Cherry and Pistachio No Bake Cheesecake with Animal Cracker Crust

This is a delicious no bake recipe for layered cheesecake. The base is made from animal crackers, then there is a layer of cherry cheesecake, followed by a layer of pistachio cheesecake.

Cherry and Pistachio No Bake Cheesecake with Animal Cracker Crust | This recipe will impress your friends and family. That is, if you share it with them.

Today we celebrate National Cheesecake Day. The event is being hosted by the lovely Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking. Make sure you head over to her site to say hello!

I could not decide what kind of cheesecake to make for this event. Then my Pink Lemonade Cheesecakes were featured on Buzzfeed. After I finished jumping up and down, and screaming I started to scroll through all the other cheesecakes that were featured in the post and happened upon a Cherry and Pistachio Cheesecake from Best Friends for Frosting and knew it would be my jump off point for my recipe.

Cherries and pistachios are my two favourite things, and I pair them often. Somehow I’ve never combined them in a cheesecake which is shameful considering how often I make cheesecake. So I’ve fixed that little oversight. I hope you enjoy this cheesecake as much as we did.

I used fresh cherries in the cherry layer. I popped them in the food processor and pulsed until they were tiny itty bitty pieces. Then I used real pistachios for the pistachio layer. Those were ground up in the food processor as well. If you don’t want to have itty bitty pieces of either you could substitute cherry juice for the cherry layer, and pistachio jello pudding for the pistachio layer. Both would work perfectly.

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Cherry and Pistachio No Bake Cheesecake with Animal Cracker Crust

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: One 8 inch cheesecake

Serving Size: Serves 6 to 8

Cherry and Pistachio No Bake Cheesecake with Animal Cracker Crust

This is a delicious no bake recipe for layered cheesecake. The base is made from animal crackers, then there is a layer of cherry cheesecake, followed by a layer of pistachio cheesecake.

Ingredients

    For the Base:
  • 4 cups animal crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • For the Cherry Cheesecake Portion:
  • 1 package of gelatin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (8 ounce) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
  • For the Pistachio Cheesecake Portion:
  • 1 package of gelatin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (8 ounce) cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup pistachios, shelled
  • Green food colouring, optional
  • For the whipped cream topping:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)

Instructions

    For the Base:
  • Add the animal crackers to a food processor, Pulse until they become fine crumbs.
  • Add the melted butter and pulse again until combined.
  • Pour and press into a 8 inch spring-form pan.
  • For the Cherry Cheesecake Portion:
  • In a small bowl combine the gelatin and 1/4 cup sugar. Pour the boiling water over top and stir until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before adding to the cream cheese mix.
  • In a stand mixer combine the cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk until fluffy.
  • Add the pitted cherries to the food processor and pulse until the cherries become fine pieces. Add this mixture to the cheesecake mixture, mix until combined.
  • Add the cooled gelatin to cheesecake mixture, whisk on high until it thickens.
  • Pour this mixture over top of the crumb layer. Pop in the fridge and allow to set up for at least 2 hours, up to 4 hours.
  • For the Pistachio Cheesecake Portion:
  • In a small bowl combine the gelatin and 1/4 cup sugar. Pour the boiling water over top and stir until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before adding to the cream cheese mix.
  • In a stand mixer combine the cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar. Whisk until fluffy.
  • In a food processor pulse the pistachios until they become paste-like. Transfer that to the cheesecake mixture and whisk on medium speed until combined.
  • Add the cooled gelatin to cheesecake mixture, whisk on high until it thickens.
  • Add the food colouring if desired. Mix well.
  • Pour this mixture over top of the cherry layer. Pop in the fridge and allow to set up for at least 2 hours, up to 4 hours.
  • For the whipped cream topping:
  • In a stand mixer combine the heavy cream and sugar, whisk on low initially then gradually increase to high speed until the mixture is fluffy. Spread over top of the cheesecake. If you like you can top with fresh cherries and crushed pistachios.
  • Serve with a big old cherry and pistachio loving smile!

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Cherry and Pistachio No Bake Cheesecake by Best Friends for Frosting

http://www.cravingsofalunatic.com/2014/07/cherry-and-pistachio-no-bake-cheesecake-with-animal-cracker-crust.html

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Comments

  1. 1

    LOVE the animal cracker crust on your cheesecake! PINNED!

