Monday, June 23, 2008

Strawberry Cheesecake

This is sooooo easy to make...yet so doggone good!!!! It can be halved, too, for us single gals! This recipe and all future recipes will also be posted on my other blog, Cooking with Nancy.

INGREDIENTS

2 graham cracker crusts, unbaked (I use store bought kind)
2 8 oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened (I use 1/3 Fat Free kind)
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1 envelope Dream Whip

2# strawberries (frozen, but 3 cups of fresh ones are even better!)
3 Tbsp. strawberry Jell-O powder

1 large Cool Whip
2 fresh strawberries for garnish

LAYER 1 ~ FILLING

Whip the envelope of Dream Whip according to directions on the box. Set aside. (No need to wash beaters.) Whip the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the confectioners sugar, beating well. Then fold in the Dream Whip, using low speed, til well blended.

Spread filling over crust, making a little ridge around edge, as shown in pic below, to keep the berries from running down into crust.



LAYER 2 ~ STRAWBERRY TOPPING

If using fresh berries, make sure you have sugared and juiced them prior to using. Drain strawberries, reserving about 3/4 cup of juice. Heat juice to boiling, remove from heat and stir in 3 Tbsp. strawberry Jello, stirring until well dissolved. Cool a few minutes in dish of ice water. Then add berries to juice and refrigerate about 15-20 minutes til it sets up a little. When set up, spread over top of filling, being sure to keep it inside the ridge you made around the filling edge, as shown in pic below.



LAYER 3 ~ COOL WHIP TOPPING

Refrigerate til ready to serve. Spread with Cool Whip and garnish with a fresh strawberry on top! Can also use blueberry or cherry pie filling. Freezes well, too. ENJOY!!! (And don't even think about the 600 calories in each piece!) (My Cool Whip wasn't as firm as it should have been to spread, but it didn't affect the taste one bit! I usually mound it right up in swirls!)

17 comments:

Shelly said...

yummy Nancy! This looks delicous! I love strawberry cheesecake and my hubby loves cherry cheesecake! I love to cook but more importantly, I love to bake!

Lady Di Tn said...

Sounds good but I am a strawberry purest and prefer to hold them by the stem and just eat them. Just plain ole strawberries. Funny thing, Puppy likes them that way also. Peace

Gramma Ann said...

It looks mighty good~~~~~yum, yum!!!

hippochick said...

looks yummy!! not this year though. i've lost 16 pounds, but have about 40 to go.

i promise i'll post by tomorrow at the latest. it just takes so much energy with one hand.

~hippo hugs~

Jess said...

K...I HAVE to make this for Jason! Very simple and sounds delicious!

Have a great week!

Susie said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe Nancy! Maybe I'll take it to our daughter's the next time it's my turn to bring dessert for our Sunday dinner!
xo

Diane said...

Looks delicious! Definitely something to take for a family or friend get together! I dare not keep something so wonderful here for just the two of us...some of our friends were talking Saturday night about getting together this summer for a barbecue. I know what I'm taking!!

Thank you for posting the recipe. The pictures look great!!

Sammy said...

This looks delicious!! I'm going to have to try making it soon! I'll let you know how it goes! :-)

Rising Rainbow said...

Oh, this looks yummy.

Gramma Ann said...

I like the pictures with the recipe. Sometimes I make things and wonder what in the world was it to look like.

The presentation makes me want to go fix it. But maybe another day;))

Diane J. said...

This is good with blueberries for sure. I've never tried it with strawberries though. I don't know why!

Wish I had about a quarter of one right now to go with my coffee! ;o)

xoxoxo

Diane

Grace Scott said...

Wow Nancy, that looks delicious. I may attempt to make that although I double it will look at good as yours when I am done but you never know. Will let you know. Have a good day.

Grace

Reva said...

Oh, wow. I gotta try this one. My husband and I just love Cheese cake, it's our favorite. Yummm.. Thanks

Michelle said...

Looks absolutely DELISH!

Let me know how the kitty is doing. I am sorry.

Midlife Mom said...

You put that recipe in just in time for fresh strawberry season here in Maine! YUM! I WILL be making this one soon!!
Let me know when Lyle has a new post written and tell him I'm still waiting for a comment! lol!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Your cooking/baking photographs are stunning. I really appreciate being able to see them,

I came to thank you for stopping at my Better Blog Writing blog. I used the example of Mom and Dad to show a style of writing related to a kind of newspaper journalism where each sentence is short and easy to read. I am happy that you liked it.

Merle said...

Hi Nancy ~~ Nice to meet you and thank you so much for your comments about Jane. It does make us stop and think and smell the roses. It was nice of you to use those kind words.
Your recipe lokks and sounds wonderful. Must check out your others when I have more time. Take care,
Cheers, Merle.