A delicious no-bake cheesecake recipe, this No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake recipe is the perfect no-bake dessert for summer entertaining – or a fun recipe for the kids to help make!
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe
As a child growing up in China, I always thought I hated strawberries.
Whenever someone offered me anything – whether it was fresh strawberries or a strawberry-flavored dessert, panic would strike into my heart as I tried to politely decline, afraid that they would insist or be offended at my refusal.
It wasn’t until I was a teenager living in Canada that I realized – I didn’t hate strawberries, I hated fake strawberry flavoring. (The same goes for hyper-fake watermelon flavoring, too!)
While I’ve grown to actually enjoy some fake strawberry treats (like a drive-thru Strawberry Milkshake), for the most part I like to use real strawberries when making my own strawberry desserts – like our No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes!
This recipe uses real strawberries (fresh or frozen) to make a delicious, creamy strawberry cheesecake sandwiched by honey graham crackers and fresh whipped cream. You could alternatively use crushed up chocolate cookies for the base, if desired.
This cheesecake a rich summer dessert that isn’t too heavy, with a fresh strawberry flavor that fake strawberry desserts just can’t achieve. I love serving it in individual cups for easy serving, but you can place this recipe in a pie plate and it will firm up just as well as my other cheesecake recipes.
This recipe is also easy enough for the kids to help make – and they can munch on the extra strawberries as they wait for the cheesecakes to set up in the fridge.
Can these mini cheesecakes be frozen? Yes, although I think they are definitely best enjoyed fresh and soon after making. These mini cheesecakes can be frozen in air-tight, freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months.
What if my cheesecake doesn’t set up? Because the liquid content of your strawberry puree can vary based on the raspberries used, your cheesecake may require a lower strawberry puree to cream cheese and icing sugar ratio. If you notice that your strawberry puree is a bit too thin (compared to what you see in our pictures or recipe video) you can cook it on medium heat for 5 minutes and then refrigerate to help thicken. You can also add a small amount of gelatin (about 1 teaspoon) to the strawberry puree.
Can I use frozen strawberries in this recipe? Absolutely, just let them come to room temperature first before pureeing. You will likely need to reduce the water content by cooking on the stove for about 5 minutes. Let the puree cool completely before continuing with the rest of the recipe.
What if my strawberries lack flavor? Under-ripe, flavorless fruit will not add a great flavor to this recipe. In this case, I would recommend either swapping fresh strawberries for a store-bought strawberry puree or adding some strawberry flavor extract.
Check out our quick recipe video for these No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes – and then scroll down below to grab your free recipe printable!
Ingredients for No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes
- Strawberry puree, strained
- Cream cheese
- Cool whip (or real whipped cream)
- Powdered icing sugar, sifted
- Crushed graham cracker crumbs
- Whipped cream, optional garnish
Tip: while I served this recipe in cups, it will set up well in a pie plate if you prefer.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Electric mixer – this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- Fine mesh sieve
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Hand-held blender or regular smoothie-style blender
- Piping bag <– a basic piping set will have all you need
- Individual cups or pie plate <– I used these and they come with lids, too!
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Cutting board
- Micro-pane grater
How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Cups
Puree strawberries and push through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds
In a large bowl combine cream cheese and strawberry puree.
Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
Fold cool whip into strawberry mixture until completely combined.
Evenly distribute graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of 6 small jars.
Distribute evenly into jars on top of graham cracker crumbs, cover and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
Top with strawberries & canned whipped cream.
Grab your free printable for our no-bake strawberry cheesecake recipe:
- 1 cup strawberry puree, strained
- 12 oz. cream cheese
- 1 1/2 cups cool whip (or real whipped cream)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs
- 12 strawberries
- Whipped cream, optional garnish
- Puree strawberries and push through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds
- In a large bowl combine cream cheese and strawberry puree.
- Slowly add powdered sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
- Fold cool whip into strawberry mixture until completely combined.
- Evenly distribute graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of 6 small jars.
- Distribute evenly into jars on top of graham cracker crumbs, cover and refrigerate 3 hours or overnight.
- Top with strawberries & canned whipped cream.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 427Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 5g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This no-bake strawberry cheesecake recipe is a delicious no bake dessert your kids will love to help making – and eating!