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Berry Cheesecake Dessert

“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


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cold water. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until thickened but not set.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 319 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Taffy77
    Apr 26, 2018

    Five Stars! Thank you Jo, followed recipe exactly. Everyone enjoyed it. This will become my go to recipe. Taffy

  • Abby_21
    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
    Aug 3, 2013

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

  • Mrs_T
    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.

  • dnalivengood
    May 23, 2013

    No comment left

  • justmbeth
    Jun 18, 2012

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

  • JaneneMarie
    Jul 7, 2010

    Easy to make and a nice summer dessert.

  • jdesmarteau
    Oct 20, 2009

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

  • kaitlyn'smommy
    Aug 6, 2009

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

  • baker1576
    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