Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars are a no-bake dessert made of a graham cracker crust, fresh strawberries, and creamy cheesecake. With a layer of white chocolate pudding and a whipped cream topping, these are the BEST strawberry cheesecake bars you’ll ever taste.
This layered dessert has been one of my family’s favorite recipes for many years. My readers love it almost as much as my Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars.
When the warmer weather rolls around, no bake desserts are always a good idea. These no-bake cheesecake bars remind me of a dessert lasagna or lush recipe.
If you’re looking for an easy dessert that’s positively bursting with fresh strawberries, I can’t see how anything could be better than these Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars.
The graham cracker crust is the perfect vehicle for delivering the creamy cheesecake, smooth pudding and juicy strawberries to your mouth!
You’ll fall in love with this dessert at first bite. I promise.
Here’s what you need to make perfect layered Strawberry Cheesecake Bars.
For those of you counting along, that’s only nine ingredients for a homemade no-bake cheesecake. Not bad, right??
Once you find out how easy it is to make Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars you’re going to be making them all the time!
1. Mash the strawberries.
Use a mallet or a strong fork to mash up four of the fresh berries. Set aside the rest for decorating your finished bars.
2. Make the cookie crust.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. You can also use Golden Oreos or graham crackers. Put them into the bowl of a food processor and pulse them into a fine crumble. Press this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Then freeze it for 30 minutes while you make the filling.
3. Make the fillings.
Whisk together the white chocolate pudding (or package of strawberry pudding mix if you can find it) and milk in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the cream cheese with mashed strawberries and confectioners sugar.
The filling should look fluffy, creamy and pale pink at this point.
Now it’s time to layer all these individual components to create an incredible strawberry dessert.
Take the chilled cookie layer out of the freezer. Add the layers in the following order:
I like to add a few extra slices of strawberries on top of the whipped cream, plus a few handfuls of graham cracker crumbs for a crumble topping to complete the look!
These are going to be a hit for your summer cook-outs, so you might want to double the recipe. Put it into a 9 X 13-inch baking dish to make sure there’s enough for everyone!
Make sure to chill this no bake cheesecake for at least 2 hours before serving it. The pudding and cheesecake layers will firm up allowing for perfect slices.
One look at the ingredients for these Strawberry Cheesecake Bars shows you that this no bake dessert is full of perishable ingredients including cream cheese, milk and fresh fruit.
That means it needs to be stored in the refrigerator when you’re not eating it. It’s okay left out for about an hour or two, but after that you risk it spoiling prematurely. Not to mention, becoming too soft to slice.
Keep the bars covered and chilled and they’ll stay good for up to a week!
I’ve noticed lately that the strawberry creme pudding mix I adore in this recipe is becoming harder to find. If you’re having trouble getting it too, there’s an easy fix: white chocolate pudding mix!
You can find it or vanilla at almost every grocery. Add it plain or puree it with a few extra strawberries to mimic the “strawberries and cream” flavor of the original. It tastes just as delicious!
I know some of you reading this are opposed to making desserts with Cool Whip or artificial whipped toppings. As much as I LOVE the stuff, I get why you prefer the real thing.
But this is one of those times when you do really need to use whipped topping with stabilizers, like Cool Whip or its’ store brand equivalents.
If you can’t find it where you live or prefer not to use it, I have great news.
I have a recipe of stabilized whipped cream exactly for that reason!
Give it a try and then use it to make these Strawberry Bars.
I promise it’s well worthwhile!
Long time readers already know that I’m a little bit fanatical about my dream bars! I think they’re the perfect no bake dessert for any occasion.
If you could find anything to criticize about serving Strawberry Cream Cheese Dream Bars for the dessert it would be that it doesn’t have chocolate. I enjoy the pure flavor of the strawberries and cream here.
For those who NEED a little chocolate in their dessert, I have a recipe for Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dream Bars as well. I couldn’t possible pick a favorite strawberry dessert between the two!
After strawberry season comes blueberry season, which means it’s time to make some Blueberry Almond Dream Bars! Raspberry dessert lovers adore these No Bake Raspberry Cream Dream Bars too.
My favorite thing about dream bar recipe is how quick and easy they are to make, even if you don’t have access to a kitchen with an oven. You only need a few ingredients to whip up a decadent no-bake dessert like Turtle Dream Bars or Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dream Bars.
It’s too difficult for me to choose a favorite dream bar recipe! You’ll just have to make them all and tell me what you think.
Dream Bars are far from the only no-bake dessert recipes I have on the blog. Check out these other delicious dessert ideas perfect for those hot days when you don’t want to turn on the oven!
Let’s start with No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies, a classic no-bake cookie made with cereal. I use cereal as the base for all kinds of desserts that don’t require an oven, from Cinnamon Rice Krispies Treats to Lucky Charms Bark Recipe.
Cheesecake Bars aren’t the only no-bake dessert recipe my family loves. My No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake recipe is a summertime staple. Then when cold weather arrives, you can still keep it “no-bake” with this No Bake Cherry Hot Chocolate Cheesecake!
If the fresh strawberries in this Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bar recipe are what caught your eye, you’re in good company.
Strawberries are my most favorite fruit, so it only makes sense that I have quite a few recipes here on the site with strawberries in them.
Strawberry Cream Muffins are breakfast goodies I plan to make all year long, not just during strawberry season. These Easy Strawberry Scones are another baked good perfect for breakfast or your afternoon tea.
Want to have dessert for breakfast? Or breakfast for dessert? Either way my recipe Strawberry Nutella Crepes is a must try, full of rich chocolate and hazelnut spread.
Lest you think I only put strawberries in my desserts and baked goods, I’ve got a Strawberry Spinach Salad recipe to prove you wrong! Packed with freshness and flavor, it’s a lunch or side dish you can make in minutes. You can even add grilled chicken and call it dinner!
Like cookies as much as I do? You’ll love these Strawberry Buttercream Sugar Cookies. The frosting is AH-mazing!
My Dream Bar recipes are by far my most popular, but this Strawberry Pretzel Pie is pretty popular in itself. Just like that Strawberry pretzel salad your grandma used to make, it’s a dessert you’ll make for years to come.
I’ve always enjoyed the combination of strawberry and rhubarb too. While I love a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, I’d prefer a Strawberry Rhubarb Galette. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat!
Grab a pint of strawberries and a handful of ingredients to make this amazing dessert. Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars are an easy, creamy cheesecake bar recipe that’s bursting with fresh berry flavor!
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