Berry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe
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Berry Cheesecake Dessert Recipe

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“My aunt tasted this classic dessert on a business trip at least 40 years ago and brought the recipe back to share with the family,” recalls Jo Nunnally of Ripley, Mississippi.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 319 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour into the crust.
  2. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until the center is almost set. Carefully spread sour cream over the top. Bake 10 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until thickened but not set.
  4. Carefully pour a third of the gelatin over sour cream layer. Arrange strawberries over gelatin; pour remaining gelatin over berries. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Berry Cheesecake Dessert in Taste of Home June/July 2006, p46

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Abby_21 User ID: 1024283 89307
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"Made this exactly as called for. Sour cream just sat as a blob on top of the base and added nothing to the flavor of the dessert. The dish LOOKED nice, but really just a cheesecake square with a side of strawberry jello. I don't think the topping was at all taste compatible with the base. For this reason, I would not make it again."

luckydime User ID: 5716686 206480
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"I made this last 4th of July. Was a big hit with family and friends. Will definitely make again!"

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 145125
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2013

"Went over very well at a recent potluck. I did use gluten free vanilla wafer crumbs rather than graham cracker crumbs. I ended up using frozen strawberries, and it worked out fine, but the fresh berries would be the best."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 120324
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2012

"Great dessert. The jello soaked into the cheesecake layer, so it wasn't as pretty but it tasted great."

JaneneMarie User ID: 2544958 144238
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2010

"easy to make and a nice summer dessert."

jdesmarteau User ID: 1410008 138301
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"My family ate and ate. They could not get enough. It was an easy way to serve cheesecake"

kaitlyn'smommy User ID: 3996686 138244
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2009

"I made this recipe last night and it was not a big hit. The textures did not go well together."

baker1576 User ID: 3684884 60800
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2009

"This is soooo gooood. I will definately have to make this again. Did not change a thing. Yummy just the way it is printed. baker 1576"

ruthie43 User ID: 499562 120322
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2009

"I made this over the weekend and it delicious and I'm going to make it for my son when I go to visit."

Windsong1 User ID: 1470326 59965
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2008

"Wow, I'm just going to have to make this and get fatter."

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