Creamy and fluffy, this No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Pie is a favorite summertime dessert. A graham cracker crust filled with fresh strawberries and a light strawberry cream cheese filling.
No-Bake cheesecakes are so easy to make and perfect for those hot summer days when you don't want to use an oven. I made this strawberry pie recipe with a homemade graham cracker crust, but a store-bought graham crust will work as well. You may even like to try my Gingersnap Pie Crust recipe.
The sweet, fresh, strawberry layer makes this pie impressively decorative! Fresh berries always add a tasty, pretty touch to summer desserts.
If you like easy no-bake desserts make sure to try my No Bake Triple Layer Pumpkin Pie as well.
Tips for making no-bake cheesecake pie:
To make the beautiful strawberry layer make sure to use ripe strawberries of similar size that have a sweet flavor. The strawberries should be fully ripe but still firm.
This recipe makes an incredibly high pie. If you prefer, the recipe can easily be made into 2 pies or even strawberry tarts. I have even adapted this recipe to make individual strawberry cheesecake parfaits.
No-bake strawberry pie recipe with cream cheese should have a smooth, creamy filling. To achieve this the cream cheese must be at room temperature or you will have undesirable lumps in your pie.
I found it is best to prepare the Jello the night before. This will ensure it is fully set.
To fill the pie, start by spreading a portion of the filling to cover the strawberries completely. Use a spatula to press the filling between the strawberries so there are no empty pockets in the pie.
Chill at least 6 hours or even better overnight.
Can you substitute whipped cream for Cool Whip?
No, you will not be able to achieve the desired consistency for this recipe for no-bake strawberry pie with cream cheese and cool whip.
Can you freeze this pie?
No, the consistency of the strawberry filling changes.
How to store no-bake pies
No-bake desserts must be stored in the refrigerator. Cover with plastic wrap so the top does not dry out. An airtight cake or pie storage container will also work.
Take out before serving and put any leftovers back in the fridge.
Store in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How to Make a Graham Cracker Pie Crust
- Mix together 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs with ¼ cup granulated sugar. Gradually stir 6 tablespoons of melted butter into the crumb mix and combine well.
- Press the crumb mixture firmly into the pie plate.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes.
How to Make Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake Pie
- Prepare graham cracker crust.
- Make Jello per package instructions. Set fully.
- Wash and remove stems from strawberries. Pat dry to remove any moisture.
- Beat together cream cheese and sugar.
- Stir prepared Jello into the cream cheese mixture.
- Fold in the whipped topping.
- Place fresh strawberries tightly together on the bottom of the graham crust.
- Spread a portion of the strawberry cream cheese filling on top of the strawberries, filling any gaps between.
- Add remaining filling, and spread to make a heaping dome.
- Refrigerate to set for at least 6 hours.
More Strawberry Recipes to try
This post was originally published June 7, 2016. I occasionally update with fresh tips, content and photos. Current update April 6, 2022.
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Pie
- 1 package strawberry Jello 4 serving size. Prepare as per box instructions and set completely.
- 15-20 fresh ripe strawberries stems removed
- 1 graham cracker pie crust
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 cups cool whip or any frozen whipped topping thawed
- Prepare Jello as per package instructions. Refrigerate to set completely, at least 4 hours or better yet, overnight.
- Wash and remove stems from strawberries, pat dry.
- Cover the bottom of the graham cracker pie crust with whole fresh strawberries.
- In a mixing bowl beat together the cream cheese and granulated sugar.
- Stir in the prepared jello and mix completely.
- Using a spatula, fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
- Spread a portion of the mixture on top of the strawberries. Ensure all gaps between the strawberries are filled.
- Top with the remaining mixture, spreading evenly into dome-shaped top. This is a very high pie!
- Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate to set for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Another great tasting no-bake dessert to try is my No Bake Triple Layer Pumpkin Pie
I have just made this, because I am always trying to find new good recipes, & I love to cook.
I wanted to Thank - You for sharing this recipe with me, & others. I loved it, & it was easy to make. I loved the pie so much that I couldn't stop eating it.
Thank you for trying my recipe Lorie, so glad you enjoyed it.
Hi. I'm going to make this but I forgot the jello!!! Can it be made without it?
sorry for not getting back to you sooner Kim, but I have been busy moving. You do need the jello for this recipe!
