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I was first served this Strawberry Pie Dessert decades ago at my bridal shower, and I’ve made it numerous times since that first taste! Glazed strawberries and a light whipped cream and cream cheese filling top a buttery shortbread crust for an unforgettable dessert.

Slice of Strawberry Pie Dessert on a square white dessert plate

Fresh Strawberry Pie Dessert

When I spot gorgeous, ripe strawberries in the market, I yearn for a slice of this dessert. First served at that bridal shower a zillion years ago, this Strawberry Pie Dessert is now a family favorite.

A layered dessert, the process starts with a buttery shortbread crust. Next it’s topped with a combination of softened cream cheese, whipped cream, fresh lemon juice and sugar, quite like a no-bake cheesecake filling.  So if you’re a fan of cheesecake, you’ll adore this strawberry dessert.

The star of the show, luscious fresh berries, are lined up whole, halved or sliced, then glazed with some melted currant jelly. Add as many strawberries as you like! 

 Strawberry Pie Dessert in a white ceramic 9 x 13 dish

Tips for Making This Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert

This is one dessert that’s hard to mess up, unless you burn the crust! But you won’t! It’s simple mixing, baking and layering. And each time you recreate it (I’m sure you’ll love it enough to create an encore version), the process will become even easier. Just wait until you can find aromatic, unblemished strawberries, so the berries really shine with every bite.

  • I’ve decorated the top of this strawberry dessert with blueberries and strawberries for the Fourth of July, making stripes out of the red strawberries and a corner of blueberries lined up to resemble stars on the American flag. 
  • And as you can see from the above and below photos, sometimes I stand the berries upright and other times, I slice them in half and line them up cut side down. 
  • PRO-Tip: You can easily cut this recipe in half if you don’t want all that creamy temptation in your refrigerator. Divide all the ingredients in half and proceed with the recipe in an 8 x 8  or 9 x 9-inch pan instead of a 9 x 13. You may need to reduce the baking time for the crust.
  • FYI: Half of 1/3 cup of sugar is 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons. 
  • I use my fingers to pat down the bottom crust, then use the bottom of a measuring cup to smooth and level the surface.
  • An offset spatula is my tool of choice for spreading and smoothing out the light cheesecake filling.
  • Currant jelly is perfect for glazing. It’s not overly sweet like some jellies. I gently heat in a saucepan to melt the jelly, then let it cool a bit so the strawberries don’t “cook” from an overly hot glaze.
  • PRO-Tip: Use room temperature cream cheese so it blends smoothly into the sugar and whipped cream. Set it out on the counter an hour or two before you start mixing.
  • Chill your bowl before whipping the cream to stabilize the finished product. Have your heavy cream well chilled before whipping.

Strawberry Pie Dessert photo 2010
Image circa 2010; Post and images updated in 2019.

More Strawberry Recipes You’ll Love

This strawberry cheesecake dessert is perfect for all your spring and summer entertaining, or any time you see fresh, ripe and aromatic strawberries in the market. It’s perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, bridal showers, baby showers, pitch in meals and more!

Some of my family’s favorite strawberry desserts include Dorie Greenspan’s Strawberry Shortcake Franco-American Style, Simple Strawberry Pie, and Fresh Strawberry Tartlets.

I remember this Strawberry Pretzel Salad, which is more a dessert than a salad, from decades ago; and it’s on my must make list! Plus these Strawberry Lemon Blondies are calling my name, too!

Yield: 24 servings

Strawberry Pie Dessert

Strawberry Pie Dessert

A delectable berries and cream dessert recipe from my mom's dear friend, Dee, circa 1986

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


For crust:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter

For filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pint (two cups) whipping cream
  • 20-24 whole, fresh strawberries
  • Small jar of red currant jelly, 10 oz


  1. To make the crust, mix the first three ingredients until crumbly like pie crust. Pat into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes until light brown.
  2. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Fold in well-whipped cream. Spread evenly on cooled crust.
  3. Top with whole or sliced strawberries. Melt jelly and pour or spoon over strawberries (allow the jelly to cool slightly after melting). Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. To make half this recipe, just eyeball the sugar amount for the crust in a 1/3 cup measuring cup and make in a 9 x 9 pan.
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22 comments on “Strawberry Pie Dessert”

  1. Liz…….I love this dessert it looks so amazing. I make one something similar but will try this one. Thanks for sharing your recipe…..;_)

  2. Yummy! My collection of “to make” is getting higher and higher! Thanks liz!

  3. Looks wonderful. Is any recipe with cream cheese as an ingredient ever bad?? How nice that you have fond memories of this recipe as well. Makes it even more special.

  4. Another great dessert Liz~! And the strawberries are so good here. Thanks for the inspiration~!

  5. Spring time is strawberry time! This looks so inviting and beautiful.

  6. A beautiful dessert! I’d love to make the flag version:@)

  7. This looks like a perfect springtime dessert! I love strawberries and strawberry season and using them in desserts.

  8. I love your trick of using red currant jelly for the sauce – it’s so pretty and must taste wonderful with these ripe berries. Great recipe Liz – and I know my family is going to LOVE it!

  9. I made this last night for company. To say it was a giant hit is an understatement! It was gone in a flash! Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. Looks wonderful and so tempting 😍

  11. This looks SO good. Can’t wait till it’s strawberry season.

  12. Repeatable dessert recipes are always such a good sign that they’re winners! I am all about glazed strawberries and honestly fall for every strawberry cheesecake I see, so you can count me in for this one!

  13. That’s that good o’ NYC look-a-like Brooklyn Junior’s Cheesecake. Oh how would I love to taste that right about now! 🙂

  14. You make some of the best desserts! I like the concept of the shortbread crust!

  15. Cool! Have a lovely week, babe! xoxo

  16. Strawberries have been buy one get 2 free for the last few weeks. I have a ton of them. This looks like a great use.

  17. This looks wonderful!  It’s an absolute must for spring!  And I love anything that resembles cheesecake so I’ll devour this 🙂

  18. Strawberries are on sale at the market this week. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Cutting the ingredients in half to make a smaller portion is a great idea. This is the kind of dessert that calls you from the refrigerator. Just pinned!

  19. I can see why this is such a favorite! Looks so delicious!

  20. Just brought home my first bucket of fresh-picked strawberries over the weekend. This looks divine! I love the sauce over the berries, Liz! I’m near Indy right now (Crawfordsville), checked into a hotel at 10:45 PM, and on our way to Iowa for a wedding this weekend. Would love to meet up but we have to leave bright and early! xoxo

  21. I can’t wait to snag strawberries at the market so I can make this, Liz!

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