A friend of mine asked me to bring this to lunch this weekend. It's one of my favorite easy dessert recipes and it was my mom's standard "company" dessert. My dad ate a dessert like this when he was on a judging team trip and my mom searched until she found a recipe that tasted the same. Look for the premium cherry pie filling that does not contain high fructose corn syrup for better flavor.
4 cups graham cracker crumbs (I prefer Great Value graham crackers to any other brand for crumb crusts)
2 sticks margarine or butter, melted
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 envelopes Dream Whip dessert topping mix (with the marshmallows and jello on the baking aisle)--there are two envelopes in a box
1 cup half and half
2 cans cherry pie filling
Combine cracker crumbs and margarine. Line 13 x 9 dish with half of this mixture; press firmly into place. Do NOT bake.
Blend cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
With a mixer, whip topping mix with half and half until peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture.
Spread 1/2 of this mixture over cracker crumbs and top with both cans of pie filling.
Add remaining cream cheese mixture and spread over pie filling. Top with remaining crumbs.
Refrigerate overnight. Approx. 15 servings