Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake

Are you ready to elevate your dessert game to new heights? Look no further than this tantalizing Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake recipe. Combining the lusciousness of strawberries with the rich creaminess of cheesecake, this dessert is a symphony of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds singing. Plus, with its vibrant colors and decadent layers, it’s as visually stunning as it is delicious.



1lb vanilla cream cookies (about 34 cookies), divided
6 tablespoons melted butter

1 small box (3.3 oz) strawberry jello
1 cup boiling water
2 bricks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
10 strawberry wafer cookies (about 4 oz)


Half a small tub of whipped topping, thawed and placed into a pastry bag with a star tip (Wilton 1M tip recommended)


Process 26 vanilla cream cookies into fine crumbs.
Blend cookie crumbs with melted butter until crumbly.
Press mixture into a greased 10″ springform pan and freeze for 15 minutes.


Dissolve strawberry jello in boiling water, then let cool without refrigerating.
Beat cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth.
In another bowl, whip heavy cream with powdered sugar to stiff peaks.
Combine half of the whipped cream with the cream cheese mixture and the other half with the cooled strawberry jello.
Layer the cream cheese mixture over the crust and freeze for 15 minutes.
Add the strawberry jello mixture on top of the cream cheese layer.


Crush the remaining vanilla cream cookies and strawberry wafers, optionally adding food coloring for a pink hue.
Sprinkle the cookie mixture over the cheesecake and refrigerate for 4 hours.
Garnish with whipped topping before serving.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes | Servings: 12

Serving and Storage Tips


Chill Before Serving: For the best texture and flavor, allow the cheesecake to chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving.
Garnish Creatively: Enhance the presentation by adding fresh sliced strawberries or mint leaves on top of each slice.
Slice Carefully: To ensure clean slices, use a sharp knife dipped in hot water and wiped dry between cuts.
Accompaniments: Serve alongside a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of strawberry sauce for an extra touch of indulgence.
Refrigeration: Store any leftover cheesecake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Freezing: To freeze the cheesecake, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in a freezer-safe container. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
Avoid Direct Sunlight: Keep the cheesecake away from direct sunlight or heat sources to prevent melting or altering its texture.
Individual Portions: For convenience, consider slicing the cheesecake into individual portions before storing to make serving easier.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake remains fresh, delicious, and ready to delight your taste buds whenever you crave a sweet indulgence.


Mixed Berry Medley: Experiment with a variety of berries such as raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries to create a colorful mixed berry cheesecake. Simply substitute the strawberry jello with mixed berry flavored jello and incorporate fresh or frozen mixed berries into the filling for a burst of fruity goodness.

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: For chocolate enthusiasts, try adding a layer of chocolate ganache between the crust and the cheesecake filling. You can also swap the vanilla cream cookies in the crust with chocolate cookies for a rich chocolatey base. Garnish with chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for an extra decadent touch.

Citrus Infusion: Give your cheesecake a refreshing twist by using lemon or lime jello instead of strawberry jello. Add some freshly grated lemon or lime zest to the filling for a bright citrus flavor. Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and a slice of lemon or lime for a zesty finish.

Nutty Crunch: Incorporate chopped nuts such as almonds, pecans, or walnuts into the crust mixture for added texture and flavor. You can also sprinkle chopped nuts on top of the cheesecake along with the cookie crumbs for a delightful nutty crunch.

Seasonal Special: Embrace the flavors of the season by swapping out the strawberry jello for seasonal fruit flavors such as peach, mango, or pumpkin. Decorate the top of the cheesecake with seasonal fruits or spices for a festive touch.

S’mores Sensation: Capture the essence of a classic campfire treat by adding a layer of marshmallow fluff between the crust and the cheesecake filling. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers over the top of the cheesecake along with the cookie crumbs for a deliciously nostalgic twist.

Feel free to get creative and customize this Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake recipe to suit your taste preferences or special occasions. Whether you’re craving something fruity, chocolaty, or nutty, these variations are sure to inspire endless possibilities for delightful cheesecake creations.


1. Can I use store-bought strawberry cheesecake mix instead of making the filling from scratch? While store-bought mixes can be convenient, making the filling from scratch allows for better control over ingredients and flavors. However, you can experiment with pre-made mixes if desired.

2. Can I use a different type of cookie for the crust? Absolutely! Feel free to use your favorite cookies for the crust. Graham crackers, chocolate cookies, or even shortbread can be delicious alternatives to vanilla cream cookies.

3. How do I prevent my cheesecake from cracking? To prevent cracking, ensure that all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing, avoid overmixing the batter, and refrain from opening the oven door too frequently during baking. Additionally, baking the cheesecake in a water bath can help regulate the temperature and prevent cracks.

4. Can I make this cheesecake ahead of time? Yes, this cheesecake can be made ahead of time. Simply store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or freeze it for longer storage. Thaw frozen cheesecake overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

5. Can I omit the gelatin in the filling? The gelatin helps the cheesecake set and gives it a firmer texture. While you can omit it, the cheesecake may be softer and more prone to collapsing. Alternatively, you can experiment with agar agar or other vegetarian gelatin substitutes.

6. Can I use fresh strawberries instead of strawberry jello? Yes, you can use fresh strawberries to infuse flavor into the cheesecake filling. Simply puree the strawberries and incorporate them into the filling mixture. Keep in mind that the texture and flavor may vary slightly compared to using strawberry jello.

7. Can I make this recipe gluten-free? Yes, you can make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free cookies for the crust and ensuring that all other ingredients are certified gluten-free. Be sure to check labels carefully to avoid any hidden sources of gluten.

8. How do I know when the cheesecake is done baking? The cheesecake is done baking when the edges are set and the center is slightly jiggly. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs attached. Avoid overbaking, as this can lead to a dry and dense texture.

With its delightful combination of creamy cheesecake, fruity strawberry flavors, and crunchy cookie crust, this Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake is guaranteed to become a favorite among family and friends. Whether you’re hosting a special occasion or simply craving a decadent treat, this recipe is sure to impress. So why wait? Gather your ingredients and get ready to savor every blissful bite of this irresistible dessert.