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Strawberry Graham Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Makes

9 servings

My mother passed the recipe for this luscious dessert on me...and my family has enjoyed it for years. These days, I often make this special treat for my granddaughter. It's a fun way to dress up Jell-O, and kids love it. -Audrey Huckell, Wabigoon, Ontario

Ingredients

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 16 squares)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Fresh strawberries and mint, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter; set aside 1 tablespoon for topping. Press the remaining crumb mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 325° for 10-14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in strawberries and lemon juice. Refrigerate until partially set, about 1-1/2 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Spread half over cooled crust. Cover and refrigerate remaining cream mixture.
  4. Pour gelatin mixture over filling; refrigerate until firm. Top with remaining cream mixture. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Refrigerate overnight. Garnish with fresh berries and mint if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 262 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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