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Strawberry Lasagna

Looking for a sweet and refreshing dessert to make for your next BBQ? Try out this sweet and refreshing Strawberry Lasagna! This easy recipe is made by layering a simple crust with sweetened cream cheese and a layer of strawberry jello with fresh strawberries. It’s the perfect summer treat!

Slice of strawberry dessert on a white plate.

Four Layer Strawberry Lasagna

We first made this recipe for chocolate lasagna and it was such a hit that we decided we needed more flavors in our lives. Enter strawberry lasagna!

This four layer strawberry dessert recipe is perfect for summer gatherings or Valentine’s Day celebrations and makes a great presentation. This strawberry lasagna dessert is made by layering a simple crust made with flour and crunchy walnuts.

The walnut crust is topped with a sweetened cream cheese layer and then a layer containing strawberry jello, and fresh strawberries. The entire dessert is then finished with a spread of smooth and creamy whipped topping.

The result is a refreshing and delicious dessert that tastes just like summer! If you’re looking for a strawberry dessert that is sure to impress, give this strawberry lasagna recipe a try!

How To Make Strawberry Lasagna

Prepare the jello: The first step of this dessert is to make the Jello so it is ready for the layers. Combine the strawberry Jello and 2 cups of boiling water until the Jello is completely dissolved. Don’t add the strawberries yet. Set aside and allow to cool at room temperature.

For the Crust

  1. Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 350°F, and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix the dough: In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the flour, softened butter, walnuts, and powdered sugar until a soft dough forms. 
  3. Press and bake: Press the dough into the prepared baking dish into an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before adding additional layers.

For the Cream Cheese Layer

  1. Mix the cream cheese layer: In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, whipped topping, and powdered sugar. Mix the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy.
  2. Layer onto the dry crust: Scoop the cream cheese mixture onto the cooled crust. Use a spatula to smooth out the mixture and cover the entire crust. Return the dessert to your refrigerator while you prepare the next layer.

For the Strawberry Jello Layer

  1. Combine the strawberries and Jello: Stir the hulled and sliced strawberries into the room temperature Jello until evenly mixed.
  2. Layer on cream cheese: Pour the mixture over the chilled cream cheese layer, and spread it in an even layer. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until completely set.

Whipped Topping Layer

  1. Add whipped topping: Once the lasagna is set, use a rubber spatula to evenly coat the top with the whipped topping layer. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts for crunch.
  2. Chill and serve: Place the lasagna back into the fridge to let it set for an additional two hours. Slice and serve while chilled.
Collage showing how to make strawberry lasagna.

Recipe Tips

  1. Be sure to use full-fat cream cheese for this recipe so the mixture will be thick and creamy.
  2. Letting the dessert set overnight in the fridge will give you the best results. However, it will still taste great if you let it set for a few hours.
  3. This strawberry lasagna can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to four days.

Variations

  • If you want a non-dairy version of this dessert, use dairy-free whipped topping and cream cheese. You can also use a graham cracker crust in place of the traditional flour-based crust.
  • Instead of walnuts, try using chopped pecans or almonds on top of the whipped cream layer.
  • You can make this dessert lasagna using other types of berries including raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries. Simply substitute the strawberry Jello for your favorite flavor.
Top down view of strawberry jello dessert.

Storing and Freezing

Storing: This dessert can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. There’s no need to heat it up as this dessert is best served chilled.

Freezing: This strawberry lasagna does not hold up well to freezing.

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Slice of strawberry dessert on a plate.

Strawberry Lasagna

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 42 minutes
Servings: 15 Servings

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Ingredients

First Layer (Crust)

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup walnuts chopped
  • cup powdered sugar

Second Layer (Cream Cheese Layer)

  • 8 ounces block-style cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed, similar to Cool Whip
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Third Layer (Strawberry Layer)

  • 6 ounce package strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups water boiling
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries hulled and sliced

Fourth Layer (Whipped Topping)

  • 8 ounces whipped topping thawed
  • ¼ cup walnuts chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Before you begin, make the gelatin for the third layer so it’s ready when you get to that step. 
  • Combine the strawberry gelatin and 2 cups of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Don’t add the strawberries yet. Set aside and allow to cool at room temperature.
    6 ounce package strawberry gelatin
    2 cups water

For the Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the flour, softened butter, walnuts, and powdered sugar until a soft dough forms. 
    1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup unsalted butter
    ¾ cup walnuts
    ⅛ cup powdered sugar
  • Press the dough into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned. Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes.

For the Cream Cheese Layer

  • In a separate large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, whipped topping, and powdered sugar. Mix the ingredients until they are smooth and creamy.
    8 ounces block-style cream cheese
    8 ounces whipped topping
    1 cup powdered sugar
  • Scoop the cream cheese mixture onto the cooled crust. Use a spatula to smooth out the mixture and cover the entire crust. Return the dessert to your refrigerator while you prepare the next layer.

For the Strawberry Layer

  • Stir the hulled and sliced strawberries into the room temperature gelatin.
    1 pound fresh strawberries
  • Pour the mixture over the chilled cream cheese layer, and spread it in an even layer.
  • Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until completely set.

For the Whipped Topping Layer

  • After the strawberry layer sets, carefully add the whipped topping. Spread in an even layer. Top with chopped walnuts if desired.
    8 ounces whipped topping
    ¼ cup walnuts
  • Transfer the strawberry lasagna back to the refrigerator for 2 hours to allow all the layers to set.
  • Enjoy chilled. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 slice of strawberry lasagna. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 414IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
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