No-Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Barbara Curry
by Barbara Curry
8 servings
45 min

This scrumptious no-bake strawberry cream cheese pie with fresh or frozen strawberries is a must for a summer get together. Creamy and rich it’s a no fail pie that will hold it’s shape even in the heat and make you the star at the next potluck or cookout.

A strawberry cream cheese pie cut into slices.

If you shy away from making strawberry pie because you’re worried the servings won’t turn out looking good, have I got the pie for you. This little gem has gelatin added to keep the filling firm, giving it the perfect texture that’s rich and creamy and bursting with strawberries. Every piece will come right out of the buttery graham cracker crust with ease.

A slice of strawberry cream cheese pie on a white plate.

Cream cheese, cream and strawberries, combine to create a truly irresistible filling. The inclusion of gelatin provides structure to the filling, allowing it to hold up in warm summer temperatures and be perfectly sliceable in any indoor or outdoor setting. While there’s nothing wrong with a s trawberry cobbler with biscuits, or a j uicy strawberry slab pie, there are times, you want a beautiful slice of creamy pie.

Serve this with more fresh strawberries on top for a show stopper dessert. This no-bake pie is the best for those hot summer months when you can’t even bear the thought of turning on the oven. It’s the perfect way to end a summer cookout. Since you can use frozen berries, you can have a little bit of summer all year long.

Three slices of strawberry pie next to a pie server.

Pro Tip: If you don’t want your strawberries to go bad while you’re waiting to make your favorite strawberry recipes, learn how to keep strawberries fresh for two weeks, it’s a game changer.

Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh ones?

You can definitely substitute frozen strawberries for fresh ones in this recipe. Make sure to thaw the strawberries first and thoroughly drain them for the best result.

Can I use a store-bought graham cracker crust?

A store-bought crust is fine for this recipe – it doesn’t affect how the filling is made, or the amount of time the pie needs to chill in the refrigerator. Store-bought, pre-made graham cracker crusts are not made with real butter, so I try to avoid them, but I get it, they are super convenient and I definitely use them in a pinch. If you have just a few minutes, a homemade crust has a much more buttery taste.

Why You’ll Be Making this Pie on Repeat

  • No-bake means no heating up the kitchen
  • You can use fresh or frozen strawberries
  • Strawberries make the best pie
  • So creamy
  • Beautiful pink color
  • Perfect slices
A bite of strawberry cream cheese pie on a fork.

Why is there gelatin in this pie?

A pie that bakes in the oven uses whole eggs or egg yolks as the stabilizer. Eggs require cooking to gelatinize. Powdered gelatin doesn’t need to be cooked to gel up and stabilize the pie filling – it just needs a few hours in the refrigerator once it’s dissolved and mixed in. If you don’t want to firm up the pie with gelatin, your other option is to use eggs whites like in a light and airy strawberry chiffon pie.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe Ingredients

The ingredients for the filling.
All you need for a graham cracker crust.
  • Strawberries – Fresh strawberries are combined with orange juice and sugar and are allowed to macerate. This allows the sweetness of the berries to be concentrated. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for this pie.
  • Orange Juice – Orange juice brings a little bit of acidity to the strawberry puree and a very subtle citrus note
  • Unflavored Gelatin – Gelatin provides structure to the pie so it stays together.
  • Cream Cheese – Cream cheese is the main ingredient in the filling. It provides creaminess and tang to the pie filling and is just so delicious when combined with strawberries.
  • Heavy Cream – Cream is whipped and then folded into the filling to provide a mousse-like airiness and luscious mouthfeel.
  • Graham Crackers – Graham crackers are the perfect choice for this pie because they’re not too sweet, and of course, they don’t need to be cooked, creating a quick crust for any no-bake dessert.
  • Pantry Staples – salt, sugar, butter, and vanilla.

Pro Tip: To help a graham cracker crust pie come out of the pie pan easier, spray the pie pan first with cooking spray.

How To Make a No-Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Step 1: Make the graham cracker crust.

Add graham crackers to a food processor.
Process until you get fine crumbs.
Butter added to graham crackers.

Using a food processor or a resealable bag and a rolling pin, crush the graham crackers into crumbs. Stir in the melted butter and press into a greased pie dish.

Press the graham cracker mixture into a pie pan.

Step 2: Make the strawberry puree.

Combine cut strawberries with sugar and orange juice in a bowl. Blend the strawberries in a blender, food processor, or use an immersion blender.

Let the strawberries sit with sugar and orange juice.
Puree the strawberries.

Step 3: Make the filling.

Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt and mix until smooth. Add the strawberry puree.

Beat the cream cheese with sugar until smooth.

