Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake has fresh, sweet strawberries, creamy cheesecake filling, and honey graham cracker layers. It’s the perfect way to showcase in season, Florida strawberries in a simply delicious dessert your family will love.
I know most of you readers are experiencing cooler weather that’s typical of this time of year in North America. And you’re probably thinking, “Why on Earth are you making a strawberry icebox cheesecake!? Bake a cheesecake and warm the house up a bit!” I’m with you, but it’s Florida strawberry season!
Did you know that it’s Florida strawberry season?
Their season runs from December through April. This means you can head to your local grocery store to pick up a few packs and savor these sweet red berries. They are a perfectly healthy way to you get you through winter. And if you’re like me, you add on a few pounds during those cold, winter months. The only food you want is comfort food. That’s why I can’t wait for Florida strawberry season, so I can load up on these totally comforting berries.
What? You can’t find them at your local grocery store? Oh, well, then you should reach out to your grocery store manager and request they stock these healthy, red gems. Not only are Florida strawberries sweeter than berries from other places, but they’re shipped from Florida which makes them fresher, too! They always last longer in my fridge than berries trucked in from farther away, which is why I can’t wait until they’re in season.
Yes, I know that doesn’t answer the question of why not bake a cheesecake and warm the house up. And the answer is simple. While baking Florida strawberries is a delicious option, I want to taste that fresh from Florida flavor that baking these berries in a traditional cheesecake would miss. This strawberry icebox cheesecake has FRESH strawberry flavor that is completely comforting to me.
I don’t know about you, but a favorite family dessert at our house is strawberry shortcake. We purchase those little pound cake cups, fresh strawberries, and some whipped cream and make a simple, healthy-ish dessert for dinner. We macerate the berries with a little sugar to get that syrupy sweet juice that the pound cake soaks up. It reminds me of family dinners with my parents and now we’re creating memories with my new family and that delicious dessert.
Even Florida strawberry preserves holds a place in my heart. Sunday Supper created a whole campaign about preserving them recently. I baked some delicious strawberry bars with the strawberry preserves I made. Not only does making preserves remind me of Nana, but I also love making preserves to have that fresh strawberry flavor year-round! Who doesn’t? Other methods included drying them, freezing them, and making other jams or jellies from them. All great ways to save those sweet strawberries for later.
And that, dear readers, are only a few of the reasons why I can’t wait for Florida strawberry season to begin. There are so many recipes you can make with these healthy berries. Their versatility is surprising! From muffins to salads to even cookies, Florida strawberries fill my fridge (and pantry) every time they’re in season.
I will admit that icebox cake or icebox cheesecake is not something that I’ve made before, so it’s not true comfort food to me. And that’s okay. It’s going to be from now on. Because this strawberry icebox cheesecake tastes so delicious, it’s becoming a new comfort food for us!
If you’re not familiar with an icebox cake, it typically consists of a whipped cream mixture and wafer cookies. This leaves so much open to interpretation! What kind of wafer cookies? Does it actually have to be wafer cookies? Is it just straight up whipped cream or is it flavored? These are all ways that an icebox cake can have hundreds of versions.
This one has a cheesecake flavored whipped cream filling. It has honey graham cracker layers. And then there’s the fresh, Florida strawberries sandwiched in between the two. As you can see, they are bright and vibrant in color in this otherwise monochromatic recipe. You just know, by looking at them, that they will pop with sweet strawberry flavor when you take a bite.
See what I mean? Do you see those layers of creamy cheesecake filling and the sweet graham crackers? Then, do you see how those berries just pop? I know that you’re drooling. I can see it. You’re imagining what this will taste like when you make it. And that’s okay! It doesn’t take any time at all to make. You could have it for dessert tonight if you wanted to!
And I’m not ashamed to say that many a few of them didn’t make it in this strawberry icebox cheesecake. I’m also not ashamed to say I did lick the spatula. You have to sample the recipe before you serve it up, right? When a dessert looks this good, it’s a must to make sure the flavors are spot on.
And they truly are spot on. The cheesecake filling is just sweet enough but not so sweet it overpowers. The honey graham crackers have a subtly sweet flavor. Everything comes together to elevate and enhance the sweet, Florida strawberries.
Now, I know you’re slightly envious of me having this for dessert, but don’t be. Florida strawberries are in season right now! And remember, if you can’t find them at your local grocery store then request them from the store manager. Everyone will benefit; you, the store, and other shoppers. Because who doesn’t want to buy local when it’s delicious Florida strawberries?
Make sure you stock up and preserve those berries! You will miss those delicious sweet strawberries when their season has ended, if you don’t.
Florida Strawberry Growers Association share fresh strawberry recipes all the time! Make sure you follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube so you don’t miss any fresh strawberry recipes!
Also make sure to keep scrolling after you read my recipe to see what the other no bake dessert recipes Sunday Supper bloggers are making with their Florida strawberries! I’ve had a sneak peek and they look AH-mazing!!
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 8 or 9 whole graham crackers
- 3 cups sliced, Florida strawberries
- Cream the cream cheese with the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
- Stir in 1/4 of the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the remaining whipped topping.
- In a 9 x 13 loaf pan, place one layer of graham crackers in the bottom of the pan. Cut the crackers as needed to make sure they fit. Layer one third of the cheesecake mixture and one third of the strawberries on top of the graham crackers. Place another layer of graham crackers, one third of the cheesecake mixture, and one third of the strawberries two more times for three layers of crackers and cheesecake mixture.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove from the refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. Using a sharp knife, cut around the edges of the pan before slicing and serving.
No Bake Strawberry Desserts
No Bake Strawberry Cakes and Pies
- Dairy Free Strawberry Silk Pie by Helpful Homemade
- Easy and Delicious Florida Strawberry Pie by Family Foodie
- No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- No Bake Strawberry Lime Mousse Pie by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- No-Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- No-Bake Strawberry Slab Pie by Hardly A Goddess
- Strawberry Ice Cream Cake by Soulfully Made
- Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Tasty Strawberry Layered Desserts
- Fresh Strawberry Pretzel Dessert by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Low Carb Lemon & Strawberry Cheesecake Treat by My Life Cookbook
- No Bake Chocolate Strawberry Lasagna by My Sweet Savings
- Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Strawberry Shortcake Parfait by Desserts Required
- Strawberry Tiramisu by Caroline’s Cooking
- Strawberry-lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Biscotti by Authentically Candace
Special and Delicious Strawberry Treats
- Cannoli Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries by Jersey Girl Cooks
- No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake K-bobs by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Flour On My Face
- Strawberry Dole Whip by Sunday Supper Movement
- Strawberry Mochi by kimchi MOM
- Strawberry S’mores Skillet Dip by Casa de Crews
This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.