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Strawberry Graham Dessert

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings

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

  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in strawberries and lemon juice. Refrigerate until partially set, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • meaganteal
    Apr 13, 2016

    made this recently for work. Mine was a little sloppy and the next day, leftovers did not look so inviting. It had a good flavor, but I felt there was not enough filling. I did use vanilla oreos instead of graham crackers for the crust. I needed to use them up!!

  • krislix
    Jul 1, 2013

    Made this for a family gathering and everyone loved it. I did raspberry instead of strawberry though.

  • rmkitner
    Jun 7, 2013

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  • Aberdeengirl
    May 23, 2013

    Made this for a party! Rave reviews! Delicious but a bit sloppy! It doesn't double well. But still tasted great!

  • kbackhaus
    Apr 9, 2012

    I made this for Easter and everyone loved it! I didn't have any leftovers to bring home with me! It was so good, a nice light dessert! I plan to make it again for my sister's baby shower!

  • MariaS.
    Apr 10, 2011

    I have been making this recipe and with other flavors also for years. I also chill the crust instead of baking it. I use yogurt in place of whipping cream and it comes out great it's a beautiful and yummy dessert. It's so easy to make, unfortunately doesn't stay around more than a day or so.

  • luvrotties
    Jun 21, 2010

    I have made this several times, most of the time doubling it to make a 9 X 13 pan for our family get-togethers. Easy to make. I did add a little sugar & increased 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs. I chilled crust in fridge instead of baking crust. Very tasty. One of my guests said she could eat the whole pan by herself & wanted some to take home for "breakfast."

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    Feb 5, 2010

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    Jun 5, 2007

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    Jul 30, 2006

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