Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

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Strawberry Cheesecake Lush is a delicious and creamy treat that’s simple to make. An easy, no-bake dessert perfect for any summer gatherings!

We made this tasty dessert recipe with many delicious layers: cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake pudding, and plenty of whipped topping! If you love strawberry desserts like this, try our Strawberry Pie Cupcakes or our Easy Strawberry Pie.

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush Dessert on a plate

Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

Delicious, chilled, fruity desserts are one of the highlights of the summer for me. As the weather gets warmer, I definitely start needing some cold treats to keep me cool. I love making all sorts of popsicles and Jell-O cups and molds, but it’s just not summer without a lush! I’ve made other lush flavors in the past, but this summer I made this tasty Strawberry Cheesecake Lush.

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagna

If you’ve never had a lush before, think of it as a sort of dessert lasagna. It’s a layered dessert, made with all sorts of creamy, delicious layers- lots of puddings and cheesecake-style fillings. They’re served cold and- you’re gonna love this- they’re usually no-bake recipes! This Strawberry Lush is no different: it’s a no-bake made with all sorts of tasty dessert layers. It’s basically the perfect mix of a strawberry cheesecake and a strawberry delight!

Text on image Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

We absolutely enjoyed this easy lush dessert recipe. It does take a bit of time for some of the parts to set up in the fridge or freezer but the wait is well worth it! My family and I ate this first batch all up on our own but I’m eager to make this for a get-together or party very soon. Give it a try and I’m certain it’ll be one of your new favorites!

Text on image Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

Enjoyed this dessert? Try some of our other lush recipes!

  • Let’s keep things simple with our Easy Cherry Lush. This is made very similarly to our Strawberry Cheesecake Lush you see here- just with cherries! With a creamy cheesecake layer, some cheesecake pudding, and some delicious cherry pie filling, what’s not to love?
  • For one of our all-time favorites, check out our Lemon Lush Bars! It all starts with a sweet shortbread crust, topped with some cream cheese, some lemon pudding, and plenty of whipped topping. A perfect dessert for any summer get-togethers or parties!
  • Enjoy our spin on the classic with a Banana Split Lush. Made with a delicious chocolate graham cracker crust and plenty of sliced banana and crushed pineapple, this is a sweet treat you don’t wanna miss out on! Tasty, no-bake, and perfect with a little chocolate syrup drizzle just before serving.

Text on image Strawberry Cheesecake Lush

Lush Ingredients

We’re gonna break this ingredients list up into layers. Starting off with the crust, you’ll need…
  • Vanilla Wafers – Go with some like Nilla Wafers if you can.
  • Sugar
  • Melted Butter
Next up, for the cheesecake layer, you’ll use…
  • Strawberries – Hulled and sliced into planks.
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sugar
The strawberry cheesecake pudding layer is going to need…
  • Cheesecake Pudding Mix
  • Milk
  • Strawberry Jello
Finally, for the whipped topping…
  • Frozen Whipped Topping – Like Cool Whip.
  • Strawberries – For garnish.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert ingredients

How to make Strawberry Lush

This recipe might seem hard or complex, but it really isn’t! Here’s all you need to do:
  1. Make a vanilla wafer crust by mixing crushed wafers, sugar, and melted butter. Let crust freeze before moving on.
  2. Lay a layer of strawberries over the crust before spreading a cream cheese and sugar mixture over to make the cheesecake layer.
  3. Beat together cheesecake pudding mix and milk with strawberry gelatin powder before spreading over cheesecake layer. Let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes before topping with Cool Whip and garnishing with strawberries.

Nilla Cookies in food processor

First, the crust. Start by pulsing your vanilla wafers in a food processor until finely crushed. Your gonna mix the crushed wafers with some sugar and melted butter.

Butter and sugar added to cookie crumbs

That should come together into a mixture that feels like wet sand. Press that into the bottom and slightly up the sides of a greased glass 8×8″. Pressing with something like a metal measuring cup helps keep things even. Transfer that to the freezer to set for about 1-2 hours.

Pressing cookie mixtures in dish

Cheesecake Layer

This layer of our Strawberry Lush is going to be a basic cheesecake filling with some fresh strawberry slices mixed in. First, slice the strawberries into thin, plank-like slices.

Sliced strawberries

For the cheesecake filling, we’re going to keep things real simple. Just beat together some softened cream cheese and some sugar until well-blended.