In a small bowl, combine the gelatin with water and the remaining orange juice. Microwave for 10 seconds to dissolve the gelatin. It should be fully liquid before allowing it to cool slightly and adding it to the strawberry mixture.

Dissolve the gelatin.

Add the cream, unbeaten, to the strawberry cream cheese mixture and beat until fluffy about 2 minutes, then pour it into the prepared crust.

Add the unbeaten cream and beat until light and fluffy.
Pour the filling into the pie crust and refrigerate.

Step 4: Chill and serve.

Chill the pie in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.

Since this pie is so rich already, I don’t think it needs additional whipped cream on top. Instead, cut the pie and serve it with sliced fresh strawberries. Grab a fork and dig into a luscious, fruity, creamy dessert.

Tips for Making Perfect Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

  • Unlike some pies, the cream is beaten with the strawberry cream cheese mixture and not separately.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature and the heavy cream is cold before you start to make the pie. This makes it much easier to whip up and get that smooth, airy filling.
  • Allow the pie to sit in the refrigerator for the full 4 hours. I know it’s hard to wait to eat something so delicious, but the wait is necessary to allow the gelatin to fully set and allow this pie to be perfectly firm and sliceable.

How to Store Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

This pie can be stored in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap or placed in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. If you cover it with plastic wrap in the original pie dish, keep in mind that any other food with strong smells in the refrigerator can affect the flavor of the pie. I really recommend keeping it airtight in a container!

You can also freeze this pie whole in individual slices. Let it thaw in the refrigerator.

Cream Cheese Pie FAQs

Can I make this pie in advance?

This pie can stay in the fridge for a few days, so you can make it ahead of time if you need to or freeze it for 1-2 months.

Can I use a different fruit?

Strawberries are a great choice for this pie, but other fruits would also be amazing in this pie! Some ideas could be blueberries, raspberries, or even fresh peaches.

How can I get the filling to be really smooth?

Starting with softened, room-temperature cream cheese is essential for getting a really smooth, creamy filling. If the seeds in the strawberries bother you, you can strain the puree through a fine mesh sieve before adding it to the filling.

No-Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 45 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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Fruit Puree
  • ▢ 1 cup strawberries cut
  • ▢ 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • ▢ 1 1/2 teaspoons orange juice
  • ▢ 1 tablespoons gelatin unflavored
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons water
  • ▢ 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • ▢ 16 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ▢ 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • ▢ 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ▢ 1/8 teaspoon salt
Graham Cracker Crust
  • ▢ 1 cup heavy cream
  • ▢ 15 crackers graham crackers 2 cups crumbs
  • ▢ 7 tablespoons butter melted
  • ▢ 1/8 teaspoon salt
Place graham crackers in a food processor or place in a resealable bag and us a rolling pin to grind into crumbs. Add melted butter and salt and place in a pie dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Press down with a flat surface like the bottom of a glass. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Place cut strawberries in a bowl with 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons of orange juice. Stir to combine and let sit for 30 minutes. Then blend in a blender, food processor or immersion blender until smooth.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt and beat until smooth. Add the pureed strawberries and beat until combined.
In a small bowl, add gelatin with 2 tablespoons of water and 3 tablespoons of orange juice. Stir to combine and microwave for 10 seconds to allow it to dissolve. It should be liquid form. Let it cool slightly and add to the strawberry mixture, beating until combined.
Change to the whisk attachment on the stand mixer and add unbeaten heavy cream to the cream cheese mixture. Start on low and once incorporated, beat on high for 1-2 minutes.
Pour into the prepared crust and smooth the surface with an offset spatula. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours until it has set.
  • You don’t beat the heavy cream separately, you add it directly to the cream cheese strawberry mixture and then beat it on high so that the entire mixture is slightly fluffy but the cream is fully incorporated.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before you start to make the pie while keeping the heavy cream refrigerated. This makes it much easier to whip up and get that smooth, airy filling.
  • Allow the pie to sit in the refrigerator for the full 4 hours. The wait is necessary to allow the gelatin to fully set and allow this pie to be perfectly firm and sliceable.
  • Don’t forget to spray the pie pan with cooking spray.
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  • Now this I can do! Love icebox style pies and always have to modify due to the sweetened condensed milk - which is way too sweet for my older group. Strawberries are one of my favorites - and have access to beautiful strawberries at bargain prices. It's funny that I buy them when I have a 20+ year old strawberry patch - and the lizards and creatures of the night win! Thanks for sharing! 🍓

  • Janet Janet on Jun 11, 2023

    I am going to make this pie for Father’s Day! Just wondering if I could use strawberry jello in place of the plain gelatin.

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    • Janet Janet on Jun 16, 2023

      Thank you I will try that.