Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe

Easy, quick and very pretty, this make-ahead Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe has a delicious cheesecake filling and is perfect for family gatherings or holiday dinners.

This recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Parfait is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorite things to make. It’s easy, fast and is so pretty when it’s all finished. I use these parfait dishes that were my mother-in-law’s and I think they give this dessert a sweet, vintage feel. I have always baked a graham cracker crust but for this recipe it’s not necessary. The bottom layer of these parfaits is not baked and it is delicious!

strawberry cheesecake parfait recipe includes cheesecake filling

Strawberry Parfait Recipe with Cream Cheese Filling

Easy, quick and very pretty, this make-ahead strawberry parfait recipe includes a versatile cream cheese filling, and is perfect for family gatherings or holiday dinners.
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Servings: 4 parfaits
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigeration time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


Strawberry Topping

  • 2 cups strawberries (cleaned and diced)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Graham Cracker Bottom

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (10 whole graham crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter (melted)

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 4 oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 oz. Cool Whip whipped topping (half an 8 oz. container)


  • In a small bowl, mix strawberries and 2 teaspoons sugar. Set aside.
  • Place graham crackers in a food processor and blend until they are fine crumbs.
  • Dump the graham cracker crumbs into another bowl. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and mix together with a fork.
  • Add the melted butter to the graham crackers. Stir with a fork until well combined. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer place cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla. Whip for 2 minutes.
  • Fold in Cool Whip by hand, just until combined.
  • Divide the graham cracker mixture between 4 parfait dishes.
  • With a large spoon, press the crumbs down until they are firm and the top is even.
  • Divide the cream cheese mixture between the 4 parfait dishes. Spread to the sides of the dishes.
  • Top with strawberries, dividing evenly between 4 servings.
  • Refrigerate for two hours.
  • Add a bit of whipped topping to the top right before serving. Garnish with fresh mint.


To make ahead: assemble the parfait dishes with the graham cracker crust and cream cheese filling. Refrigerate up to 8 hours. Top with strawberries and garnish right before serving. 


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 482IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 1mg
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I used locally homegrown strawberries for these parfaits and oh my gosh…they were so good. It’s worth the extra effort to get to a farmer’s market because there is just nothing like homegrown strawberries. I did draw the line at picking them though! If it’s not strawberry season or you don’t have access to fresh strawberries, strawberry jam would work well as a substitute. 

Versatile Cheesecake Filling

Another great way to serve this strawberry cheesecake parfait recipe is to use little mason jars. The crust, cheesecake filling, and strawberries will layer beautifully in the jars. The lids will keep each parfait fresh. This is definitely a make-ahead recipe, which makes it an easy thing to serve for gatherings with families and friends. 

One last way to serve this strawberry cheesecake parfait  recipe is to simply put all the ingredients together in a trifle bowl or even a square baking dish. It would take just a minute to layer the cheesecake filling in between the crust and strawberries. It could still be served up into small parfait dishes or mason jars. Any way you serve it, and whether or not you use fresh strawberries or strawberry jam, it is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy!

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  1. This is going to become my new go to recipe for a desert !
    It is delicious and so easy to make
    I am thrilled to have found your site

  2. I’m making the strawberry cheesecake parfait for book club in May. Also using my mother’s Fosteria dishes so the table should be pretty. Love your recipes.

  3. Sorry for getting to you so late Ann, but things have been nutty for us, read my blog, since we closed on the old house. This looks divine as usual. Can’t wait to make this for sure.


  4. Marcia @Gathering at the Table says:

    HEAVENLY! I must try it soon. Of course, I don’t think I’ll come close to serving it as beautifully as you, but I’ll try nonetheless. :)

  5. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog says:

    Ann, I think this looks delicious. Hope you are well.

  6. I will be making these very soon! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  7. debbiedoos says:

    Oh my gosh Ann so good and refreshing. Not to mention it looks so pretty!

  8. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Ann, this is so yummy and light… and looks amazing! Thanks for the “keeper” recipe!

  9. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Oh my! That first image is stunning! We are still getting a few strawberries from the garden, but they don’t make it into the house. I pop them into my mouth as quick as I can! Your parfait is the perfect summertime dessert, and if I can collect enough strawberries, I will have to make it!

  10. Brenda Kula says:

    Looks and sounds delicious!

  11. Oh my those look amazing. I’m so hungry and I wish I had one of your parfaits.

  12. Strawberries and cheesecake. My two favorites! Have a beautiful sunny weekend, my friend.

  13. Charlotte says:

    Yummy Ann! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Perfect for summer and my oven is not working. Thanks Ann!!

  15. Yum! We have family visiting next weekend and I’m going to make these :) I love that the recipe is easy to convert so that it’s gluten free too. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    :D This is a great dessert recipe for July 4th! You coud also add blueberries!

    Thanks for posting the recipe, Ann.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Oh adding blueberries is an awesome idea…very patriotic!

  17. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & From Harvest To Table says:

    They look delicious and perfect for the first day of summer!