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Creamy Strawberry Dessert Recipe

Creamy Strawberry Dessert Recipe

Rhonda Butterbaugh shares the recipe for a fruity gelatin dessert that's a summertime staple at her home in Weatherford, Oklahoma. "I usually prepare it the day before I need it," she writes. "It disappears really fast."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:15 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45 wafers)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, sugars and butter; press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • 2. Sprinkle gelatin over boiling water. Remove from the heat; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in strawberries and milk. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until partially set.
  • 3. Fold whipped topping into strawberry mixture. Spread over prepared crust. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until set. Cut into squares. Yield: 15 servings.

Reviews for Creamy Strawberry Dessert

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cherizero User ID: 8791971 244865
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"I followed the recipe exactly. It never did set up. It was a runny mess. I used unsweetened strawberries and it was way too sweet. I will not be making this again."

Sar. User ID: 4753396 67995
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2012

"I followed the recipe exact and it was a soupy mess. Also the crust under was so hard it could not be cut easily. The picture showed a pretty slice. Don't know what went wrong as I even made it the day before."

eliseray User ID: 1765023 50806
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"This was WAY too sweet for my tastes, in spite of the fact that instead of the 20 oz. of frozen sweetened strawberries, I used 16 oz. of fresh strawberries, cut up. In fact, I think another pound of fresh strawberries would help cut the sweetness and there was certainly enough "matrix" to hold a lot more strawberries. Really, it was so sweet it reminded me of eating jelly beans! And I like jelly beans, but for a whole dessert???"

angeleyes41062 User ID: 1349495 123285
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"Everyone loves this recipe! It is a great summertime dessert, but I get asked for it all year long from my family. When I take it to family dinners there never seems to be enough. I did make one change, my husband doesn't like vanilla wafers so I use graham cracker crumbs instead. Still works out great, you should give it a try once."

Mary_1959 User ID: 549472 125432
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"Easy and delicious. Always a huge hit at potlucks."

flopm User ID: 1104303 123283
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2010 Edited Mar. 4, 2016

"absolutely wonderful!!!!"

Catering User ID: 387555 138552
Reviewed May. 29, 2009 Edited Mar. 4, 2016

"I have prepared this dessert for the past several years and it is absolutely delicious. There's never any left when I take it to a potluck. A friend asks me to make it for her birthday each year. Easy to prepare and a real eye-catcher! You can't go wrong with this one."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.