Cooking 101 - Summer Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake

We had a fun little pot-luck lunch today with the women from my church and this is what I brought to share. You know - because it's LOADED with vitamin-rich strawberries and bone building dairy. Who needs a sandwich when you could have THIS?

This dessert is sweet, tangy, and oozes summertime! You have to try it. It only takes TEN MINUTES TO MAKE, which is a huge bonus. Be sure you can give the rest of this away after you have a piece because you'll eat the whole thing.

Summer Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecake

2 c. Graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp. Butter, melted
1/4 c. Sugar

Mix together, press firmly onto bottom of 9 x 13" pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

4 pkgs. (8 oz) Light cream cheese, softened (like THAT'S gonna make a big difference if you use "light"!)
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. Strawberry preserves
2 c. Fresh strawberries, chopped
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip, thawed**
Chopped nuts (optional)

Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Add strawberries and preserves, mix well. Stir in whipped topping until combined. Spread over crust, sprinkle with nuts if you like nuts; cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or until firm.

**If you don't have Cool Whip, combine 1 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream and 1/4 to 1/2 c. sugar; beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff.


Kim B said...

That looks so yummy!

maryanne said...

This does look delicious- we don't have Cool Whip in Australia though. Could you tell me what's in it so I can work out a substitute as I really do need to try these!

Alisha said...

Yummy! I have the same problem as maryanne -- no Cool Whip in Austria either. I use something called Schlagschaum from Dr. Oetker. It's a powder to which you add milk and then whip. I think you could also use real whip cream with a stabilizer (Dr. Oetker makes a product called Whip-It or maybe you could use gelatin or cornstarch). RecipeZaar also has a recipe for a Cool Whip substitute, but I've never tried it: http://www.recipezaar.com/81374

I hope to need a dessert soon so I can give this a try!

Abby said...

Do you have heavy whipping cream in Australia? That's basically what Cool Whip is - whipped cream. You take the heavy cream, some sugar, a little vanilla, and beat it with an electric mixer until it gets stiff.

Katrina said...

Thats sounds so good!!!

coryshay said...

so deelish!

Melly said...

I know, but when someone tells you it is light you seem to enjoy it alittle more.

Stacey, Mike & las cinco chicas locas said...

Looked sooooo good I ran out to the store, bought all the stuff, and made it this afternoon... It was great, and fun to make..Thanks!

Laura and Jade said...

I am going to go right now and try this one!

maryanne said...

Ah hah- thanks Abby-I can definitely do this now.

Kritta22 said...

I'm going to the store right now to get these things...thanks!

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Sandi said...

Mmm looks so yummy. I must try this one. It is the start of the strawberry season now here in sunny Queensland.

missliss5/Melissa said...

Ooooohhhh, yum!!

Beth Pierce said...

This looks FANTASTIC. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Yum oh! I am going to try this saturday for our church cookout! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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