No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

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The No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie is a dessert that epitomizes the joy of simplicity in baking—or, in this case, no-baking. This delightful confection marries the richness of cream cheese with the freshness of strawberries, all nestled within a crumbly, buttery graham cracker crust. It’s a dessert that promises indulgence without the hassle of preheating an oven or fussing over precise temperatures.

Imagine a scenario where you’re tasked with bringing a dessert to a gathering but are short on time or perhaps the day is swelteringly hot, and the thought of turning on the oven is unbearable. This is where the No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie comes into play as a savior. Its ease of preparation makes it a go-to choice for both novice bakers and seasoned cooks who need a quick, foolproof option that doesn’t sacrifice flavor or presentation.

The foundation of this pie is the crust, typically made from crushed graham crackers mixed with melted butter and a touch of sugar. The mixture is pressed into a pie dish and chilled until firm—an effortless process that provides a satisfying contrast in texture to the creamy filling. Some enthusiasts might add a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg to the crust for an extra layer of flavor.

Moving on to the filling, cream cheese is the star of the show. It’s whipped until smooth and often combined with powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and sometimes a dollop of sour cream or a splash of lemon juice to balance the sweetness. The result is a velvety, rich filling that’s both tangy and sweet, providing a perfect counterpoint to the crust.

Then there are the strawberries, the jewel in the crown of this dessert. They can be used in various ways: some prefer to slice them and arrange them artfully atop the cream cheese filling, while others might opt for a strawberry glaze or compote that adds a glossy, vibrant finish to the pie. The berries not only contribute a burst of color but also a refreshing, juicy burst with each bite that cuts through the richness of the cream cheese.

One of the most appealing aspects of the No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie is its versatility. It’s a canvas for creativity, allowing for numerous variations and personal touches. For instance, one could incorporate chocolate into the crust or drizzle it over the finished pie for a classic strawberry-chocolate combination. Others might mix in a layer of lemon curd beneath the strawberries for a citrusy zing, or sprinkle toasted nuts for added crunch.

This pie is also a testament to the power of fresh ingredients. While the convenience of store-bought graham cracker crusts and canned fillings is undeniable, taking the time to select ripe, fragrant strawberries and quality cream cheese can elevate the dessert from simply good to truly memorable. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the best flavors come from the simplest of sources.

Moreover, the No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie is a dessert that transcends seasons. It’s as fitting for a summer barbecue as it is for a holiday table. Its cool, creamy texture offers respite from the summer heat, while its festive appearance makes it a cheerful addition to a winter feast. It’s a year-round treat that appeals to all ages and tastes.

Serving the pie is just as effortless as its preparation. Once set, it slices easily, revealing layers of contrasting textures and colors. It’s often garnished with additional whipped cream, mint leaves, or even a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs for a final touch of elegance. Paired with a cup of coffee or a glass of dessert wine, it’s an indulgent end to any meal.

In a world where intricate, time-consuming desserts often take center stage, the No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie stands out for its simplicity and satisfaction. It’s a reminder that sometimes, less is indeed more, and that a few well-chosen ingredients can come together to create something truly special. Whether you’re a baking novice looking to impress or a busy host in search of a quick dessert solution, this pie is sure to delight. It’s a celebration of flavor, texture, and the sheer pleasure of sharing a sweet treat with friends and family.

No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Indulge in a luscious No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie with a buttery graham cracker crust, rich cream cheese filling, and a fresh strawberry topping.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings



  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs about 10 sheets
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Filling and topping:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened, not light
  • cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 5 cups halved or quartered fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam or preserves


  • Preheat oven to 325°F (or see notes for no-bake option). In a large bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and salt. Add the melted butter and stir until combined. Dump the mixture into a 9 ½ inch pie plate. Press it into the bottom and little more than halfway up the sides of the pie dish. I use the bottom of a drinking glass or measuring cup to help pack it in. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Set aside to cool.


  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. While continuously beating, slowly add sweetened condensed milk and then vanilla extract. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Pour into the cooled crust, then tightly cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

To serve:

  • In a large bowl, combine strawberries and jam/preserves. Place half of the strawberries on top of the pie. After placing a slice of pie on a plate, scoop additional strawberries onto each slice.
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