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No-Bake Strawberry Delight

Strawberry Delight is a layered dessert with a graham cracker base, fresh strawberries, layers of no-bake cheesecake and homemade whipped cream. This no-bake dessert is the perfect summertime treat for any occasion.

Do you love strawberry desserts? Try some homemade Strawberry Ice Cream.

a slice of layered strawberry delight on a pink plate with a gold fork

No-Bake Strawberry Delight

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I have a weakness for no-bake desserts, offering up some truly unique offerings. My collection of no-bake desserts was lacking in the strawberry department.

You’ll especially love this one if you like no-bake cheesecakes. So, it’s time to grab some fresh strawberries, and let’s get to work.

What is Strawberry Delight?

Every bite of this no-bake dessert is truly delightful, but you might have also seen this called a dessert lush, lasagna or dessert salad.

It’s a layered dessert with a graham cracker base, topped with fresh strawberries. The next layer is a no-bake cheesecake and strawberry cheesecake and it’s topped off with homemade whipped cream.

A white casserole dish with a layered strawberry dessert with a piece missing

Recipe Ingredients

  • Graham cracker crumbs– you can use premade or make your own
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh strawberries– you’ll need 2 lbs, but likely won’t use them all. Save the leftover to garnish with.
  • Heavy whipping cream– for the filling and topping
  • Powdered sugar– for the whipped cream
  • Full-Fat Cream cheese- this should be at room temperature and use a block of full-fat cream cheese.
  • Granulated sugar– for the cheesecake filling
  • Lemon juice– helps cut the sweetness of the filling
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Strawberry jello– Instant powdered strawberry Jello is added to the cheesecake filling.

How to Make Strawberry Delight

Step 1: Prep the Strawberries. Thoroughly wash and dry all the strawberries, and remove the stems. Slice 1 cup of strawberries into small pieces, about the size of a dime. Then chop the rest lengthwise. Pat dry with a paper towel.

sliced strawberries on a white cutting board

Step 2: Make the crust. Grind the graham crackers into a fine crumb using a food process or blender. Combine with melted butter and stir until the crumbs are coated. Press into a 9×9 pan. Refrigerate the crust while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

a black measuring cup pressing graham cracker crumbs into a white casserole dish

Step 3 Make the whipped cream. Chill the mixing bowl and beaters for 5-10 minutes then beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add the powdered sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Step 4: Make the cheesecake filling. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract and mix until it’s smooth and creamy. Then mix in the prepared whipped cream, and stir with a spatula until it’s well mixed.

Step 5: Divide the filling. Divide the cheesecake mixture in half. To one-half, add the strawberry jello and finely chopped berries, mixing to combine.

Step 6: Assemble. Layer the sliced strawberries over the graham cracker crust, overlapping and filling the gaps. Spread the plain cheesecake filling overtop of the strawberries, followed by the strawberry cheesecake filling. Prepare a second batch of whipped cream and decorate or store in the refrigerator and add the topping at a later time.

Step 7: Chill. This needs 4-6 hours to set before serving and it’s a great dessert to prepare ahead if you need to make it the night before.

Recipe Tips and Notes

  • Thoroughly dry the strawberries. Since these are getting layered in the desert, you’ll want these as dry as possible. After you slice them, use a paper towel to pat the slices and remove extra juices.
  • Change the topping. If you want even more strawberry flavor, try topping this with strawberry whipped cream.
  • Save time with Cool Whip. You can use Cool Whip for either the filling or the topping, or both, which can save you a little bit of time when preparing this. You’ll need one 8-ounce container for the filling and one for the topping.
  • Can’t find Strawberry Jello? Try using freeze-dried strawberries instead. Grind them into a fine crumb and mix 3 tablespoons in place of the jello.
  • Need to prepare a day in advance? I recommend waiting to add the topping until the day you want to serve it.

How to Store Strawberry Delight

Once prepared, this should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This is best within the first 3 days but should last up to 5 days. After 2 days the crust may become softer.

Can I Freeze it?

This dessert will freeze beautifully with some modifications. You may want to consider skipping the layer of fresh strawberries over the graham cracker crust. Once thawed, the moisture in the strawberries can make the crust soggy. So instead, add them to the top as a garnish when ready to serve. The strawberries in the cheesecake filling should be fine. Allow the dessert to fully set before transferring to the freezer, and be sure it’s tightly covered to prevent freezer burn.

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A pink glass plate with a slice of strawberry delight

No-Bake Strawberry Delight

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  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Chill Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 slices
  • Category: No-Bake
  • Method: Refrigerator
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Strawberry Delight is a layered dessert with a graham cracker base, fresh strawberries, no-bake cheesecake and homemade whipped cream.


Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 2 cups (240g) graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter

For the Filling

  • 2 lbs (32oz) fresh strawberries, washed and dried
  • 16 ounces (452g) full-fat cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (48g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (236ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup (65g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry Jello mix

For the Topping

  • 1 cup (236ml) heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup (65g) powdered sugar

Instructions

For the Crust

  1. Grind the graham crackers into a fine crumb using a food process or blender. Combine with melted butter and stir until the crackers are coated. Press into a 9×9 pan. Refrigerate the crust while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

For the Filling

  1. Thoroughly wash and dry all the strawberries, and remove the stems. First, dice enough strawberries (about the size of a dime) to fill 1 cup. Set aside. Then chop all the remaining strawberries lengthwise and pat dry with a paper towel. Set aside. 
  2. Prepare a batch of whipped cream. Chill the bowl in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Beat the heavy whipping cream in the chilled bowl at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set it aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract and beat until it’s smooth and free of lumps. Then mix in the prepared whipped cream, and stir with a spatula until it’s well mixed.
  4. Divide the cheesecake mixture in half. To one half, add the powdered strawberry jello mix and 1 cup of finely chopped berries, and stir until combined.

To Assemble:

  1. Layer the sliced strawberries over the graham cracker crust, overlapping and filling the gaps.
  2. Spread the plain cheesecake filling overtop of the strawberries, followed by the strawberry cheesecake filling.
  3. Prepare the second batch of whipped cream as instructed above. Decorate using 1M piping tip fitted in a large piping bag, or spread evenly over top. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 4-6 hours until serving.

Notes

  • This is decorated with some freeze-dried strawberry dust, but you can also garnish with leftover strawberries
  • You can use Cool Whip for either the filling or the topping, or both, which can save you a little bit of time when preparing this. You’ll need two 8-ounce containers. One for the filling and one for the topping. 
  • Can’t find Strawberry Jello? Try using freeze-dried strawberries instead. Grind them into a fine crumb and mix 3 tablespoons in place of the jello.
  • Storage: Once prepared, this should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This is best within the first 3 days but should last up to 5 days. 
  • Freezing: If you plan to freeze, I recommend not adding the sliced strawberries over the graham cracker crust. Instead, save them to add as a garnish. You can still include the chopped strawberries in the cheesecake layer. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 666
  • Sugar: 35.1 g
  • Sodium: 354 mg
  • Fat: 48.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.8 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 7.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 137.8 mg

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70 thoughts on “No-Bake Strawberry Delight”

  1. If I needed to make for a larger group and use a 9×13 baking dish? Do you think doing 1 1/2 times the recipe would work?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      Correct, In step 4, the powdered jello mix is added to the cream cheese mixure “Divide the cheesecake mixture in half. To one half, add the strawberry jello and 1 cup of finely chopped berries, and stir until combined.”

      1. This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I substituted cool whip instead of making my own. I had my doubts about all the ingredients fitting into the 9×9 pan. I was right. It didn’t fit. I skimmed down the top layer and it was just a bit over the top of the pan. If there were a 10×10 pan, it would be perfect.
        Anyway, it is in the fridge for a supper dessert tomorrow. Can’t wait to dig in.
        Thanks!






      2. You’re not mixing up the powder jello with water and then taking 2 Tbsp and adding it to the whipping mixture, correct? You’re mixing 2 Tbsp of only the jello powder itself to it.

      3. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
        Beyond Frosting

        Correct. It’s the powdered jello mix (see step 4 in the instructions on the recipe card). that goes into the cream cheese mixture

  2. Can you use a boxed cheese cake mix? instead off mixing up with cream cheese and all the other ingredients?

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      It is not a product I’ve used before but if the end intent is a no-bake cheesecake, then I think it should work

  3. Will the recipe still turn out if I leave out the lemon juice? I’ve made a no bake cheese cake before and it required the lemon juice to set properly. I’m not a fan of thr lemony tadtr in my cheesecake style desserts. This looks amazing and if it will turn out without the lemon juice I’ll definitely have to try it.

  4. Haven’t made this yet but was wondering if it can be made in the ready made graham cracker crust

    1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
      Beyond Frosting

      It’s possible it won’t be deep enough or the slices would be too heavy but I am sure this could be an option

  5. Looks great I’m going to make it as soon as possible. I love cheese cake and cool whip and strawberries. I have made some other recipes of yours totally awesome strawberry poke cake of my goodness. We all loved it . Still working on the whipping cream I’m getting better. I bought a stand mixer it’s working out the recipes better for me. I love to cook. Thanks so much .

      1. Julianne - Beyond Frosting
        Beyond Frosting

        Yes. The jello powder is what gives that layer, and the overall dessert strawberry flavor. Otherwise it’s basically a no-bake cheesecake with layered with berries. If you don’t have the jello powder, you can try using freeze-dried strawberries, about 1 ounce, ground into a very fine crumb.