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No-Bake Strawberry Delight

If you love no-bake cheesecake, you’ve got to make strawberry delight. This impressive no-bake summer dessert is packed with six layers (yes, six layers) of creamy, dreamy berry goodness. With a flavor reminiscent of no-bake cheesecake, it gives off nostalgic vibes that might remind you of something you ate as a kid.

What Is Strawberry Delight?

Strawberry delight is a layered no-bake dessert that’s widely popular across the southern U.S. and Midwest. You may know this dessert as strawberry yum-yum, strawberry lush, and strawberry dream, but the general idea is the same. This no-bake dessert boasts six layers: a buttery graham cracker crust, fresh strawberries, a layer of plain whipped cream cheese, followed by a layer of strawberry-flavored cream cheese, whipped cream or Cool Whip topping, and diced fresh strawberries. The exact layering can vary from region to region.

If You’re Making Strawberry Delight, a Few Tips

Allow enough time for the cream cheese to soften. This will make it a lot easier to blend.
Don’t skimp on blending the cream cheese. The lighter and airier the cream cheese, the easier it will be to fold in the whipped cream. Plan for about three minutes.
If you like, swap in a Cool Whip topping. This recipe calls for a lightly sweetened whipped cream topping, although many versions of strawberry delight rely on Cool Whip. For this swap, use just one cup of heavy cream plus two tablespoons of powdered sugar for the filling and an 8-ounce container of Cool Whip for the top layer.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 🧈
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 oz) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish to form the crust.
  2. In another mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Fold in half of the whipped topping until well combined.
  4. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust.
  5. Arrange sliced strawberries over the cream cheese layer.
  6. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together instant vanilla pudding mix and cold milk until thickened.
  7. Pour the pudding mixture over the strawberries, spreading it into an even layer.
  8. Spread the remaining whipped topping over the pudding layer.
  9. Cover and refrigerate the dessert for at least 4 hours, or until set.
  10. Before serving, garnish with additional sliced strawberries, if desired.
  11. Slice and enjoy this refreshing No-Bake Strawberry Delight!
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