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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie Recipe

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Pie Recipe

I've been cooking since I was a girl and I especially enjoy making fresh, fruity desserts like this. It's wonderful and light for warm weather or after a large meal. A must when fresh berries are in season! —Erica Cooper, Elk River, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 package (.3 ounce) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 fresh strawberries


  • 1. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry. Transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5-7 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine pudding mix, water and lemon juice. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • 3. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Gradually stir in pudding. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until thickened. Fold in sliced strawberries. Transfer to crust.
  • 4. For topping, in another bowl, beat the cream cheese, 1/2 cup whipped topping and vanilla until smooth. Fold in remaining whipped topping. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a medium star tip. Fill with topping. Pipe topping around edges of pie; garnish with whole strawberries. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 259 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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cgbish User ID: 7158051 226525
Reviewed May. 18, 2015

"My family absolutely loves this pie. I've even made it in a 9X13 pan. This one's a keeper"

Claire71uk User ID: 7151148 108322
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"Switched pudding for marscapone cheese mixed with vanilla, for truly scrumptious dessert .

Also made own jelly, to avoid aspatimine/sweetener poisoning (even children's vitamins contain it?) .
2cups strawberries hulled and quartered, in bowl over simmering water for an hour, to extract and strained thru muslin (never press or squeeze, as will be cloudy), for clear juice, add lemon juice and liquid of choice to make 600ml. I have used Rose water! White wine, sparkling water with elderflower cordial! sometimes all that's needed is water. As sweet enough.
In cold water 4 sheets gelatine soak until pliable, add to cooling strawberry juice mix, allow to cool until thickened, but pourable then pour over constructed pie, allow to set and top with cream etc as above."

TLO1214 User ID: 7853194 153409
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"Has anyone ever tried using instant pudding for this recipe?"

granlov5 User ID: 7701133 157625
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"It sounds wonderful...will have to try it!!"

Lin1234 User ID: 7117377 74070
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I had never made strawberry pie before, but this was excellent. I did follow some tips from previous reviewers...I also used a small box of regular strawberry gelatin (not sugar-free) & it was not too sweet. I also thought the pudding/gelatin mix was too thin after only 30 minutes in the fridge, so I left it in there over an hour. The pie was still runny, but I purposely made it a day before. I used a bought graham cracker crust, let it sit over night in the fridge (covered) & it was completely solid, perfect for our 4th of July picnic. People loved it. I would make this again for sure."

Alohamom User ID: 6553030 136113
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"Made this pie for daughter's potluck at school, and it was a hit. There were no leftovers, and as soon as people realized I made it they asked me for the recipe. One thing I noticed was it needed MUCH more time to set. I wish I would've made it earlier that day so it could've cooled in the refrigerator for several hours before I had to go. Still, great recipe! Oh, I used regular strawberry jello, and it didn't taste too sweet. Delicious. ;)"

MollieDi User ID: 5304424 108321
Reviewed May. 1, 2012

"This pie was great... quick, easy and yummy! Just two things: I'm going to double the topping recipe and spread over the entire pie and keep it in the fridge at least 12 hours before eating it. Perfect!"

apowlus User ID: 276733 157082
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"Oops, forgot to mention that when I made this, I was at my brother-in-laws and his kitchen is not as loaded with pans, etc as mine. Therefore, I just used the premade Marie Calendar pie shells for deep dish and it worked great following the rest of the recipe."

apowlus User ID: 276733 207685
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"I am making this for the 4th of July. I made it for my mother-in-laws- 85th birthday dinner and she loved it. Everyone there loved it. It is excellent. If you make two though, you do not have to double the cream cheese and the whipped topping as there is ample to make two pies using the one pie recipe."

josiezanker User ID: 3325499 108255
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2011

"It asks for the sugar free gelatin. The small box of sugar free is .3 oz package. I would try it with the sugar free the first time. Otherwise you will want to adjust the amount of sugar added to the recipe if you use the regular strawberry gelatin."

kerrylehman User ID: 1313933 108252
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"I have a question that I am hoping someone can help me with...I noticed that the recipe calls for a .3 oz package of strawberry gelatin. I have never seen a box that small--the size in the grocery store is 1.4 oz. Any suggestions on how to accurately get .3 oz of gelatin from a larger-size box for this recipe? Also, does it need to be sugar free, or can it be regular gelatin?"

administrator User ID: 1996148 161474
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"This was fabulous! I used fat free cream cheese and sugar free whipped topping and everything came out wonderful. I had 4 teenage boys asking for more and to make it again."

ltimberlake User ID: 5189959 161442
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"This was a major hit at my daughters baby shower! I took a photo of it and posted it on TOHs Facebook homepage. I slightly over compensated the amount of sliced strawberries so, next time I will use a little less than the recipe call for, or use smaller berries."

preciousdawn User ID: 3612615 74064
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"Love this recipe. Used it for strawberry shortcake - making just the glaze portion and I used regular gelatin. Took to a company function and ran out. Have passed it on to many people. I make it as much as possible."

tibiaJ60 User ID: 4111059 108251
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2009

"I made this dessert for a bake off at work...just say that my box was filled when i had to raffle it off. The winner enjoyed it very much"

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