An easy strawberry dessert with top and bottom layers of graham cracker crumbs. If you love strawberries and cream, you will love this frozen dessert!
Add this recipe to your collection of easy desserts. You can mix up the entire strawberries and cream filling in just one bowl of your blender. Spread over a simple graham cracker crust then top with a few more crumbs for the most delicious spring or summer dessert!
📖 About this Recipe
I came across a similar frozen strawberry dessert recipe years ago, and then over time, I adapted it in various ways, using less sugar and also less bowls. Now, I whip it all up in my blender and dirty nothing else, of course except a rubber spatula, a knife, cutting board, and an 8x8-inch pan. But, I think you get what I mean.
For this recipe, you will need quite a few fresh strawberries. I like to snatch them at Sam's Club for a good price. Here's what you need to make this delicious strawberry dessert.
Grocery list for frozen strawberry dessert:
- Fresh strawberries - As I stated above, I grab these at Sam's Club because you need a bunch. Check the recipe card below for exactly how many. Some you'll slice, some you puree from whole.
- Graham cracker crumbs - You can buy these in a tub as crumbs already, or you can buy graham crackers and crush them yourself. If you do this, it will take probably 2 sleeves of graham crackers depending on the brand.
- Granulated sugar - Just a couple of tablespoons of good ol' white sugar to sweeten up that graham cracker crumb.
- Vanilla extract - I always use pure, but imitation is fine here.
- Sweetened condensed milk - Grab a standard 14 oz. can, but you'll only use part of it.
- Cream cheese - You'll use half the block, but I know you can find use for that other half.
- Cool Whip - Again, just using half of the 8 oz. tub, save the other half to dollop on this.
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The general steps on how to make this frozen strawberry dessert are as follows:
- Lightly grease an 8x8-inch pan.
- Toss graham cracker crumbs and melted butter in bowl. Press half into bottom of pan.
- In a blender, puree 1 cup whole strawberries. Mix in vanilla, condensed milk and cream cheese. Fold in Cool Whip and diced strawberries.
- Spread mixture into pan over crust. Top evenly with remaining half of crumbs.
- Cover and freeze for at least 5 hours.
- Slice into squares to serve.
Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post for full detailed instructions.
🍴 Serving Suggestions
Other berries: Try using other types of berries, like blackberries, raspberries or blueberries. You can also use homemade whipped cream instead of Cool Whip. Instead, whip up 1 cup of whipping cream with a couple tablespoons of powdered sugar until it's fluffy in consistency then use as directed.
Unfrozen: If you prefer a fluffier serving, instead of freezing this dessert you can keep it in the fridge and serve it cold like a pudding pie. Or, if some like it frozen and some like it unfrozen, store in the freezer and slice a piece to let thaw for those who'd prefer it that way.
No diced strawberries: The frozen strawberries in this might bother people with sensitive teeth. For this reason, I would recommend either keeping it in the fridge and serving unfrozen, or leaving out the diced strawberries altogether if keeping frozen.
👩🏻🍳 Storage and Leftover Tips
- This dessert is stored in the freezer, unless you decide to do the unfrozen version as described above in Serving Suggestions.
- You can slice square servings straight from frozen, no need to let thaw.
- Cover the remaining and store again in the freezer.
- Repeat until the dessert is gone!
💬 Frequently Asked Questions
Can I double this recipe?
Absolutely! You can easily double this recipe and make it in a 9x13-inch pan.
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes! Frozen strawberries also work in this recipe.
What if I don't have a blender?
You can make this recipe without a blender. Just mash the strawberries in a bowl with a fork, then mix the rest in the same bowl.
🍓 More Strawberry Dessert Recipes
If you love strawberry desserts, you will love these other strawberry recipes!
- Strawberry Jell-O Fluff
- Strawberry Donuts
- Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
- Strawberry Marshmallow Angel Cake
- Cream Puffs filled with Strawberries and Mascarpone
- Strawberry Cream Fruit Dip
- Strawberry Cupcakes
If you're looking for more frozen dessert ideas, try my Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bar Dessert!
Photography by Marie Roffey.
Frozen Strawberry Dessert
- 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 heaping cup whole strawberries , hulled
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract*
- ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 4 oz. cream cheese , room temperature
- 4 oz. Cool Whip
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- Extra sliced strawberries for garnish ,optional
- Lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press half of mixture evenly into the bottom of prepared pan.
- Puree whole strawberries in a blender (scrape sides of bowl and process a couple of times until almost smooth...it's ok if a few chunks of strawberries are left). Add vanilla, condensed milk and cream cheese to the blender and pulse until just combined. Fold in the Cool Whip, then diced strawberries.
- Spread strawberry mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust in the pan. Sprinkle remaining graham cracker crumbs evenly over top.
- Cover with foil and freeze at least 5 hours before serving. To serve, slice into squares. Optional: Top with fresh sliced strawberries for garnish just before serving.
- It is important to use pure vanilla extract with alcohol in the ingredients list for aiding the frozen mixture to stay somewhat soft.
- If your teeth are sensitive to frozen diced strawberries, you can leave them out or keep dessert in the fridge and serve like a pudding pie instead.
- Try using other berries for flavor variation.
- Nutrition information is an estimate only.