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Cherry Cheesecake Pizza

NYC’s favorites combined for the best dessert pizza! Smooth cheesecake filling covered with cherries in a thick, sweet syrup is a perfect handheld dessert for your next party. Each bite of Cherry Cheesecake Pizza melts in your mouth.

A slice of cherry cheesecake pizza on a spatula.


The pizza craze continues, but this time I’m sweetening things up just a bit. Making a dessert pizza has been on my mind for the last while. I wanted to still use the refrigerated pizza dough for the crust instead of using a cookie-based crust as many dessert pizzas have. There is nothing wrong with doing it that way. I’m stocked up on pizza dough and need to use it up.

I made up my mind that I would make a Cherry Cheesecake Pizza. I imagined a slightly sweet crust with a rich, creamy cheesecake filling. I’d top it with some cherry pie filling. It looked perfect in my mind’s eye.

This cherry cheesecake pizza is perfection after a little trial and error. The first time around I thought a deep-dish pizza with a thick layer of cream cheese would be tasty. The result was an overdone crust and a loose cheesecake filling.

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    The next day, I regrouped and decided to try again. This time I used a regular pizza pan and used less filling. My goal was to have the filling and the dough be both cooked perfectly at the same time. I figured it out. Round two was a success!

    I was pleased with how it turned out. The crust was perfectly golden and the filling looked set. I knew the real test would be when I cut a slice. I was keeping my fingers crossed it was cooked! I had a good feeling about it though!

    I breathed a quick sigh of relief when I placed a slice neatly on my plate. The cheesecake layer now worked perfectly with the pizza-thin quality of the crust. A little trial and error paid off this time! It is now a family favorite. Cherry cheesecake pizza is a celebration of flavors, and I know you’re going to love this easy recipe.

    My family enjoyed this cherry cheesecake dessert pizza so much and it was fun using a pizza crust instead of a pie crust.

    You’ll also like this Caramel Apple Pizza.

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    Why You’ll Love Cherry Cheesecake Pizza

    • The pizza-thin crust keeps this on the lighter side.
    • Comes together quickly and easily using ready-made crust.
    • Pure comfort food!
    • The 3 layers of this dessert pizza lend a nice balance of texture and flavors.
    • Is the perfect ending to family pizza night!
    • The kids will have a blast helping make this!
    • Does not require a lot of steps and is easily achieved by a beginner cook.

    Ingredients

    The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is found at the bottom of the post.

    • Pillsbury Pizza Crust – You may also use homemade pizza crust or any brand of refrigerated pizza crust.
    • Cream cheese – You’ll want room-temperature full-fat cream cheese for this recipe.
    • Vanilla – Using pure vanilla extract is best if you can or even better a vanilla bean.
    • Lemon juice – The acid of the lemon juice reacts to the fatty proteins in the cream cheese for a nice thick texture.
    • Egg – Room temperature large eggs are always best for baking.
    • Sugar – Gives just the right amount of sweetness to the cream cheese mixture.
    • Cherry pie filling – The already sweetened cherry pie filling makes this recipe so easy to prepare.
    Ingredients to make cherry cheesecake pizza.

    How to Make Cherry Cheesecake Pizza

    • Step One: Heat oven to 350F. Grease a pizza pan and spread out dough to fit. Sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar evenly over dough. Set aside.
    • Step Two: In a mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, add cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, egg, and 1/3 cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
    Steps to make cherry cheesecake pizza.
    • Step Three: Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over pizza dough leaving a gap around the edge. Place on the center wire rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until cream cheese is set and the crust is lightly browned.
    Steps to make cherry cheesecake pizza.
    • Step Four: Remove from oven and let cool 30 minutes. Then top with cherry pie filling leaving a gap around the edge. Use a pizza cutter to cut into slices.
    A slice of cherry cheesecake pizza on a spatula.

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    What to Serve with Cherry Cheesecake Dessert Pizza

    This is the perfect sweet dessert ending to a Pizza Theme Night. Here are some ideas for the rest of your dinner! Start off with appetizers like soft buttery Pizza Rolls and Hot Pizza Dip.

    Then make one of these amazing homemade pizza recipes or try your hand at this Air Fryer Pizza recipe. Perhaps, you’re more in the mood for something like this Pizza Tater Tot Casserole. What a yummy pizza night!

    A slice of cherry cheesecake pizza on a plate.

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • This can be made on a baking sheet or on a baking stone instead of a pizza pan.
    • Be sure to thoroughly grease the pan before spreading the dough.
    • Check the bakery department of your grocery store for fresh ready-made pizza dough.
    • For baking, be sure to place the pan in the center rack of the oven.

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Any pie filling can be used instead of cherries.
    • You can drizzle a simple glaze made of powdered sugar and milk or heavy cream over the pizza.
    • Sprinkle the finished pizza with sliced almonds.
    • Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream.
    • Add a little lemon zest over the top for a little zing and fresh flavor.
    • You could use a pie dough but in my opinion it would be overly sweet.

    Storage Instructions

    If you are making this ahead, you can wrap the entire pan in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. I doubt there will be any leftovers but just in case, you can refrigerate uneaten portions in an airtight container for a few days.

    A cherry cheesecake pizza with slices cut out.

    Can I Freeze?

    I don’t recommend freezing the Cherry Cheesecake Pizza as it will change texture in the freezer.

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    4.50 from 4 votes

    Cherry Cheesecake Pizza

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 35 minutes
    NYC's favorites combined for the best dessert pizza! Smooth cheesecake filling covered with cherries in a thick, sweet syrup is a perfect handheld dessert for your next party.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 Pillsbury Pizza Crust or your own homemade pizza crust or other brand of refrigerated pizza crust
    • 1 package cream cheese 8oz/250g package, softened
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 large egg
    • cup sugar + 1 tbsp sugar
    • 1 can cherry pie filling

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a pizza pan and spread out dough to fit. Sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar evenly over dough. Set aside.
    • In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, egg and ⅓ cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
    • Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over pizza dough leaving a gap around the edge. Bake for 25 minutes or until cream cheese is set and crust is lightly browned.
    • Remove from oven and let cool 30 minutes. Then top with cherry pie filling leaving a gap around the edge. Refrigerate uneaten portions.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 471mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Cherry Cheesecake Pizza

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    24 Comments

    1. Christine says:

      I just use regular homemade pie crust and put it on a pizza pan and works great with any fruit toppings

    2. I just came across this recipe on Pinterest, and I think I will try it. I know it’s an older post, but I’m wondering if you’ve ever made a pineapple upside down pizza. One of our local pizza buffets makes one that is AMAZING, and I’ve always wanted to make it but I’m not sure what the creamy “sauce” layer is.

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