Strawberry Icebox Dessert – Spicy Southern Kitchen

Strawberry Icebox Dessert is the ultimate no-bake Spring dessert. Fabulously creamy, it is a no-fail dessert and perfect for using plump, juicy, in-season strawberries.

Piece of Strawberry Icebox Dessert on a small plate.

Graham crackers, a cream cheese/whipped cream mixture and sliced strawberries are layered in a baking dish. This recipe is so, so easy. It’s a great recipe for kids to help with.

Once the graham crackers get soft, this dessert has the texture of a light and tender cake. So delicious!

Icebox Cake in baking dish.

Summer Dessert

Icebox cakes are ideal for summer entertaining. Their cool, creamy texture is perfect on a hot summer day. So refreshing. I also love that I don’t have to turn the oven on to make one.

Make-Ahead Dessert

This icebox dessert is one of my favorite make-ahead desserts for potlucks and get-togethers. It should be made at least 2 hours in advance. 8 hours in advance is even better. The graham crackers get soft over time giving it a wonderous texture.

Layer of graham crackers in baking dish.

Minimal Ingredients

No crazy ingredients needed to make this recipe. Just basic ingredients that you are likely to have on hand.

  • Cream Cheese– let it soften so that it mixes in well.
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract– go easy on the almond extract. A little goes a long way.
  • Cinnamon Graham Crackers– you can use regular or chocolate but I like the flavor that cinnamon adds.
  • Fresh Strawberries– the real star of this dessert.
Piece of Strawberry Icebox Dessert on a small plate.

Recipe Tip

You will need a hand-held electric mixer for this recipe. Be sure to beat the whipping cream mixture until it is thick, but do not overbeat it.


If wrapped well, will keep for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator.

More Strawberry Desserts

Close-up of Strawberry Icebox Dessert.

More Icebox Desserts

  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand-held electric mixer to beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.

  • Add cream, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.

  • Spread a small amount of cream cheese mixture in the bottom of a 11×7-inch baking dish. (This is just to hold the bottom layer of graham crackers in place.)

  • Place ⅓ of graham crackers in a single layer.Spread ⅓ of remaining cream cheese mixture over graham crackers.
  • Top with 2 cups of sliced strawberries, spreading them evenly.

  • Place another layer of graham crackers over strawberries. Spread another ⅓ of the cream cheese mixture on top.

  • Top with another 2 cups of sliced strawberries.Then add the final layer of graham crackers.
  • Spread the remaining cream cheese mixture on top.Scatter remaining 1 cup of strawberries on top.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours before serving.

  • Garnish with fresh mint if desired and serve.

You can use regular graham crackers or chocolate graham crackers instead of cinnamon.
Nutritional info is provided as a guide only and will vary based on brands of products used.

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg

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