Strawberry Jello Salad With Cool Whip

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This strawberry jello salad with cool whip is easy to make, indulgent, and light. It’s the perfect summer dessert recipe!

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We love a good jello dessert! It’s light, refreshing, and delicious…not to mention it’s super easy to make. I love that this tasty strawberry jello dessert with cool whip looks amazing and tastes even better.

These tasty dessert cups are perfect for summer parties, gatherings, and family dinners. We eat them year round but there’s just something about summer that screams for light, fresh, treats.

A view of the finished strawberry cheesecake cups ready to be eaten.

Is this a strawberry cheesecake dessert?

Yes! This is about the easiest strawberry cheesecake dessert out there. It’s simple to make and way easier than baking a cheesecake.

This no bake dessert is perfect for a quick sharable treat. You can also make this recipe in one large bowl and serve it that way, I prefer to make it in the serving size cups so everyone can grab and go BUT you can do it however it works best for you.

Two strawberry jello salad with cool whip cups ready to be eaten on a plate with a spoon.

If you decide to make this into a trifle dessert just layer it like you would in the cups but do it in a larger size dish. You can double the recipe in that case to make sure you have enough to fill a larger sized trifle dish!

Here’s what you’ll need to make strawberry cheesecake cups:

Making these cheesecake cups is really easy. There’s nothing fancy going in but the ingredients come together to create sheer bliss in a cup!

We’ll be using some vanilla granola cereal for the base, butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, frozen whipped topping, strawberry Jello, sliced frozen strawberries, water, and the plastic cups (if you want to make it in individual servings). ‘

A few of the finished strawberry jello cups on a serving platter ready to be shared.

If you are looking for small clear plastic cups I’ll include a link below for the ones I like. You can use whatever you can find but I’m partial to anything that can be shipped to me so I don’t have to scour the grocery store or party supply place looking for something!

How to make strawberry Jello salad with Cool Whip:

Add melted butter to granola in a small bowl and mix to combine. Pour 1/4 cup of the granola into the bottom of each of the plastic tumblers. Let the mixture cool in the fridge while preparing the filling.

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping until combined. 

Here we see a variety of strawberry jello cheesecake cups set out and ready to be served.

Spoon or pipe the filling on top of the granola, evenly between the cups. Chill cups in the refrigerator while preparing the gelatin layer. 

Add the boiling water and gelatin to a medium bowl and mix well. Add the frozen strawberries and stir well. 

Let the mixture firm up in the fridge for at least 15-20 minutes, or until it is the consistency of cottage cheese. You want to make sure it is firm enough not to leak into your cream cheese layer but not completely set up. Divide gelatin equally between your cups. Refrigerate your desserts until gelatin is completely set and you are ready to serve.

Should I double this recipe?

This recipe serves about 6 people. So if you need to make more servings than that I would say go for it.

A close up view of a bite of the strawberry jello salad with cool whip on a spoon ready to be devoured.

In my experience making this strawberry jello salad with cool whip there’s never any leftovers. If you’d like to make enough for a crowd or you are looking to fill a trifle dish, feel free to double or even triple the recipe.

If you want to make the serving sizes smaller for a lighter treat you can certainly do that just layer the ingredients in smaller cups like the ones below!

Looking for even more delicious dessert recipes?

If you are a dessert fan you are in the right place! I love making desserts! Try out some of these other ones and let me know which ones are your favorite!

I’ve been sharing my favorite no bake desserts lately. We love this no bake peanut butter pie, no bake chocolate pudding cake, and cookies and cream no bake dessert. They might be no bake but that doesn’t mean they’re lacking on taste! For a frozen no bake treat try this eclair cake!

All the jello salad cups lined up and ready to be served on a blue plaid napkin.

No bake desserts are not just pies and cakes…we also have fudge! Try out all of these amazing no bake/cook fudge recipes.

Yield: 6 Servings

Strawberry Jello Salad With Cool Whip

Featured image of the strawberry jello salad with cool whip on a wooden serving tray ready to be shared.

This strawberry jello salad with cool whip is easy to make, indulgent, and light. It's the perfect summer dessert recipe!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla granola cereal, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 8-ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 6-ounce package strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 16-ounce package frozen sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Small clear plastic cups

Instructions

  1. Add melted butter to granola in a small bowl and mix to combine. Pour 1/4 cup of the granola into the bottom of each of the plastic tumblers. Let the mixture cool in the fridge while preparing the filling.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping until combined.
  3. Spoon or pipe the filling on top of the granola, evenly between the cups. Chill cups in the refrigerator while preparing the gelatin layer.
  4. Add the boiling water and gelatin to a medium bowl and mix well. Add the frozen strawberries and stir well.
  5. Let the mixture firm up in the fridge for at least 15-20 minutes, or until it is the consistency of cottage cheese. You want to make sure it is firm enough not to leak into your cream cheese layer but not completely set up. Divide gelatin equally between your cups. Refrigerate your desserts until gelatin is completely set and you are ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 812Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 329mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 4gSugar: 42gProtein: 9g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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