Strawberry Dessert Lasagna


Looking for a special dessert that looks super fancy, but is actually easy to make? This no bake strawberry dessert lasagna is sure to be a hit! This dessert lasagna is cold, creamy, fruity, full of strawberry flavor with a hint of white chocolate to finish. It’s so rich and yummy!

Wow your family and friends with a restaurant-quality dessert, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Strawberry Dessert Lasagna

We are eating at home a lot more often now, and that means celebrating special occasions at home, instead of going to a restaurant.

The good news, is that it doesn’t have to be difficult to make restaurant quality desserts! (This post contains affiliates)

This dessert is essentially a no bake strawberry cheesecake, and it’s perfect for any event–from a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, to a Sunday night with your family. I love that this isn’t a bake strawberry lasagna, something light, cool is perfect after dinner.

Cheesecake layer, strawberry layer, and whipped topping on the top layer. Yum! This is such an easy dessert recipe.

I mean, you can also sit down by yourself with a fork…we won’t judge! {giggle}

Supplies Needed To Make Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- Vanilla Oreos, fresh strawberries, butter, water, gelatin, sugar, Jell-O, cream cheese, and cool whip- kids activities blog
Turn pantry staples into a yummy dessert that is perfect for an at-home date night, or for the whole family to enjoy!

Strawberry Dessert Lasagna Ingredients

Many of the strawberry dessert lasagna ingredients are inexpensive things you probably already have in your fridge and pantry.

Here is your shopping list!

Crust:

Layers:

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 (8oz) containers whipped topping
  • ? cup boiling water
  • 1 box (½ cup serving size) strawberry gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water and enough ice cubes to make 1 cup 
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced small  

Toppings (optional):

Strawberry Lasagna- Finished Recipe of Strawberry Dessert Lasagna on a plate with cookie crush, white layer, pink layer, white layer, and fresh strawberries with white chocolate shavings on a white plate with a black and white towel against white marble- kids activities blog
Change out the Jell-O color (and flavor) to match different holidays! Make this with lime Jell-O for St. Patrick’s Day, and enjoy a Key Lime pie flavoring!

How To Make Strawberry Dessert Lasagna Crust 

Step 1

Grab your food processor (or even just a good quality blender) and let’s go!

Step 1: Put golden Oreos into the food processor to make crumbs- Strawberry Dessert Lasagna - kids activities
If you aren’t a fan of Golden Oreos, trying making strawberry dessert lasagna with a different cookie, or crushed pretzels, instead!

Step 2

Crush cookies in food processor into fine crumbs. Don’t want a sweet cookie crust? Make a graham cracker crust.

Step 2- Blend the golden Oreos until you have fine crumbs- Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- Kids Activities Blog
If you don’t have a food processor, use a blender, or even crush your cookies inside a sealed Ziploc bag to make a no bake strawberry cheesecake crust.

Step 3

Add to large bowl.

Steps 3-4: Place crumbs in a bowl and melt butter before pouring over the crumbs, mix well. Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- kids activities blog
No bake desserts are my favorite because they are so quick and easy!

Step 4

Melt butter in microwave safe bowl.

Step 5

Add to cookie crumbs and mix well with a rubber spatula or a wooden spatula. Melted butter will help keep the crust together once it gets cold.

Step 5-6: Pour the butter crumb mixture in a pan and press it down until the crumbs are even-Strawberry Dessert Lasagna - kids activities blog
Make sure you press the first layer of our no bake cheesecake down firmly against the pan.

Step 6

Press into 13×9 glass dish.

Step 7

Place in refrigerator to chill at least 30 minutes.

Making the First Layer Of Strawberry Dessert Lasagna

This tends to be the step my kids actually want to help with, since they can lick they mixer beaters after *sigh* haha!

Step 8- Add sugar and cream cheese to a bowl -Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- Kids Activities Blog
Don’t forget to soften your cream cheese before you begin working on the first layer of your dessert lasagna!

Step 8

Cream together softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

Step 8 - Using a hand mixer cream the soft cream cheese and sugar together until smoothStrawberry Dessert Lasagna
This is my favorite layer of strawberry cheesecake–the actual cheesecake section! Yum!

Step 9

Stir in 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping until smooth. You can make your own whipped cream using heavy cream if you don’t want to use store bought whipped topping, but whipped topping is more fluffy.

Step 9- Add in a container of cool whip and mix until smooth. Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- kids activities blog
Mix completely before spooning onto your strawberry dessert lasagna.

Step 10

Spread over crust.

Step 10- spread the cream cheese mixture over the set crust -Strawberry Dessert Lasagna - Kids Activities Blog
No bake desserts are great! You only have to wait a half an hour or so before you can finish assembling your no bake cheesecake!

Step 11

Place in refrigerator to chill at least 30 minutes.

How to Make The Second Layer Of Strawberry Dessert Lasagna

If you want to use pre-made Jell-O move ahead a step or two to where you mix the Cool Whip in!

