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Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

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This Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie is a delightful dessert that combines creamy, tangy cream cheese with sweet, fresh strawberries in a flaky pie crust. It’s a perfect treat for any occasion, whether it’s a family dinner or a special celebration.

Why Make This Recipe

This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the combination of creamy and fruity flavors. The creamy cream cheese layer perfectly complements the fresh strawberries, while the flaky pie crust adds a delicious crunch to every bite. Plus, it’s easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser!

How to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust or homemade if preferred

Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 12 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Strawberry Layer:

  • 1 lb. strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 3 oz package strawberry Jell-O
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup hot water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Press pie crust into a 9” pie plate. Crimp the edges as desired.
  2. Press holes in the bottom and along the sides of the crust. If desired, place a piece of parchment paper over the pie crust and fill with pie weights or dry beans. This will help the crust from shrinking.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are golden brown, then remove the pie weights and place back into the oven for an additional 4-5 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. Set on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

Cream Cheese Layer:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined and smooth.
  3. Add the heavy cream and mix on low until incorporated, then increase speed to high for about 1 minute until thick and fluffy.

Strawberry Topping:

  1. In a large glass measuring cup, add the hot water and sprinkle the Jell-O over top and whisk until the powder dissolves. Add in the remaining cold water and whisk.

Assembly:

  1. Spread cream cheese filling into the bottom of the cooled pie crust.
  2. Top the cream cheese filling with the sliced strawberries, then carefully pour the Jell-O mixture over the strawberries to fill the crust.
  3. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until completely set. Top with whipped cream and fresh berries if desired and serve!

How to Serve Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Serve chilled, topped with whipped cream and fresh berries if desired.

How to Store Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

Store any leftover pie covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Tips to Make Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

  • Make sure the cream cheese is at room temperature before mixing to ensure a smooth and creamy filling.
  • Be sure to cool the pie crust completely before adding the cream cheese filling to prevent it from becoming soggy.
  • For an extra-special touch, garnish the pie with fresh mint leaves before serving.

Variation

You can substitute the strawberries with your favorite fruit such as raspberries or blueberries for a delicious twist on this classic recipe.

FAQs

1. Can I use a graham cracker crust instead of a traditional pie crust?

Yes, you can substitute a graham cracker crust if you prefer. Simply follow the instructions for pre-baking the crust before adding the cream cheese filling.

2. Can I make this pie ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this pie ahead of time. Simply prepare and assemble the pie as directed, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3. Can I use frozen strawberries instead of fresh?

While fresh strawberries are best for this recipe, you can use frozen strawberries if they are not in season. Just be sure to thaw and drain them well before using.

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