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This recipe came from one of my Grandma’s old cookbooks from maybe the 60s. The pictures were off color and there was no copyright date on it. I assume these were purchased from the local five and dime or some Ben Franklin’s Store that was the place much like Walmart or Target is today.

She spent a good part of her life in a small town in Kansas where the local stores were not big box stores. They were the “mom and pop” stores that held this country together. Oh, the small town life- a much simpler life. If I could go back and spend one more day in her kitchen and that little town, what would I ask her or say? Probably just take in the smells and sounds of bacon frying in a pan, lawn mowers going, and the birds singing their melody of summertime.

My grandma and her sisters and most of the women in my family were always cooking up a storm and always after the next recipe they could try and outcook each other. So, here is a little taste of what that was like. Who would ever think that an old recipe from 1960 something would be discovered and enjoyed generations later in 2020. I hope to share this so that others can enjoy this simple and delicious dessert.

I hope you like this video and try this recipe. This is the perfect dish to take to a barbecue or a pot luck. Let me know how it turned out.

Summer Berry Torte

Made with a graham cracker crust topped with a cream cheese filling. Top with a third layer of pie filling.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Berries, Strawberry dessert, Summer Berry dessert
Servings: 4 people
Cost: $10.00


  • cake pan, mixing bowls, measuring cups, spoons, oven



  • 16 Graham crackers, crushed
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup melted butter

2nd layer – cheesecake filling

  • 1 8 oz Cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs

3rd layer

  • 1 can pie filling or make your own pie filling of your choice


Make Crust

  • Mix and pat graham cracker mixture into an 8 inch square pan

Make Cream Cheese Filling

  • Cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Pour over crust and bake at 350° oven for 25 minutes.
    Cool and pour can of pie filling or homemade pie filling over the top.
    Garnish servings with whipped cream or ice cream.