Step 12- In a bowl mix boiling water and gelatin until dissolved. Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- Kids Activities Blog
If you want to use pre-made Jell-O, like the Jell-O cups, move ahead to when you mix the Cool Whip in to form the additional layers of your cheesecake.

Step 12

In a large bowl, stir boiling water into gelatin for at least 2 minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved. You can use any type of instant pudding Jell-O. s

Step 13

Add ice cubes to cold water to make 1 cup, stir into strawberry mixture.

Step 14

Stir until gelatin is thickened and remove any unmelted ice cubes if necessary.

Step 15- Mix in whipped topping until completely smooth- Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- Kids Activities blog
So exciting–your strawberry lasagna is almost ready!

Step 15

Fold in 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping until completely smooth.

Step 16- Mix in the chopped strawberry to your pink mixture- Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- Kids Activities Blog
Fresh strawberries work best for this no bake cheesecake.

Step 16

Stir in chopped strawberries. Sweet strawberries is crucial for this recipe. Want it more chunky? Sliced strawberries instead of diced strawberries will give you bigger bites of strawberries.

Step 17

Place bowl in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to thicken.

Step 18- Spread the strawberry Mixture over the cream cheese mixture in the glass pan- Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- kids activities blog
One more layer of Cool Whip, and your dessert lasagna is ready to go! That’s it!

Step 18

Spread over cream cheese layer.

Step 19- spread cool whip topping over the strawberry mixture once set- Strawberry Dessert Lasagna- Kids activities blog
it’s so easy to make gluten free strawberry dessert lasagna! You only have to swap out a couple of ingredients!

How Do You Make Gluten Free Strawberry Dessert Lasagna?

It is SUPER easy to make this into a gluten free dessert!

Start by locating a gluten free strawberry gelatin. (You might have to buy the already prepared Jell-O cups).

Instead of using golden Oreos, replace them with a similar gluten free cookie, such as Glutino gluten free vanilla creme cookies, or Kinnikinnick Kinnitoos vanilla sandwich cookies. If you cannot find a decent gluten free cookie substitute, try crushed gluten free graham crackers, or crushed gluten free pretzels, instead!

As always, double check that your packaged ingredients state that they are gluten free, to be safe.

Delicious Strawberry Dessert Lasagna in the pan and cut onto a plate with a bite missing and fresh strawberries.
You have to do a little bit of homework to locate all the substitutes, but it will be worth it to have vegan strawberry dessert lasagna!

Vegan or Dairy Free Strawberry Dessert Lasagna

This gets a little trickier, but it’s not impossible to make a vegan or dairy free version of strawberry dessert lasagna.

To start with, you will need to find a plant based cool whip product. I have seen a couple of almond milk ones at Whole Foods. If you can’t find one in store, there are recipes online to make your own.

There are many different brands of vegan cream cheese at most grocery stores.

You will need to locate vegan gelatin (regular gelatin is an animal product). There are vegan brands, such as Natural Simply Delicious strawberry jel dessert (purchase online).

Also, you will need to find a substitute for the golden Oreos, as they are not vegan. The Kinnikinnick Kinnitoos vanilla sandwich cookies (listed above in the gluten free paragraph) are dairy free, and htey do not list any animal ingredients, but they are not marked as being vegan–so you might have to do a little bit of searching to find a vegan certified option. Or, you can try another type of vegan cookie, instead!

If you want to use chocolate curls for the topping, select a vegan chocolate bar, and then carve shavings off of it!

Prep Time
20 minutes

Cook Time
7 hours

Total Time
7 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 (14.3oz) package golden Oreo cookies
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • Layers:
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 (8oz) containers whipped topping
  • ⅔ cup boiling water
  • 1 box (½ cup serving size) strawberry gelatin
  • ½ cup cold water and enough ice cubes to make 1 cup
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced small
  • Toppings (optional):
  • strawberries
  • crushed cookies
  • chocolate curls

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Crush cookies in food processor into fine crumbs.
  2. Add to large bowl.
  3. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl.
  4. Add to cookie crumbs and mix well.
  5. Press into 13×9 glass dish.
  6. Place in refrigerator to chill at least 30 minutes.

First Layer:

  1. Cream together softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Stir in 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping until smooth.
  3. Spread over crust.
  4. Place in refrigerator to chill at least 30 minutes.

Second Layer:

  1. In a large bowl, stir boiling water into gelatin for at least 2 minutes until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  2. Add ice cubes to cold water to make 1 cup, stir into gelatin mixture.
  3. Stir until gelatin is thickened and remove any unmelted ice cubes if necessary.
  4. Fold in 1 (8 oz) container whipped topping until completely smooth.
  5. Stir in chopped strawberries.
  6. Place bowl in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to thicken.
  7. Spread over cream cheese layer.

Last Layer:

  1. Spread remaining whipped topping over strawberry layer.
  2. Garnish if desired.
  3. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve at least 4 hours .
  4. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

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What is your favorite no bake dessert? 



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