Happy Chinese Lunar New Year, everyone! I wanted to make something special in honor of the holiday, but I haven’t had much time to cook lately. If I get a chance, I might put together a post featuring some of my favorite Asian recipes. But not today.
Today I want to talk to you about pie. Specifically, a luscious, creamy pie loaded with strawberries, drizzled with chocolate, on a sweet graham cracker crust. A pie that’s so rich, so decadent, yet somehow so light that every bite just melts in your mouth. Mmmmmm.
Now, I know I tend to get really gushy and poetic every time I talk about desserts, but trust me when I say that this is a really good pie. If you like peaches & cream, strawberries & cream, or any other fruit & cream combo, you’ll love this. And once you take the first bite you’ll find that you can’t put your fork down until every last crumb is gone.
It’s scary how easy this is to eat, but it’s OK because if you think about it a certain way, this pie is actually sort of healthy. ‘Cuz…um…there’s fruit…there’s dairy…uhhh…graham crackers are a healthy snack, and…I hear chocolate is good for your heart. So there you go! Every slice you eat is an investment towards your overall health! Just don’t eat the whole pie in one siting. Trust me, you’ll be tempted to.
Coincidentally, the last time I made this pie was two years ago, for a dinner party celebrating both Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day. The fact that I unconsciously decided to make strawberries & cream pie again this year, on the same holiday, is very fitting and kind of cool in a trippy sort of way, don’t you think?
Happy Year of the Water Dragon, everyone! May your year be full of good fortune and prosperity.
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(Psst…check out my latest individual-serving version of this pie)
- 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (About 9 full/long crackers -- just throw them in a gallon bag, zip, and crush with a rolling pin.)
- 5 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 8oz blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups heavy cream + 1 tbsp
- ⅔ cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 carton strawberries, sliced into thirds or halves
- ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375.
- In a small bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter until a crumbly, moist mixture forms.
- Gently but firmly press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom/sides of a pie dish.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely. (This is the only baking that you need to do for this recipe, so don't forget to turn the oven off!)
- In a medium bowl, use an electric mixture to beat your cream until it holds firm peaks. Set aside.
- In a separate, larger bowl, mix cream cheese, vanilla, and sugar until smooth and creamy.
- Fold about ⅓ of the whipped cream into your cream cheese mixture to lighten it, then add the rest. Gently fold until evenly incorporated and smooth.
- Spoon filling into your cooled pie crust, and spread it out in an even layer.
- Layer sliced strawberries in an overlapping rows around the top of the cream.
- Melt chocolate + 1 tbsp cream, and stir until smooth and liquid. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the strawberries.
- Stick the pie in the fridge for a few hours to allow the creamy filling to firm up.
- Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy! (FYI, strawberries go fast, so this won't keep very long. Try to eat everything within 3-5 days.)
(Adapted from Crumbly Cookie’s recipe)
I do like peaches and cream or strawberries and cream I mean, who doesn’t? it’s the best and this pied looks so fluffy and I love all your desserts!
Thank you 🙂
joan hagle says
So if I want to only use half the ingredients like original recipe, do I halve the sugar to 1/3 cup?
Joan Troutman says
Could you use Cool Whip instead of whipped cream?
Definitely! I’ve made it with Cool Whip before, and it tastes pretty much the same. Just remember when you’re substituting that 1 cup heavy cream makes about 2 cups whipped cream. Hope this helps!
THE most amazing dessert. All the gals (& Guys)in our crowd couldn’t get enough.
This will be my Valentine day pie! Hubby loves strawberries.
Awesome, I hope he likes it!
Russell at Chasing Delicious says
Mmm. This looks soo good. I love cream pies like this!
Thanks! Me too — I think it’s because they’re less guilt-inducing than cheesecake, but just as delicious.
I made this tonight and it was INSANE I used a pre made pie crust and had a ton of extra filling so I made some red velvet cake mix and made sort of red velvet whoopee pies with the extra filling. Big hit. Loves it! <3
I’m so glad you liked it! Red velvet whoopie pies = genius idea for using up the extra filling. I’m definitely going to have to try that!
Congratulations on the move; i have been thinking about it bit still too chicken; that pie looks wonderful.
Javelin Warrior says
This pie looks awesome! I feel compelled to feature you in my Friday Food Fetish roundup and on Pinterest. Let me know if you have any objections and keep the amazing food coming…
Thank you! No objections, of course — I’m way too flattered 😉
Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious says
This looks so simple and decadent. I can’t wait to try it.
And it’s always an added bonus when you only have to bake the crust!
Definitely! Less baking time usually means you get to eat the treat sooner, which is always a good thing.
Strawberries are on sale this week so I can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m lazy though, so I’m planning to use pre-made graham cracker pie crusts. That’s what I do with my cheesecakes and it works just fine!
Great idea! Pre-made pie crusts are just as delicious, and you can enjoy your pie much faster if you’re not grinding up your own graham crackers 🙂 FYI, if you’re using store-bought graham cracker crusts, you might want to consider halving the cream filling recipe. Those crusts tend to be much more shallow than crusts that come out of regular pie dishes. Although, if you do make the full recipe, you’ll have plenty of yummy cream filling to put on other stuff. Win-win!
Halve the recipe!? I think not. 🙂 I bought 2 pie crusts!
I like your style!
Ok, so FWI! The recipe fills two store bought graham cracker pie crusts perfectly!
I would have doubled the recipe too! Looks wonderful and so luscious!
Yeah, doubling the creamy filling was a great decision — that’s double the deliciousness!
I wonder how long this will keep in the refrigerator? Do you think this is okay to make a day ahead? I am thinking of making this very soon, but could maybe save some time by making it a day before. Thanks!
Oh yeah, you can definitely make this a day before you serve. It’s best fresh though so try not to keep it in the fridge longer than a week or the berries will get a little soggy. Good luck! Hope you like it 🙂
Philip Clark says
Tasty idea, and I wonder if it would work with a pastry shell instead of graham? I will probably be able to let all know soon, as my 11 y.o. loves him some strawberries!
I bet a pastry shell would work great! I mainly went with a graham cracker crust because I had cheesecake on the brain, and the crust is always my fav part (I eat all my slices backwards!). Let me know how the pastry shell version works out for you though — hope your son likes it!
This looks DELICIOUS!!! Definitely on my I NEED TO MAKE list when strawberries are in season 🙂
Thank you! I’m definitely going to have to make this again myself when strawberries come back in season.
I don’t think that’s toooo trippy, especially since this pie looks AMAZING! It only makes sense that you’d make it again for a special occasion.
I think you’re right! I was probably subconsciously just dying for an excuse to make this pie again 🙂
This looks delicious and SO easy to make! I can’t wait to make it for Easter. BTW, your blog name is so perfect! It’s exactly what I would have called a food blog if I’d ever started one! Way to be 🙂
Thanks! Let me know how it turns out for you. And, you should start a food blog – it’s never too late to start one! 😉
Seriously DELICIOUS! And so easy! Leftovers kept in the fridge beautifully for almost 3 days.
Awesome! I’m so glad you liked it 🙂
Jami J says
I just made this and linked my readers to this post. My little guy and I tried some of the filling and absolutely love it! I’m sure the final product with be just as scrumptious as the taste test 😀 Thanks so much for sharing!
Thanks for reading! I’m glad the filling was a hit with your family — you’re right, it would be fantastic by itself as a fruit dip. Hell, I’d just eat it with a spoon like your little guy if I could get away with it!
Has anyone used cool whip instead of whipping cream?
I’ve never tried using cool whip, but it’s basically the same thing. Just remember that 1 cup of liquid cream = 2 cups whipped cream.
Rachel Booth says
Found your blog via Pinterest. I made this pie for my hubby and I for our anniversary and we LOVED it. Am already planning on making it again this weekend for some out of town guests. Going to be a family favorite for years! So delicious!!
I’m so glad you liked it!!! It’s definitely a dessert that is perfect for all occasions 🙂
I found this via Pinterest, and boy, I am ever happy I did!! This pie is sinfully amazing! I made it last week for a couple of girlfriends, and every one raved about it! I’m so happy I found your blog, and thank you for sharing this pie!! Definitely one of my all-time faves!!!
That’s awesome! I’m so happy the pie was such a hit for you and your friends 😀
Just want to verify that the sugar is 2/3s of a cup, right? Your recipe doesn’t say ‘cup’ so I’m just checking. It looks delish and I’ll be making it soon!
Oops, sorry about that. Yes, 2/3 cups sugar. Hope you like the pie!
Crystal Christie says
This was so delicious, best pie ever! I’m always asked to make this one now,and its always a hit 🙂
That’s awesome! 😀
I’ve had this recipe saved for several months and finally made it for Easter. I cheated a little and used 8 oz whipped cream cheese + 8 oz lite Cool Whip because my store was out of heavy cream and I never can get it to set anyway. But the pie was excellent– my family ate it up and many asked for the recipe. I stirred some chopped strawberries and chocolate chips right into the filling in addition to the sliced berries and chocolate glaze on top. Thanks for the recipe. I have a feeling I’ll make it again soon!
Mmm, stirring berries and chocolate chips into the filling sounds like a great idea! I’ll have to try that next time.
I do this in a 13×9 pan, using the graham cracker crust recipe on the box (doubled). Instead of the strawberries, I use blueberry pie filling, and I freeze it.
Mmm that sounds delicious! I love blueberry pie.
Susan Paulson says
Just made this as written. Looks so good – bringing it to family this afternoon. I may try it next time with oreo cookie crust.
Awesome, hope your family likes it! I think an Oreo cookie crust would be delicious with the strawberries & cream.
Kate S. says
I wish I’d seen this a week ago! I had my heart set on a Strawberries and Cream Pie and didn’t have much luck finding a decent recipe on the web or in my cookbooks. I settled for a Paula Dean recipe with a creamy custard base that never set up properly–but this! Now this looks like the pie of my dreams. I’ll have to try it soon.
Well, there’s no time like the present to make one more Strawberries and Cream pie 😉 Get on it! You won’t regret it, I promise.
Marie Bindrup says
We love this recipe in our family. I like yours better since it doesn’t use cool whip (sans hydrogenated oil). We also love ours with blueberries. Thanks!
Thank YOU 🙂 I’ve been meaning to do a blueberry version of this pie, so I’m glad to hear that it’s delicious!
Very tasty cake. I love strawberries
Thank you! I love strawberries too, as you can see 🙂
Kelly Larabie says
What topping would you put on it if you used peaches? We just picked a ton of fresh peaches and this pie sounds perfect for some!
Oh man, fresh peaches would be so great with this! If I were using peaches I would probably just eat it plain w/o a topping, or do a light sprinkling of almond slivers and crunchy streusel-like bits.
I made this for a Fourth of July BBQ and wow, it was such a big hit! NO leftovers, that’s for sure. I will be making this again tonight for my co-workers. Keep the recipes coming!
I’m glad! Thank you for reading 🙂 I’m actually thinking of making another version of this soon.
How Yumm made for my girls morning tea what a hit last for 3 -5 days you are kidding gone gone gone in one sitting
Debbie Mullins says
Doesn’t the graham cracker crust have some sugar in the recipe? Can’t wait to make this!
You can add sugar, yeah, but I personally find that the graham crackers themselves are sweet enough that you don’t need it 🙂
Sophie Miller says
Hey I made this pie and it all worked out really well except for the chocolate on the top of the strawberries , it went on well and then I put it in the fridge and when I went back to it all the chocolate had melted down , it’s like there was too much moisture in the strawberries so the choc couldn’t set? Anyone else find this or am I just doing something completely wrong? advice please 🙂
Hmm, unfortunately I’m not really sure what went wrong with the chocolate! Sometimes when I make chocolate dipped strawberries and I put too much cream in my chocolate, I find that it doesn’t hold onto the berries as well, especially if the berries are still damp. That could be the problem here. I know some people have just melted chocolate by itself in the microwave and drizzled that on with no problems. Give that a try? Hope it was delicious anyway!
Totally novice cook here, and I made this tonight and OH MA GAWD it was super glorious! Everything worked out perfectly. Used the pre made crusts and it filled two of those!!! One for a work party and one for me to eat alone and ashamed! Haha! Thanks!
There is no shame in eating an entire pie by yourself! God knows I’ve done it…more than once…So glad the recipe turned out well for you though! Come back again for more recipes in the future 🙂
Made this for a group dinner tonight. It was wonderful! I used a little less sugar in the filling because I do not like things too sweet. But other than that I followed the recipe and it was a huge hit.
Wonderful! So glad you liked the recipe.
I just made this last night.I don’t have a deep pie pan so I made one with a store bought crust and another with the homemade crust.they both came out beautifully,though the homemade crust makes it look more homemade and nice looking.I didn’t do the chocolate on top because I really messed up with melting the chips. Next time I am going to buy a bar of ghirardelli chocolate or some other high end bar and melt that because I’ve done that before with great results. this is my new favorite dessert,it tastes fabulous,I posted a picture to facebook and everyone wants a slice 🙂
What size of pie pan did you use?
I used a deep-dish, 9-inch pie pan.
gayle Broad says
I can’t find Graham crackers here,is there a substitute please.We have sweet biscuits like Nice, Granita, brandy snaps,milk arrowroot etc ? Thank you
I think pretty much any kind of crunchy cookie can be used as a substitute. I’m not familiar with the items you suggested, but if they are sweet, crunchy cookies, I think you can process them into crumbs that would be used to make the pie crust. Hope that helps!
This is the BEST. EVER. Thank you so much for this recipe! I make it every year for my dad’s birthday, and at least 1 time during the summer 🙂
Awesome! I hope your dad likes it too 🙂
I just made this pie! It was delicious! Good call on doubling the recipe!
Thanks! So glad you liked the recipe – your pictures look awesome 🙂
Not able to print this from the “print this” selection, but it’s ok, i’ll get it anyway, just letting u know for other ppl who aren’t so computer savvy:)
Thanks! I think I just fixed the problem. Let me know if you’re still having problems printing posts!
Ericka Ledesma says
This is excellent. Stored extra filling to use for dipping strawberries. I added chopped pecans ontop of mine. My 1 and 2 year old boys think this is the greatest.
Yum, I bet pecans are awesome in this pie!
Hello, I’m not an experienced cook, so what does it mean to mix the heavy cream until it peaks? I mixed for a while but it never looked all that different. I had way too much heavy cream( it was very soupy) for my cream cheese mixture and I had to pour some out. The pie still turned out great but I think I’m missing something on the whipping cream. It is the heavy cream in the carton, right?
Yup, the heavy cream in the carton is exactly right. When making homemade whipped cream, you have to beat/mix your heavy cream vigorously and quickly until the mixture goes from liquid to thick cream. Usually, I use an electric mixer b/c my arm gets too tired when I try to whip by hand. Your whipped cream is ready if the mixture is thick enough that when you lift your beaters out of the mixture, the cream pulls upward and you get little peaks/mountains in your cream. It sounds like you didn’t whip your cream enough if it was still soupy when you tried to mix it into your cream cheese. You should have had really thick whipped cream, like Cool-Whip. Actually, if you want to try making this again and saving yourself some time, you can just substitute Cool-Whip for homemade whipped cream. It’ll taste just as good! Hope this helps.
This is a wonderful recipe that is easy and quick. I prepared exactly as the recipe appears. I think this is a nes family favorite!
