Strawberry Icebox Dessert

April 7, 2024 - Country Cooking

Strawberry Icebox Dessert is the ultimate no-bake Spring dessert. Fabulously creamy, it is a no-fail dessert and perfect for using plump, juicy, in-season strawberries.

Graham crackers, a cream cheese/whipped cream mixture and sliced strawberries are layered in a baking dish. This recipe is so, so easy. It’s a great recipe for kids to help with.

Once the graham crackers get soft, this dessert has the texture of a light and tender cake. So delicious!

Summer Dessert

Icebox cakes are ideal for summer entertaining. Their cool, creamy texture is perfect on a hot summer day. So refreshing. I also love that I don’t have to turn the oven on to make one.

Make-Ahead Dessert

This icebox dessert is one of my favorite make-ahead desserts for potlucks and get-togethers. It should be made at least 2 hours in advance. 8 hours in advance is even better. The graham crackers get soft over time giving it a wonderous texture.

Minimal Ingredients

No crazy ingredients needed to make this recipe. Just basic ingredients that you are likely to have on hand.

Cream Cheese– let it soften so that it mixes in well.

Powdered Sugar

Heavy Whipping Cream

Vanilla Extract

Almond Extract– go easy on the almond extract. A little goes a long way.

Cinnamon Graham Crackers– you can use regular or chocolate but I like the flavor that cinnamon adds.

Fresh Strawberries– the real star of this dessert.

Recipe Tip

You will need a hand-held electric mixer for this recipe. Be sure to beat the whipping cream mixture until it is thick, but do not overbeat it.


If wrapped well, will keep for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.

More Strawberry Desserts

Strawberry Sheet Cake

Strawberry Amaretto Trifle

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Glazed Strawberry Fritters

More Icebox Desserts

Lemon Icebox Cake

Nutter Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake

Strawberry Pretzel Icebox Pie

Caramel Ritz Cracker Icebox Dessert

Blueberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake


Strawberry Icebox Dessert

Strawberry Icebox Dessert is the ultimate no-bake Spring dessert. Fabulously creamy, it is a no-fail dessert and perfect for using plump, juicy, in-season strawberries.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Keyword no-bake dessert, Spring, strawberry
Prep Time 15 minutes minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours hours
Total Time 2 hours hours 15 minutes minutes
Servings 12
Calories 383kcal


8 ounces cream cheese, softened1 cup powdered sugar cups heavy whipping cream1 teaspoon vanilla extract¼ teaspoon almond extract18 sheets cinnamon graham crackers5 cups sliced strawberriesfresh mint for garnish, optional


In a large mixing bowl, use a hand-held electric mixer to beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
Add cream, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Spread a small amount of cream cheese mixture in the bottom of a 11×7-inch baking dish. (This is just to hold the bottom layer of graham crackers in place.)
Place ⅓ of graham crackers in a single layer.

Spread ⅓ of remaining cream cheese mixture over graham crackers.

Top with 2 cups of sliced strawberries, spreading them evenly.
Place another layer of graham crackers over strawberries. Spread another ⅓ of the cream cheese mixture on top.
Top with another 2 cups of sliced strawberries.

Then add the final layer of graham crackers.

Spread the remaining cream cheese mixture on top.

Scatter remaining 1 cup of strawberries on top.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours before serving.
Garnish with fresh mint if desired and serve.


You can use regular graham crackers or chocolate graham crackers instead of cinnamon.

Nutritional info is provided as a guide only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg

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