  2. 2

    We absolutely love cheesecakes at home and especially my husband can finish a whole one by himself. The problem is the last time I made one it melted away the second I took it out of the fridge and that was super frustrating. Therefore I always wait until I get a cooler climate and since I am back to Europe now for some time, I just thought I should give it a go soon again and I will start with your gorgeous cheesecake recipe Kim! =)

  3. 3

    Fun cheesecake! Never would have thought to use animal crackers for the crust. Of course I would have saved a ton of them to garnish it, too. ;-) Really creative — thanks.

  4. 4

    I love both cherries and pistachios but have never ever thought of combining the two together! Love it and absolutely in love with the color contrast! Would make such a great Christmas desserts as well. Wonder if frozen cherries could be used instead of fresh.
    Thanks for sharing and joining us Kim

  5. 5

    beyond. gorgeous.

  6. 6

    See? THIS is why I love you, Kimmee! xx

  7. 7

    The layers in this are simply fabulous! Gorgeous cake!

  8. 8

    this cake is beyond stunning, love the layers and the animal cracker crust…genius!

  9. 9

    This is simply brilliant!

  10. 10

    What a clever cheesecake! I love the combination of pistachios and cherries.

  11. 11

    Animal cracker crust – how fun is that?! And I love cherries and pistachios together, plus the color combo couldn’t be pettier! Pinning! Happy Cheesecake Day!

  12. 12

    I’ve been dying to see your cheesecake ever since you described it on the Facebook page, Kim. That animal cracker crust has stolen my heart! This is absolutely gorgeous – the contrasting colours of red and green look so pretty, and I love that you used fresh cherries and real pistachios for both colour and flavour. I’d devour this in a heartbeat!

  13. 13

    What a fantastic idea to layer your cheesecake this way :D
    It looks so delicious, and who can resist the combo of cherries and pistachios!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  14. 14

    Swoon!! LOVE the cherry and pistachio layers! PINNED :)

  15. 15

    Looooooove the animal cracker idea!! How fun! We have to do cheesecake day again next year. This has been so fun right?!

  16. 16

    Before I even started reading, I was thinking, THIS has both of Kim’s favorites: cherries and pistachios! And it is stunning!!! I’m sure the taste matches its beauty! Well done, my friend!!!

  17. 17

    If you lived closer, I’d be knocking on your door begging for a piece of this beauty! GORGEOUS!

  18. 18

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this combination. And the colors! That “minty” green is one of my favorites. This sounds so yummy, Kim, I would gladly jump the Canadian border for a slice of this!

  19. 19

    I absolutely love this one Kim. Especially because of the pistachios which i am addicted to.

  20. 20

    Absolutely gorgeous, Kim! Pinned!

  21. 21

    Isn’t that such a pretty cheesecake. I love pistachios in desserts, I am in for an extra big piece!!!

  22. 22

    This is one of the prettiest cheesecakes I’ve ever seen, Kim. I love the pastel pink and green together! I’m so jealous of your beautiful cherries on top as well.

  23. 23

    Oh so beautiful! Love that you made two different layers, combined together must taste fabulous. Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

  24. 24

    Kim, Your cheese cake is over the top! Double layered, no bake. Loving it and so pretty I just had to pin it. Have a super week. Take Care, BAM

  25. 25

    Oh my! This sounds like a great combo and it looks great too! Great job!

  26. 26

    I am a self confessed cheesecake NUT. I love the crust. That is sooooooooooo cute. I am of a vintage that animal crackers were truly a treat. Beautiful presentation—-truly representative of National Cheesecake Day. However in my world everyday is National Cheesecake Day!

  27. 27

    This is the prettiest cheesecake I’ve ever seen! Sounds delicious too.

  28. 28

    Oh my goodness this is so gorgeous and absolutely creative! Love it!! PINNED!

  29. 29
    Joyce laferrera says:

    Looks delicious.

  30. 30

    That is the prettiest cheesecake I have ever seen. And you sure are taking lovely photos these days.

  31. 31

    Love the colors of this cheesecake. It is so fun and playful, and of course has your beloved pistachios!

  32. 32

    This cheesecake is so creative and fun. Love the contrasting colors.

  33. 33

    Wow, that is one gorgeous cheesecake!! Love it!

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