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Strawberry Delight
This no-bake strawberry dessert is surprisingly easy to make! Great for potlucks and parties, strawberry delight is a firm family favorite.
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  1. STRAWBERRY DELIGHT INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY DELIGHT RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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  6. Strawberry Delight Recipe

This easy strawberry delight dessert has five layers of deliciousness with a graham cracker base, fresh strawberries, cream cheese, strawberry cheesecake and a Cool Whip topping.

While you’re here, take a look at some of our other strawberry desserts – Strawberry Angel Food Cake and No-Bake Strawberry Jello Pie. For another no-bake dessert recipe, try our Heaven On Earth Cake.

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STRAWBERRY DELIGHT INGREDIENTS

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You’ll need:

For the Crust Layer:

  • 1½ cups of graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 5 tablespoons of butter

For the Strawberry Layer:

  • 10 strawberries

For the Cheesecake Layer:

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 16 ounces of cream cheese
  • ¾ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice

For the Strawberry Cheesecake Layer:

  • ½ of the cheesecake mix from layer three
  • 3 tablespoons of strawberry gelatin

For the Whipped Topping:

  • 8 ounces of Cool Whip

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

COOL WHIP: If Cool Whip isn’t available where you live, you could make your own stabilized whipped cream by beating 1½ cups of heavy whipping cream along with ¼ cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of gelatin (dissolved in 1½ tablespoons of water). Use an electric mixer to whip it on a high setting for five minutes. Check out our recipe for homemade whipped cream.

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBS: You can use store-bought crumbs or bash up your own with a rolling pin or food processor for this easy graham cracker crust. If graham crackers aren’t available in your country, the nearest thing to use would be digestive biscuits.

HOW TO MAKE THIS STRAWBERRY DELIGHT RECIPE

PRO TIP

It’s highly recommended to make this delicious dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.

STEP ONE: Chill a medium and a large mixing bowl in the refrigerator.

PRO TIP

To avoid everything melting while you work, be sure to chill the dish before you start and place it back into the refrigerator between layers where possible.

For the Crust Layer:

STEP TWO:  Melt the butter and pour it into a medium mixing bowl along with the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and almond extract. Stir to combine.

STEP THREE: Transfer the crust mixture into an 8×8-inch dish. Use the bottom of a glass to press mixture evenly across the surface. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

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For the Strawberry Layer:

STEP FOUR: Slice ten strawberries and lay them evenly on top of the frozen base. Put the dish into the fridge while you work on the next layer.

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

STEP FIVE: In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice until it’s light and fluffy with no lumps. Set aside.

PRO TIP

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your cream cheese filling.

STEP SIX: In a chilled medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on high speed to beat the heavy whipping cream for about five minutes until stiff peaks form. Add the heavy whipping cream to the cream cheese mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula.

STEP SEVEN: Spoon half of the cream cheese and heavy cream mix on top of the strawberries in your baking dish. Set the other half of the mixture aside. Place the baking dish back in the refrigerator while you are preparing the next layer.

A slice of cake on a plate, with Strawberry and Cheese

For the Strawberry Cheesecake Layer:

STEP EIGHT: Take the remaining cream cheese and heavy whipping cream mixture and sprinkle the strawberry gelatin over the top of the bowl. Use the rubber spatula to gently fold it into the mix until it’s completely combined and one solid color with no streaks.

STEP NINE: Spoon the mix on top of the cheesecake layer.

A plate of food with a slice of cake on a table, with Strawberry and Cheese

For the Whipped Topping:

STEP ONE: Spread the Cool Whip on top as the last layer.

Food on a plate, with Strawberry and Cheese

STEP TWO: Chill for at least one hour before serving.

PRO TIP

Add extra sliced strawberries and graham cracker crumbs on the top to make this dessert look extra pretty.

HOW TO SERVE

Make this delightful strawberry treat for a potluck or barbecue. For a bit of extra indulgence, add a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream on the side and a drizzle of strawberry syrup on top.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Strawberry delight dessert should be refrigerated for at least an hour after making it before you tuck in. Store in the refrigerator for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: Cool whip strawberry delight freezes well. You should place your dessert uncovered in the freezer until solid. Then, you can cover it with plastic wrap and return it to the freezer for up to a month, before defrosting in the refrigerator.

Food on a plate, with Strawberry and Cheese

We believe that this recipe will create the best strawberry delight cake around. The crunchy base, sweet strawberry flavor, creamy filling and swirl of Cool Whip topping all compliment each other perfectly to create an incredible dessert that’s sure to please a crowd.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a different type of crust for this recipe?

You could use Nilla wafers or digestive biscuits in place of the graham cracker crust for this recipe.

Can you freeze strawberry delight?

You can freeze this fluffy dessert for up to a month. Cover in plastic wrap before freezing. Thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.

Is this recipe the same as Strawberry Lush or Strawberry Lasagna?

Yes! This great recipe goes by many names, including strawberry lush, strawberry dream and strawberry lasagna.

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Strawberry Delight

Strawberry Delight

5 from 1 vote
This no-bake strawberry dessert is surprisingly easy to make! Great for potlucks and parties, strawberry delight is a firm family favorite.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs and some extra crumbs for garnish if desired 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 5 tablespoons butter melted
  • 10 strawberries sliced (or enough to make a single layer over the graham crackers)
  • 1 cup cold whipping cream chilled
  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks of cream cheese softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) Strawberry gelatin box (will use 3 tablespoons from this box)
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip

Instructions
 

Crust Layer

  • In a medium bowl mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, almond extract and melted butter.
  • Press the mixture into an 8×8-inch dish. Flatten the mixture using the bottom of a flat glass. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Strawberry Layer

  • Layer the sliced strawberries evenly on top of the frozen crust. Plate the dish into the refrigerator while preparing the rest of the dish.

Cream Cheese Layer

  • In a large mixing bowl place the softened cream cheese, powered sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice and using a hand mixer combine until light and fluffy and no lumps. Set aside.
  • In a chilled medium mixing bowl place the heavy whipping cream. Using a hand mixer on high beat the cream until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
  • Gently add the heavy whipping cream to the cream cheese mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula. Once combined spoon half of the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture on top of the strawberries in the 8×8 dish.
  • Set the other half of the mixture aside.
  • Place the 8×8 dish in the refrigerator while preparing the next step.

Strawberry Cheesecake Layer

  • In the bowl with the remaining cream cheese/whipping cream mixture add the 3 tablespoons of dry strawberry gelatin. Using a rubber spatula gently fold in the dry strawberry gelatin until combined and solid in color.
  • Spoon the mixture onto the top of the 8×8 dish.

Whipped Topping Layer

  • Spread the Cool Whip on top of the 8×8 dish as the last layer.
  • Chill at least one hour before serving.
  • Garnish with sliced strawberries and graham cracker crumbs if desired

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Notes

TIP: It’s highly recommended to make this delicious dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.
 
TIP: To avoid everything melting while you work, be sure to chill the dish before you start and place it back into the refrigerator between layers where possible.
 
TIP: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in your cream cheese filling.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 586IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. SaVanna Trammell says

    5 stars
    I made this for my family last weekend and they fell in love! I think it will become a regular!! I do want to ask, have you ever tried making a chocolate version? It was suggested to me to try to make one!
    I don’t know if you’d do chocolate pudding in place of the strawberry gelatin mix or melt chocolate and mix in it with the cheesecake mix…. so many different ways. What do you think?
    LOVE your recipes by the way! You have become a staple in my recipe book.

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