Cream cheese and sugar in bowl

Lay out a layer of your strawberry slices over the crust. You could, optionally, spread a bit of cheesecake filling down first if you wanted.

Strawberries added to Nilla Cooie Crust

Once you’ve got a layer of strawberries set, spread that cheesecake filling over them. If you sliced your strawberries extra-thin, you may have some leftover. In that case, try to use only half the cheesecake filling at first. Once you’ve spread the first half, lay another layer of strawberries and spread the rest of the filling.

Cream cheese mixture added to the top of strawberries

Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Layer

For this layer, all you have to do is beat together some milk, cheesecake pudding mix, and some strawberry Jello. Do that in an appropriately sized mixing bowl.

Milk added to pudding and jello

Let that mixture set up just a little bit before spreading it over top the cheesecake layer you laid earlier. Once you’ve got that layer spread, transfer it to the fridge to chill for 15 minutes before moving on.

Strawberry pudding on to cream cheese layer

Topping your Strawberry Lush

Finally, all that’s left is to top your lush. We’re going to keep things simple by just using some Cool Whip for this. Spread that nice and evenly over top your cheesecake pudding layer.

Whipped topping added to strawberry layer

Once the Cool Whip is spread, sprinkle some diced strawberries over the topping. This strawberry topping is optional but we think it looks good and who doesn’t love some extra strawberry flavor? Once your topping is on, feel free to serve your strawberry lush and enjoy!

No bake strawberry dessert in dish

How long are lush desserts good for?

Considering there are quite a few delicate ingredients in this Strawberry Lush, we wouldn’t consider keeping it for too long. Try to enjoy your lush dessert within 3-4 days of making it. Keep it covered well in an airtight container in the fridge.

Strawberry Cheesecake pudding dessert

Can I freeze my lush dessert?

Technically speaking, you could try freezing your Strawberry Lush. There are a bunch of issues that might spring up after you thaw it out, however. Jello and gelatin products don’t freeze very well- often losing their texture. Similarly, that cheesecake filling can become a bit “grainy” after freezing and thawing. If you don’t mind these texture changes, you can give freezing your lush dessert a try- we’d recommend keeping it for around 3 months if frozen.

Strawberry Cheesecake layered dessert on a fork

3.67 from 3 votes

No Bake Strawberry Lush

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Strawberry Cheesecake Lush is a delicious and creamy treat that's simple to make. An easy, no-bake dessert perfect for any summer gatherings!
Prep: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients 

  • 8 oz Nilla Vanilla Wafers, about 3/4 of box
  • 1 cup Sugar, divided
  • 1/2 stick Butter , melted
  • 15 Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 box Cheesecake Pudding Mix
  • 1 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1 box Strawberry Gelatin
  • 8 oz Cool Whip

Instructions 

  • Grease glass 8x8" dish. Set aside.
  • Pulse wafers in food processor until finely crushed.
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar and pulse.
  • Add melted butter and pulse until well blended.
  • Press mixture into bottom and sides of prepared dish.
  • Place in freezer for 1-2 hours.
  • Create a layer of strawberry slices on top of crust. Set aside.
  • Beat together cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended.
  • Spread over cooled crust.
  • In a medium bowl, beat together cheesecake pudding mix, 3 tablespoons of strawberry Jello powder and the milk.
  • After it is slightly set, spread mixture on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.
  • Top with Cool-Whip.
  • Garnish with a few diced strawberries

Nutrition

Calories: 484kcal, Carbohydrates: 70g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 50mg, Sodium: 458mg, Potassium: 179mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 55g, Vitamin A: 619IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 111mg, Iron: 1mg
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About Jen Cincyshopper

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks for all the great receipes! The copycat Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino is fantastic!! Already had two! Can’t wait to do strawberry Lush.

  2. 4 stars
    I am sure this is so delicious – especially with the strawberries. You share some of the best recipes! #HomeMattersParty

  3. Your instructions aren’t clear…it says 3 Tbsp with milk…3 Tbsp of what? The gelatin? Or do you use a whole box of gelatin, and if so, what size?

    1. Hi, Karen so sorry about that. My husband is updating the recipe card. You will combine the 3 tbsp of gelatin powder along with the whole box of cheesecake pudding and 1 and 3/4 cups of milk.