I make it without jello and it still taste amazing
Can this pie be made the night before so it can be eaten at the noon meal. Thank you.
yes Bridgett, its great to make the day before.
This is one of my favorite pies❤️. I know this is hard to believe, the adorable lunch ladies at my school made these pies! We had the most awesome ladies preparing wonderfully lunches! Trust me I was the picky kid that didn't allow my food to touch?. Great recipe! Thank You!
So happy you enjoyed the recipe and taking the time to drop me a note. Enjoy the Holiday season
Looks easy and delicious
It is so easy, and yes so so good!
deliciosa receta gracias ... Me encanto
Your very welcome Vera 🙂
Sounds easy and delicious. Going to try it!
I'm not a real fan of whipped toppings such as Cool Whip. Could real whipped cream be substituted and would it hold up if made the night before or be better made as directed and finished the day of?
cool whip is quiet stable thus the pie holds together. To use real whipped cream you would have to stabilize it somehow and try.
You could use plain gelataio to stablise the whipping cream also sweetening the whipping cream with powdered sugar also helps stabilize because of the cornstarch in the powdered sugar...
Use gelatin in the whipping cream to stabilize it. You can buy gelatin in your local grocers.
Made this with sugar free jello and put in individual tart shells made with almond flour.... used real whipped cream stabilized with Dr Oetker's Whip It stabilizer....no extra sugar.... low carb dessert!
I'll have to try the Dr Oetker stabilizer with real whipped cream next time. Thanks for the tip Barb.
Bought all ingredients to make the pie- so 4 cups of cool whip is 4 containers , right??
Hi Linda, there are different size containers of cool whip, so you have to measure by the cup
How did you make it into a dome?
Hi Mariel, the filling is quite thick and hold together well, I just used a spatula to build it up.
I made two tonight. Mine wasn't as thick but the filling taste amazing. Does it thicken while in the the fridge for 6 hrs?? Thank you for the recipe:)
Hi Rosie, it should thicken more in the fridge. Enjoy!
This is really good, I made it as a salad with sliced fresh berries added with the whipped topping. I used sugar free jello, Neufchatel cream cheese and light store brand Whipped Topping and it was not thick enough to mound as high as yours did with regular ingredients, but it is delicious and the perfect thickness for a salad. I think this was mostly because the light generic Whipped Topping was more airy and not the same stable consistency of Cool Whip, I would not use it again (from a nationwide Supercenter store). Also, the sliced berries may have added extra liquid and the light cream cheese may not have added as much thickening. If making this for company, I would make it as your recipe is written and probably make 2 pies, it makes a lot! I will make my lightened version over and over. Thanks for posting the recipe.
Hi Kat, looks like you did a great job of adapting the recipe. So glad you enjoyed it.
Hi. Can I use whipped fresh cream instead of cool whip?
Hi Rhea, fresh whipped cream won't hold up enough for this pie and it will get runny.
Your list of ingredients does not list Strawberry Jello. The pie was very good.
Hi Donna, it is the 1st thing on the ingredient list. So glad you enjoyed the recipe
I have instant strawberry Jell-O pudding will that work
Hi Linda, strawberry pudding won't work, it must be jello (gelatine)
Denise C Rieger
Great summer treat easy to make and light and yummy.
I love strawberries. But this time of year they are very bland tasting. So I think i'm going to try raspberries 🙂
raspberries would be very tasty!
Do you know how many individual 2 oz portions this will make?
Hi Patty, I have no idea, I've never weighed a slice. Sorry couldn't help you with this.
so the set Jello is mixed to the cream cheese? im going to make this for a baby shower party today.
Aasha, yes the set jello is mixed into the cream cheese. Make sure the jello is set! Also be sure to leave plenty of time, at least 6 hours for pie to set. Enjoy!
I made this for my husband for Father's Day. It is yummy. It reminded me of the Jello 1-2-3 my grandmother made in late 60's (which is a great memory). I used a store bought graham cracker crust, but will try my own crust next time. Can't wait to make this again!
I love this pie but why does the graham crust get so wet??
Hi Tina, I'm guessing that the fresh strawberries may have been wet or too ripe.
Thank You so much for replying,,my strawberries were ripe,,,do you have to use them on the bottom?
Tina, you can leave the fresh strawberries out, it will still taste great. Maybe even just serve some fresh sliced ones on the side.
It's a very yummy cake...