This Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert recipe is my husband’s childhood favorite with a light, moist cheesecake topped with blueberry pie filling and whipped cream.
Before I got married over 20 years ago, my family, my husband’s family and my friends gave me a box of recipes.
I love that recipe box and still have all of the recipes. They are tried-and-true recipes that I know I will turn out. I love that the recipes are handwritten which gives them a more personal feel.
While I realize that it is somewhat ironic for someone who shares recipes online to treasure handwritten recipes, it is what it is. I decided to share one of the recipes from my box called Blueberry Dessert.
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Brian’s grandmother gave this recipe to me because she knew it was one of his favorites. Both his grandma and his mom used to make this dessert for him.
It is light, moist cheesecake topped with blueberry pie filling and whipped cream. Here is the recipe she gave me (with her name removed to preserve her privacy).
Please be aware that I’m not sharing some secret family recipe by posting this. First of all, neither of our families have issues with sharing recipes.
If you have a delicious recipe, why wouldn’t you want others to make it as well?
Second, this wasn’t grandma’s original creation. I’m not sure where the recipe originated so if you have the source, please share it with me and I will add a link to this blog post.
*Update: A couple of readers have said the credit for this recipe goes to Philadelphia Cream Cheese although I have not been able to locate it on their website to add a link here.
How To Make Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert
The first step is to crush 12 graham crackers.
You can use a food processor .
Add melted butter and sugar to the graham cracker crumbs.
Press into a 9×13 inch pan.
Cream two packages of softened cream cheese.
Add eggs, sugar, and vanilla.
Pour the mixture over the crust and bake at 375 degrees for 20 or more minutes until done (top is dry to touch).
Allow the dessert to cool and top with canned blueberry pie filling and whipped cream.
This Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert is usually a part of celebrations with Brian’s family and my family loves it now too.
The buttery graham cracker crust, light, airy cheesecake topped with blueberry pie filling is simply divine!
Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe Tips and FAQs
1. What other pie fillings would be good? Switch things up and try using other kinds of pie filling instead of blueberry. Try strawberry, cherry, apple, apricot, blackberry, lemon, peach, and raspberry.
2. Would other kinds of graham crackers be good in the crust? Yes! That’s another way to change the recipe is to change the kind of crust. Try cinnamon, vanilla, or chocolate graham crackers.
3. Can I use whipped cream instead of Cool Whip? Yes, if time allows, make three cups of whipped cream to use in place of the Cool Whip.
4. How can I make a gluten-free blueberry cheesecake dessert? To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free graham crackers for the crust. For the topping make gluten free pie filling, or use a gluten free cornstarch to make my blueberry sauce, or use fresh blueberries instead.
5. What can I do to lighten this recipe? For a lighter version, try using 1/3 less fat cream cheese, low-fat graham crackers, replace a portion of the sugar with stevia or another sugar alternative, top with no sugar added pie filling or fresh fruit, and use light Cool Whip. But keep in mind that any alterations may change how the cheesecake turns out.
6. Do you have any suggestions for a non-fruit topping? If your family doesn’t care for pie filling or fruit on cheesecake, you can top it with chocolate pudding like I did in this recipe or caramel and pecans as in this recipe.
7. Can this cheesecake be made in a different size pan? Yes, but depending on the thickness of the cheesecake batter the cooking time may be altered.
8. Can this cheesecake be prepared ahead of time? Yes! We often make it ahead of time to bring to family gatherings. If you plan to serve it within 24 hours, you can make it and store it in the fridge. If you want to make it a day or two ahead of time, just bake the cheesecake. Store it in the fridge and add the blueberry pie filling and Cool Whip the day you plan to serve it.
9. It’s too hot to turn my oven on. Is there a no-bake version? Not of this exact recipe but I do have a no bake blueberry cheesecake recipe you can try.
10. My cheesecake didn’t turn out like yours. What went wrong? This recipe has been made hundreds of times by my extended family and by all of you, so I know it works. Issues can arise when you substitute ingredients or overmix/undermix the batter. Make sure the cream cheese is softened but not warm or runny. Weather, humidity, and altitude can affect recipes. Ovens vary and therefore so do baking times. Sometimes the type of pan you use can make a difference.
Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe
- Crush the graham crackers.
- Stir in the melted butter and 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
- Press into 9x13 inch pan.
- Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the beaten eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture over crust and bake at 375 degrees for 20-23 minutes, or until done (top is dry to touch).
- Cool and top with blueberry pie filling and whipped cream or whipped topping.
*Recipe updated from original shared October 2013
Photo from the original blog post