ahead of time for parties or gatherings. Prepare it the day before, refrigerate, and serve chilled when ready.
  8. Can I use a different flavor of pudding mix instead of cheesecake? While cheesecake instant pudding mix provides the classic flavor, you can experiment with different pudding flavors such as vanilla or white chocolate for a unique twist.