Strawberry Icebox Pie

I’ve told you before about my grandmother’s green metal recipe box. It’s filled with handwritten and clipped recipes for amazing desserts. Some are very familiar, and some not at all. I found not one but three recipes for strawberry pie in there recently, yet I have no memory of her making even one.

Still, I felt compelled to try a version of my own. I took some things I liked about each recipe, threw in some of my own ideas, and came up with this amazingly delicious pie.

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The key here is in the layers. Graham cracker crust, of course, is always a favorite. That’s topped with a thin cream cheese layer. It’s sweetened just enough so that the tartness of the cream cheese still comes through and perfectly accents the next layer of sweetened strawberries. As if that weren’t enough, a generous helping of sweetened whipped cream tops off all of that. It all just works so harmoniously together.

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Despite all the steps and layers, this is a very simple dessert to make. I find that it’s better to make this pie over a couple of days. That’s not from a labor standpoint, but more because that allows each part plenty of time in the refrigerator to set.

After you’ve assembled, refrigerated, and exercised a little patience, you’ll be rewarded with a cool and creamy dessert. Nothing could be more perfect for berry season and warmer days.

Strawberry Icebox Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Strawberry Icebox Pie

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch salt
  • For the filling:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup + 1 & 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • For the whipped cream:
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix all crust ingredients until well-combined. Press firmly onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan.

Bake 10 minutes. Set pan on wire rack to cool.

To make the filling:

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, 1 & 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 tablespoons cream until thoroughly mixed. Mixture should be thick but spreadable. If necessary, add more cream, a teaspoonful at a time, until spreadable.

Spread cream cheese mixture onto bottom of cooled crust. Cover and refrigerate.

Chop about half of the strawberries into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.

Place remaining strawberries in a medium saucepan. Use a fork or potato masher to crush berries. Add 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture comes to a boil.

Remove from heat and stir in remaining chopped strawberries. Cool completely.

Spread cooled strawberry mixture over cream cheese layer in pie pan. Refrigerate.

To make the whipped cream:

To make the whipped cream, place cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla in a chilled mixing bowl. Whip until firm peaks form. Spread over strawberry layer in pie pan. Serve immediately or chill overnight.

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24 Comments

  1. I love the simplicity to this! Lovely recipe!

  2. Joanne April 18, 2013 Reply

    I’ve actually never had an icebox cake to my knowledge! This is definitely perfect now that the weather is getting warmer.

  3. I love the simplicity of this recipe, and I know I would absolutely love it. Beautiful dessert.

  4. Oh yum, your pie looks so delicious!

  5. This is beautiful! I love the layer on the bottom

  6. Lisa Langston April 18, 2013 Reply

    I have got to make this pie! Are you going to post all of your grandmothers strawberry pies?! I would love to see all three and make each one!. Thank you for your beautiful blog and all the work and time you put in it to make it so wonderful for your happy readers!!
    Lisa

    • jennifer April 18, 2013 Reply

      Hi, Lisa! This pie is actually an amalgam of all of her recipes plus a few ideas of my own. So, essentially, you’re getting all of them at once! Thank you so much for your kind words. :-)

  7. Cate @ ChezCateyLou April 18, 2013 Reply

    Icebox pie must mean that summer is around the corner! This is so pretty, thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe!

  8. Tracy {pale yellow} April 18, 2013 Reply

    What a lovely pie. So many sweet, spring flavors in one dish.

  9. Oooh, this looks amazing. The perfect summer pie (which I could really use right now because it’s snowing where I live)!

  10. Rachel April 19, 2013 Reply

    Hello! I can’t wait to try this pie! As a new baker I have to ask a dumb question, the 2 tbsp cream – is that the same as the heavy whipping cream? Thanks in advance!

    • jennifer April 19, 2013 Reply

      Hi, Rachel! Yes, you should use heavy whipping cream. I have updated that in the recipe.

  11. hayley April 19, 2013 Reply

    Its look amazing.. I will definitely try your grandmother recipe

  12. Rachel April 19, 2013 Reply

    Thank you!!! You’re a peach!

  13. Dan from Platter Talk April 19, 2013 Reply

    Incredible appearing and I’m sure just as delicious. This is the first recipe I’m trying with the seasons fresh strawberries! Thank you for the great post!

  14. Mr. & Mrs. P April 19, 2013 Reply

    this is a great way to use ripened berries!!! Looks beautiful and sure looks tasty!

  15. Bunny April 19, 2013 Reply

    It’s perfect, absolutely perfect.

  16. Kate | Food Babbles April 19, 2013 Reply

    This is gorgeous! I love icebox pies. They’re so versatile and practically “no bake.” This one is lovely and I love all those fresh strawberries inside.

  17. Ashley April 22, 2013 Reply

    This looks magnificent! I love a good icebox dessert!

  18. Katie Star April 22, 2013 Reply

    OMG! I havee got to make this, it looks absolutely divine and it’s easy to make. Double bonus! Thank you.

  19. Britton @ green coffee April 24, 2013 Reply

    As I’m baking lover I’m sure going to try this one as this looks so delightful desert.

  20. Since I first saw the picture of that recipe last week, I wanted to try it. And I tried it yesterday, this is delicious. Can’t wait to make an other in order to do better.

  21. Melissa June 8, 2013 Reply

    Sounds wonderful! =)
    I love pies!

  22. Zoe April 13, 2014 Reply

    This looks absolutely divine! Love the thought of the tangy cream cheese to cut through the sweetness of the strawberries! Will definitely be making this summer, thank you :)

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