Black Cherry Jello Pie

Black Cherry Jello Pie - a sweet, creamy dessert made with Jello and homemade whipped cream poured into a sweet graham cracker crust.  It's a dessert your whole family will love!

A slice of Black Cherry Jello Pie on a small plate with the remainder of the pie in a pie dish in the background

This dessert screams summer!  It's light, colorful, easy to make and absolutely delicious.  It's almost completely a no-bake dessert. The only thing I'm baking is the graham cracker crust.  However, you could just as easily skip baking altogether by using a pre-made graham cracker crust.

Everyone needs a go-to dessert recipe that's a cinch to prepare - and this one certainly is.  The sweet filling is simply a package of black cherry jello that I dilute with boiling water then cool down with ice water and mix in whipped cream that I prepare on my own.  You could certainly use prepared whipped cream, such as Cool Whip if you'd like, but making whipped cream is so easy.  Plus, when you make your own whipped cream, you control the amount of sugar it has.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Aside from being easy to make, this Black Cherry Jello Pie is absolutely delicious!
  • This dessert is sweet, creamy, and low in calories!
  • You don't have to make a complicated pie crust. Instead, we use our easy graham cracker crust which makes the perfect base for this pie.

Ingredient Notes

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Graham crackers: Use these along with a little melted butter to make a graham cracker crust (you may also use digestive biscuits, shortbread cookies, or vanilla wafers).
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar is used in the crust and is also mixed in with the black cherry jello filling which add sweetness and flavor to the pie.
  • Ground cinnamon: For flavor.
  • Butter: Use melted butter. The butter is mixed with the cookie crumbs to create the graham cracker pie crust.
  • Water: Both boiled water and cold water is used to help the jello "bloom".
  • Jello: Black cherry flavor.
  • Heavy cream: Also called double cream, this is the "secret" ingredient to a thick no-bake pie filling. Make sure you beat the cream into stiff peaks. This will take 2-3 minutes of whipping with an electric hand mixer.

A slice of Black Cherry Jello pie on a small plate next to the remainder of the pie in a pie dish with a pie server resting on the side of the dish

How To Make This Recipe

Step 1: Make the graham cracker crust.

  • To make cookie crumbs, I find it easiest to place the graham crackers in a zip top bag, seal it across the top, and use a rolling pin to roll over the cookies until they are finely crushed.
  • Pour crumbs into a bowl and add the melted butter.
  • Stir the butter and cookie crumbs together.
  • Pour into a pie dish and press down with the back of a spoon to help set the crust.

Step 2: Make black cherry jello filling.

  • Mix together a package of black cherry jello and boiling water until completely dissolved.
  • Add water and ice cubes to the bowl. Whisk until slightly thickened. Remove any unmelted ice.
  • Place sugar in separate bowl and add whipping cream. Whisk until blended.
  • Refrigerate.

Expert Tips

  • If you would prefer a gluten-free pie crust, you can use gluten-free cookies.
  • Use real butter and not margarine in your crust. The flavor makes a big difference. I use salted butter.
  • If you feel that the graham cracker mixture is too dry or crumbly, melt a ½ teaspoon more of butter and stir it in.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Will The Black Cherry Jello Pie Last In The Fridge?

It can be refrigerated for up to 2 days before eating.

Can I Make This Pie Crust In Advance?

Yes. A graham cracker crust can be prepared 1-2 days in advance. If the crust is baked, it may be covered and stored at room temperature. If you are using it for a no-bake dessert, I recommend covering the crust and storing it in the refrigerator.

A slice of Black Cherry Jello Pie on a small plate with a fork resting on the side of the plate and the remainder of the pie in a pie dish in the background

There are times in life when you need a truly wonderful dessert recipe that is easy to make and tastes fantastic.  This Black Cherry Jello Pie recipe certainly is one of those recipes.

Enjoy!

I love this sweet and creamy no-baked dessert! It's unbelievably easy to make too! ZagLeft.jpg

Black Cherry Jello Pie

Black Cherry Jello Pie - a sweet, creamy dessert made with Jello and homemade whipped cream poured into a sweet graham cracker crust. It's a dessert your whole family will love!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

  • 14 long graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 7 tablespoons butter , melted

BLACK CHERRY JELLO FILLING

  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 3-ounce pkg. Black Cherry Flavor Jello
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Ice cubes
  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING

  • 8 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  • TO MAKE THE GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST
  • Break up the graham crackers and place them in your food processor (an optional method is to place the graham crackers in a large ziplock bag and roll with a rolling pin to crush).
  • Pulse until you have fine graham cracker crumbs.
  • Add in the sugar and cinnamon and pulse a few times more.
  • Transfer the graham crackers to a bowl. Add in the melted butter and stir until crumbs are evenly coated and the crumbs appear moist.
  • Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pour the crumbs into a 9-inch pie pan and spread evenly. Press the crumbs firmly to form a pie crust.
  • Place the crust in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes.
  • TO MAKE THE BLACK CHERRY JELLO FILLING
  • In a large bowl add the package of black cherry jello.
  • Whisk in 2/3 cup boiling water and mix until completely dissolved.
  • Fill a measuring cup with 1/2 cup water and add enough ice cubes to measure 1 cup.
  • Add to bowl and whisk until slightly thickened. Remove any unmelted ice.
  • Place the sugar into a separate mixing bowl and add the whipping cream. Whisk until the cream reaches stiff peaks.
  • Whisk in the whipped cream until blended.
  • Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes then spoon into crust.
  • Refrigerate pie 4 hours or until firm.
  • Top with additional whipped cream and serve.
  • TO MAKE WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING
  • Place 2 tablespoons sugar and 8 ounces of whipping cream into bowl and whisk until cream reaches stiff peaks.

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.

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6 thoughts on “Black Cherry Jello Pie”

  1. I am unable to find 1oz jello. I find .30 and larger one at .60 oz. Where do I find 1 oz jello?

    1. Hi Cathy,
      We recently converted to a new recipe plug-in which displays our recipes. When the recipes transferred over, we found a couple of errors. For this recipe, it should read, 1 (3-ounce) package of jello.
      Thank you for bringing the error to our attention. It is now fixed on the recipe.

  2. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert

    This pie looks so cool and creamy. It makes me want summer to linger around a bit longer.

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