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Strawberry Dream Dessert

Strawberry Dream Dessert is made with strawberries, layers of whipped cream, and cream cheese on a graham cracker crust, topped with strawberry crumbles.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Strawberry Dream Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 697kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


Strawberry Shortcake Crumble Topping:

  • 3 ounces box strawberry flavored Jell-o
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold and divided
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup pecans finely processed in a food processor - or use more crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature
  • 2 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping thawed
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 3 ounces package strawberry Jell-o
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Strawberry Shortcake Crumble Topping:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a medium bowl using a fork stir Jell-o with 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 cup butter. Make a fine and crumble.
  • In another medium bowl stir 1/2 cup flour, with 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup butter, plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Also, use a fork to mix and make crumbles.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle on it the strawberry crumbles. Next, sprinkle on the vanilla crumbles, and slightly mix them by hand.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes and do NOT stir.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container in the fridge. When ready to use, take a fork and stir them first.
  • The recipe makes 3 cups of crumbles.

Make the crust:

  • In a large bowl mix all the crust ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 baking dish and press it firmly into the bottom of the pan.
  • Chill in the fridge for 15 mins.

Make the filling:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and creamy.
  • Add the powdered sugar, and Jell-o, and beat on low-medium speed until smooth. Stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl from time to time.
  • Next, add lemon juice, zest, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • After that, spread the cream cheese mixture over the chilled graham cracker layer.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the whipped topping with the chopped strawberries. Stir well until fully combined.
  • Spread the whipped topping mixture over the cream cheese, and gently using the back of a spoon even it out.
  • Finally, sprinkle the strawberry crumbles on top.


  • Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours or for the best results overnight.
  • Slice and serve.


Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 269mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 1277IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg