Picture this: a creamy, luscious concoction that captures the essence of a classic cheesecake, combined with the vibrant sweetness of freshly picked strawberries. If that sounds like a dream come true, then you're in for a treat! Today, we're diving into the delightful world of Strawberry Cheesecake Dip – a decadent yet incredibly easy-to-make dessert that brings the flavors of a beloved dessert to the dip realm. Whether you're hosting a gathering or simply indulging your own sweet cravings, this dip is destined to become a star on your table.
Cheesecake holds a special place in many hearts, but it's not always feasible to whip up a full-sized cake. That's where the brilliance of Strawberry Cheesecake Dip shines. It is a no-bake cheesecake dessert that captures all the rich, velvety goodness of cheesecake, while the addition of fresh strawberries brings a burst of fruity excitement. It's like having a mini cheesecake party, right at your fingertips.
This strawberry cheesecake dip definitely also head nods to our favorite strawberry pretzel salad too. And if you love strawberry desserts, then you will also love the angel food cake with strawberries and cream.
The strawberry cheesecake ingredients are simple pantry staples plus fresh fruit and whipped topping. Here is what you need to make this fruit dip.
- Cream cheese - Regular cream cheese works best for this recipe. Don't worry about the calories!
- powdered sugar - Sweeten this all up with some powdered sugar to give it the sweet goodness.
- Vanilla extract - Real vanilla extract gives this dip even more cheesecake flavor.
- Whipped cream or whipped topping - Cool whip will work for this but so will whipped cream made from heavy cream can also work as well.
- fresh strawberries - Sliced strawberries are the best option. In a pinch, frozen can also be used.
- Dippers - Graham crackers, pretzels, fruit slices, or cookies for dipping
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
Create this cream cheese based fruit dip ahead of time and let it chill before your guests arrive. While this is obviously a dessert recipe, it definitely can also be a sweet appetizer for people to graze on when savory appetizers are out too.
Begin by adding the softened cream cheese and vanilla to a medium-sized mixing bowl and begin by using a hand mixer or a whisk to beat until it's velvety smooth and free of lumps.
Gradually introduce the powdered sugar into the cream cheese, continuing to mix until the sugar is fully incorporated. This step brings the necessary sweetness reminiscent of a classic cheesecake.
Whip the heavy cream until peaks form. Gently fold in the whipped cream or whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. This addition brings an airy, dreamlike texture to the dip, mimicking the lightness of cheesecake filling.
Stir in the diced fresh strawberries. The juicy strawberries provide bursts of sweetness and a delightful contrast to the creamy base.
Serving the Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
Transfer your Strawberry Cheesecake Dip to a serving bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This brief period of patience lets the flavors mingle and intensify.
As the dip chills, gather an array of dippables to pair with your creation. Options abound – from the classic graham crackers and cookies to the healthier fruit slices or even the playful pretzels.
Uncover the chilled dip and place it center stage. Dive in with your chosen dippers, scoop up that creamy strawberry goodness, and savor the explosion of flavors that dance on your taste buds.
Hint: If making ahead of time do not add the strawberries until you are ready to serve. This keeps the dip from getting too watery.
Whether you don't love strawberries or you are looking for a different way to make this fruit dip, here are some ideas to change up the strawberry cheesecake dip.
- Cherry Cheesecake Dip - Add canned cherry pie filling to the top of the cream cheese and whipped cream for a cherry cheesecake dip.
- Blueberry - Use fresh blueberries instead of the strawberries to make this a blueberry cheesecake dip
- Cheesecake Pudding Dip - Make an even fluffier dip by adding a small box of cheesecake pudding and one cup of milk to the existing ingredients.
- Fruit Dip - Leave the strawberries out completely and serve with apple, peach, pineapple, or pear slices.
See this Trifle recipe on my website for the cake, cream cheese, and fruit version of this recipe.
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This dip needs refrigeration. However, once you add the strawberries water will start to juice from them. So, if you want to make this the day before, don't add the cut strawberries until right before serving.
Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to one day before the fruit starts to break down.
Create this dip ahead of time to make serving snacks or desserts easier. Keep the strawberries separate if you plan on making this the day before.
Graham crackers, Nilla Wafer, graham sticks, and even teddy grahams are all good for dipping in strawberry cream cheese dip.
This dip can be frozen. I would recommend freezing it without fruit mixed in because when it thaws it may be watery.
Related No-Bake Dessert Recipes
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More fruit recipes
These are my favorite fruit recipes to serve with all the fresh fruit available in the summer:
Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 1 cup strawberries diced
- 1 cup Dippers - like graham crackers, vanilla cookies, fruit slices, or pretzels.
- Begin by using a hand mixer or a whisk to beat the softened cream cheese and vanilla until it's velvety smooth and free of lumps.
- Gradually introduce the powdered sugar into the cream cheese, continuing to mix until the sugar is fully incorporated. This step brings the necessary sweetness reminiscent of a classic cheesecake.
- Beat the whipping cream until the soft peaks begin to form.
- Gently fold in the whipped cream or whipped topping. This addition brings an airy, dreamlike texture to the dip, mimicking the lightness of cheesecake filling.
- Fold in the diced fresh strawberries. Their juicy, vibrant nature will provide bursts of sweetness and a delightful contrast to the creamy base.
- Serve with dippers like classic graham crackers and vanilla cookies or with healthier fruit slices or even pretzels.