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Cherry Almond Mousse Pie

Treat your loved ones to a luscious pie with chocolate, cherries and nuts in a creamy vanilla mousse. It's a sweet yet refreshing dessert. —Dorothy Pritchett, Wills Point, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, divided
  • 1 frozen pie shell (9 inches), baked
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • Chopped chocolate, optional


  • In a small saucepan over low heat, cook and stir 1/2 cup milk and the chocolate until chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened, about 4 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon extract. Pour into pie shell; set aside.
  • Set aside eight whole cherries for garnish. Chop the remaining cherries; set aside. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in water and remaining milk. Beat in pudding mix and remaining extract. Fold in whipped cream. Stir in chopped cherries and almonds.
  • Pour over pie. Chill 4 hours or until set. Garnish with whole cherries and, if desired, chopped chocolate.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without chopped chocolate): 469 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 339mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Jay
    Apr 12, 2020

    Suggestion: With all the dairy products in the recipe, it would be helpful to use the same terms from the ingredient list when giving the instructions. For step 1...state "sweetened condensed milk". Also, the crust should be refridgerated after Step 1 is complete. thanks. It would be helpful to state the following in the ingredient list: 1 cup WHIPPED heavy whipping cream (instead of "whipped" at the end)

  • _nlfPA
    Jun 1, 2019

    With summer coming on I always look for a cool refreshing dessert. This pie really hits the spot.

  • RaeV61
    Dec 11, 2018

    My rather salty grandmother refers to this as “Oh F*** Pie” because that was her response the first time she tried it when I made it for her years ago. It is a family tradition to have it every Christmas. If you want to impress make this pie.

  • sd20
    Mar 23, 2018

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  • homemadewithlove
    Dec 21, 2017

    Very festive and rich holiday dessert. Lovely topped with stemmed cherries and chocolate curls.

  • Tingzen
    Dec 31, 2015

    My husband demands this pie every Christmas from now on. Delicious!

  • sugrpootsmom
    Feb 13, 2013

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  • darlene s
    Dec 12, 2012

    awesome ..a great holiday pie or anytime of my # 1 and a hit with family and friends

  • Jen28303
    Nov 17, 2012

    This pie is fabulous! I have made this for pot-lucks and family holiday events and it is always a hit. I use the slivered (sliced) almonds and lightly toast them.

  • godsgrace1
    Sep 20, 2012

    this is a wonderful pie recipe everytime I make it someone raves about it and wants the recipe thats what Im doing today ,getting a copy for my daughter to make for her family!