Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Dessert

Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Dessert

Say hello to my new favorite summertime dessert! This icebox cake is no-bake and uses only five ingredients. You can throw it together in about 15 minutes and after a short chill in the refrigerator it’s ready to be enjoyed. You can top it with any kind of berry or fresh fruit that strikes your fancy, but right now is a great time to take advantage of all the bright red, fat, sweet strawberries that line the shelves of grocery stores and farmer’s markets tables alike.

Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Dessert

My favorite graham crackers are made with honey. They have a touch more sweetness than regular grahams and I recommend using them in this recipe. I think chocolate grahams would be wonderful in this dessert too. I plan to try that next time, perhaps with a drizzle of chocolate syrup on top of the strawberries..? Yes? I think yes.

I made a short video (less than a minute long!) to show you exactly how to make it at home!


Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Dessert

As the assembled dessert chills, the graham crackers become soft and cakey. The texture is almost cloud-like. It’s a real crowd-pleaser so your potlucks and picnics are covered!

Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Dessert

I have romantic feelings about this GIF.

Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Dessert

You’ll use an entire box of graham crackers for this recipe, and I’m only telling you that just case you have a sneaky graham cracker snacker in your house. (I am that person.) I used about a pound of sliced berries on top, but you can use more or less to your taste.

Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake Dessert

Heather Baird
The dish I used is 13×9 across the top but the bottom of the dish measures slightly smaller (11 1/2 x 7 1/2). You may need slightly more graham crackers to get all 4 layers if you have a pan with straight sides, or you may choose to just make 3 layers instead. Here is the dish I used for reference.
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Prep Time 20 mins
2 hours chill time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups 720 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 can 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cubed and at room temperature
  • 1 box 14.4 oz graham crackers (please see headnote)
  • 1 pound strawberries sliced

Instructions
 

  • Beat the heavy cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. When the mixture starts to thicken, gradually pour the sweetened condensed milk. Add it into the bowl in a steady stream as you continue to mix. When the milk is incorporated, mix in the cream cheese one cube at a time. Beat the mixture until it is thick and fluffy.
  • Line the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish with a single layer of graham crackers. You’ll use six full graham cracker sheets and one half sheet broken down the center horizontally (see video). Pour on a generous 1 1/2 cups of the cheesecake mixture and spread it over the crackers evenly. Add another layer of graham crackers and top with another 1 1/2 cups of cheesecake mixture. Repeat this step twice more until all of the cheesecake mixture is used.
  • After layering the ingredients you’ll have 1/2 graham cracker left over. Put it in a zip top bag and crush the crackers to crumbs with a rolling pin or your hands. Sprinkle the crumbs over the top of the dessert. Scatter the sliced strawberries on top of the dessert and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the graham crackers have softened (you can check this with a fork, the fork should glide through the dessert with no resistance from the graham crackers).
  • Garnish with mint sprigs if desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
  • This dessert keeps well for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Keyword cream cheese filling, dipped graham crackers, fresh strawberries
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Emms
Emms
5 years ago

I am making this TODAY!

Rosa
Rosa
5 years ago

A great idea and heavenly dessert!

Cheers,

Rosa

Beauty Follower
Beauty Follower
5 years ago

Looks really easy to make… and has wonderful colours!

http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com
5 years ago

Mmm… Looks so delicious! YUM!

EG
EG
5 years ago

Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Rod
Rod
5 years ago

I made this in a 13 x 9 metal baking pan as my glass dish went AWOL. It took a lot more crackers then indicated. I only got 3 layers and barely.

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
5 years ago
Reply to  Rod

Well that's weird! Are you sure the metal pan wasn't 18×12?

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
5 years ago
Reply to  Rod

Hi again Rod, it seems my pan is 13×9 inches across the top but slightly smaller at the base. The edges flare a bit. I think this is why you only got three layers and I got 4. I've updated the recipe with a headnote. Thank you for your feedback!

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

In Bulgaria this cake is called biscuit cake and the recipe is very old.

Brand1887
Brand1887
5 years ago

I can't even begin to describe how amazing this looks.
I would really like to make this for one of my neighbours one day.

Dawnb
Dawnb
5 years ago

I am a little confused. If graham crackers are 5×2.5 then it appears your pan is only 11 x 7.5? Not 9×13? I am wondering if I only have a true 9×13 pan I will need more than a box of the crackers and if I will not be able to have as many layers. I enjoy your blog so much! You have amazing recipes, most of which intimidate the life out of me, but are so inspiring to look at!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
5 years ago
Reply to  Dawnb

Hi Dawnb!

I just measured my dish to be extra, EXTRA sure, and it is 13×9-inches at the top edge. BUT! It has rounded corners at the bottom and the sides flare out a little bit, so the bottom of the dish measures 11 1/2 x 7 1/2. Following is a link to the dish I made it in.

http://amzn.to/1ZGqPXc

My advice is to have extra graham crackers for 13×9-inch pans with straight sides. Thanks for your question! This solves the mystery of folks only getting three graham layers. I'm going to note this in the blog post.

-h

Paula Akbari
Paula Akbari
5 years ago

Perfect!! I was searching for an easy recipe that uses STRAWBERRIES!! Thank you. This was easy to make and even of my fussier guests enjoyed this delicious treat.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

Mmm. I made this yesterday and it was FABBBB. I cut it in half, and it worked perfectly in my 10×7 Le Creuset..

While I was making it… I was thinking about how perfectly it could even be tweaked to be 'on the healthy side' with a lovely thick yogurt. But either way – it is perfect for a light, sweet, summertime treat!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
5 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I think that's a wonderful idea! Right now I'm loving strained Greek yogurt for a cream cheese stand-in. Let me know if you give the yogurt a try!

Amy
Amy
5 years ago

Thank you for the delicious recipe! I made it for my 30th birthday and it was perfect!

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
5 years ago
Reply to  Amy

Yay! Happy Birthday, too! *throws confetti*

CESSP
CESSP
5 years ago

lovely recipe

CESSP
CESSP
5 years ago

nice

Amanda @ upliphted
Amanda @ upliphted
5 years ago

I've never made an icebox cake before, and I'm really not sure why. This one's a stunner and mixes so many of my favorite ingredients. I'm pretty sure my husband would eat the whole pan in one sitting!

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

Hi
Where is the link for the video?

Kimmie B
Kimmie B
5 years ago

I made this for the 4th of July and it was a huge success! I layered blueberries and strawberries for the red, white a blue effect and it was absolutely delicious.

Asmita
Asmita
4 years ago

Have made this and people raved about it. Thanks:)
Can I make this in individual cups?