Which kind of brand of heavy cream would you recomend to me? I’m from México and i don’t really know which one i can use.
I think you can pretty much use any brand, but my local store usually carries Hood or Lucerne. Hope that helps!
Just made this pie and licked the bowl clean! Can’t wait for a slice (or 3). Thank you for a recipe that is exactly spot on and that actually is as easy as it is described. So many Pinterest recipes disappoint and don’t come out at all as described, but this one delivers.
Thanks! So glad you liked the recipe — it’s definitely been a hit with us 🙂
This is such a great recipe and your presentation is just superb.
Thank you! I hope you keep reading the blog 🙂
I made two of these and brought one for uou Mother’s Day celebration! It was a success!
I am so glad I kept the second one at home….
I didn’t find heavy cream can I use whipping cream
Sure, that should be fine. Alternatively if you want to save yourself some time, Cool Whip would work too!
So would I just make it the same way
With regular whipping cream? Yup. And if you’re using Cool Whip, remember that 1 cup of liquid cream = 2 cups whipped cream.
Do you think bananas would work?
Absolutely! The pie is super creamy though, so tart/sweet berries are a really good compliment to cut some of the richness.
Willie Goodwin says
this looks so good gotta try it
I am going to make this on Thursday AM ……..with blueberries added…..it will be my contribution for July 4th festivities!
Yum, sounds delicious! Let me know how it turns out for you 🙂
I used the 9 oz Keebler crust and it held all of the filling. Can’t wait to taste it this evening! (ok, ok, I tasted the filling when I was making it – delish!)
Haha, hope you like it 😀
Do you think I could make this ahead of time and freeze t?
Definitely! Maybe not too far ahead of time though? Not sure what being in the freezer longer than a week would do to the strawberries.
I am making this for company this weekend, looks delicious!
Awesome! Hope you like it 🙂
I have been making this pie for my holiday get-togethers and parties for the last 2 years! Its a huge hit and there are never any left overs (which im always bummed about, lol) thank you for this fabulous recipe, going on the books as my favorite pie if all time!!
Yayyyy I’m so glad you like the recipe! I may have to whip up another batch myself this week…It’s hard to go wrong with strawberries & cream!
could I use this recipe for a 13×9 pan
I think you could, but you’d probably need to adjust the ingredients – for example, you’ll probably need to make more crust than a pie dish would require.
what size pie pan?????
Mine was 9 inch, but you should feel free to use whatever size you want depending on how big you want your pie to be. Hope that helps!
I will use vanilla wafers fit the crust, like I do when I make cheesecakes. It makes for a much milder tasting crust that doesn’t overpower the tastes in the pie.
Yum, I’ll have to try that!
Made this today and everyone loved it! Will definitely be making this more often.
Thank you for this recipe. I’m making it tonight for pi day tomorrow and I was wondering if I could put some mashed up strawberries in the filling itself? Just to make sure the strawberry is throughout the pie. 😀
You definitely could! But if you use too much puree/mash the filling will get runny and not solidify as much after chilling – it’ll still be delicious, just more liquid. One other thing you can try is puree some freeze dried strawberries (Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods sells them) into a powder and mix THAT into your filling. I did that recently for my Strawberries and Cream Pie Cups, and it was delicious! Hope this helps 🙂
Lisa Fear says
I wanted to tell you what a hit this recipe is in my house, I have made it many times now……it’s the first dessert to be requested by my family. Even my brother who claims to not like dessert has put his request in. This is high praise, trust me! Thanks for pinning this awesome recipe!
Thank YOU for trying the recipe! I’m so glad you and your family liked it so much 😀 I might have to make one for myself again soon….
Hey do you think it would be nasty with a regular pie crust? Just wondering since you have made it many times?
Not at all! The original recipe actually did call for regular pie crust, so the first time I made it that’s what I used. Definitely tasty, but I think the graham cracker crust is tastier 🙂