Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert
When strawberry season hits, it’s time to whip up a magnificent berry treat. This Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert starts with a graham cracker crust, followed by a sweet, creamy filling and finally crowned with fresh, juicy strawberries!
This Fresh Strawberry Pie is a cross between cheesecake and pie! It’s the perfect way to usher in strawberry season.
Why You Must Make
- A pie is a perfect way to celebrate strawberry season!
- It’s a super easy pie recipe without a pastry crust
- Making a simple arrangement of berries on top and glazing them with jelly easily makes this easy dessert a showstopper. It’s definitely worthy of serving to company!
When Is Strawberry Season?
I have been counting the days till local strawberries appear at the fruit stand down the road in early June, when Indiana strawberries start to ripen. Tiny and flavorful, my kids also anxiously await those succulent berries that are available just one or two weeks a year.
Hoping they will be ripe at the end of May, we are usually disappointed when we have to wait until June to enjoy the best strawberry shortcakes of the year…when these local berries are picked at the peak of their sweetness.
But thankfully, the California berries at the market were red and fragrant…and perfect to top this Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert. And look for Florida strawberries from December to March. Make sure to check out all the magnificent berry recipes at the end of this post.
How to Make
A graham cracker crust was paired with a creamy cheesecake-like filling, then finished off with a sunburst of berries. Melted currant jelly is the perfect glaze for strawberries…it helps magnify their scarlet hue, providing an enticing gloss and subtle flavor. The guys skipped dessert when dining out last night…after asking if there were two slices of strawberry pie left at home. I’d say that’s a positive endorsement.
- First, make, bake and cool a simple graham cracker crust. Of course, you can always buy a ready-made crust, but I like my pies in pretty pie plates instead of foil tins from the grocery store.
- Use softened cream cheese and mix up the sweet, creamy filling.
- Add the filling to the cooled pie shell and smooth the top.
- Arrange whole strawberries or berry slices on the surface of the pie.
- Glaze the pie with melted jelly.
- Chill and serve!
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert
A lovely, dreamy, cream filled pie topped with the season's best ripe strawberries
- 8 graham crackers, processed into crumbs
- 5 tablespoons butter, melted
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream, whipped
- Sliced strawberries (I used most of a 16-ounce package)
- A few raspberries and blackberries to garnish, optional
- 2-3 tablespoons red currant jelly, melted, whisked till smooth, and cooled slightly
- Preheat oven to 325º.
- Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Mix in melted butter. Press into 9-inch pie plate.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool completely.
- When the crust is cool, whip together cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice. Set aside. In another bowl, whip cream to soft peaks. Combine the whipped cream with the cream cheese mixture. Fill pie crust and chill for at least an hour.
- Slice berries, reserving outer slices for another use. Arrange as desired over the top of the filling. Add other berries to center, if desired. Brush with melted currant jelly.
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Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 198mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 3g
66 Comments on “Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert”
I also LOVE berry season and going to the Farmer’s Markets or U-pick farms. . dude, this pie. . O.M.G. Looks sooooooo good! love!!
I like the idea of brushing it with jelly. So elegant!
Now this is the way to end a meal. Heck, I may even have to start with dessert. 🙂 Beautifully done, Lizzy. 🙂
I love fresh berries! I just eat them straight from the carton! you can’t beat that fresh flavor! This dessert though? might just top the tasty berries! I would love this!
This is so beautiful! Although, I must confess it gave me flashbacks to the first 3 weeks of culinary school, which should have been known as “topping cheesecakes with artfully arranged fruit school” 🙂
I do miss living in Oxnard for the strawberries season, especially the festival. There is something about fresh local strawberries. Thankfully there is a strawberry farm not that far away from us and British strawberries are good. But there is something perfect about California strawberries that I do miss. By the way yet again you have made not only a delicious dessert but it is so beautifully presented.
Love strawberry and cream cheese together ! This tart looks wonderful and I bet it taste that way , too 😀
Your strawberry top looks so pretty! This is a perfect summer dessert!
Your tart looks like a flower, so beautiful. I wish I had the eye to create such a lovely picture.
That tart is gorgeous. I’ll bet it travels well too, even if you had to “strawberry” it after you got there.
I love a baked cheese cake and the strawberry topping on this just pushes it over the edge and you’ve arranged them so beautifully Liz, you are really a master at this. Strawberries are still some time away for us, and we’ve gotten a bit of a cold front today, I wore gloves cycling into work this morning.
What a beauty! At first I thought it was a strawberry tart. It sounds very original and you reminded me I must make a strawberry tart.
This is GORGEOUS!! It’s like two desserts in one, I love it!
Yum… I love the cream cheese and strawberry combo. This dessert is so pretty and I love the colors.
Beautiful dear Lizzy, have a lovely week!!
Wow, this strawberry tart looks gorgeous! Love how the red currant jelly makes the strawberries pop out even more. Perfect presentation and looks delicious Liz!
I can totally relate because I’ve also been counting down to berry season. We do get the California berries all year long but it’s not the same as the in-season NY/Hudson Valley berries and I think we’re going to go berry picking in the next couple of weeks now that the U-Pick farms are starting to open. I have lots of these berry/cheesecake desserts that I regularly make although you take the prize for decorating, Liz!
Liz, I’m in awe of your wonderful strawberry presentation here. Absolutely beautiful!
Tis the strawberry season and this is one gorgeous tart. Happy Monday to you. Take Care, BAM
Such a pretty dessert. I just want to reach in and grab a slice! You captured this tart just beautifully. Everything pops! Have a great week Liz!