Strawberry No Bake Cheese Cake + More Easter Recipes.

Good morning everyone!!! Easter is right around the corner and sneaked up on me faster than I realized. For some reason I was thinking Easter was at the end of April. I don't know where my mind has been lately. Today I am posting a recipe for a Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake that I served at my Spring Brunch last weekend. This cheesecake was a huge hit and at the end of the morning there was only one slice left. When I was preparing this cheesecake the night before I was thinking, this would be a great dessert for Easter.

It just reminded me so much of spring. I don't know if was the pretty pink color or if it was the strawberries themselves. Since this cheesecake is a no bake recipe it's really a snap to throw together. I also thought that if you played around with the different flavors of jello, I bet you could come up with all different variations of this cheesecake. Maybe peach, lemon, lime or a mixed berry cheesecake. Have you stared planning your Easter menu? If so what are you serving?

I have included some more Easter Menu ideas just in case you are needing a few new ones. I am making the Tres leche cake, crab salad and deviled eggs to take over to our friends house. We are grilling out with lots of goodies to eat and having a egg hunt. The recipe for the no bake cheesecake is at the end of this post.

Easter Tea Cakes, Shortcut Coconut Cake, Tres Leche Cake , Strawberry Soda Pop Cake, Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie , Homemade Spring Oreo Cookies (Pink Filling), Easy Deviled Eggs, Easy Fruit Salad , Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole W/Ham, Fluffy Fruit Dip, Fresh Strawberry Salsa , Dinner Rolls , Easter Cake Balls, Macaroni & Cheese, Easy Crab Salad , Strawberry Koolaid Pie

Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake

6 honey graham crackers (2‑squares each), crushed to fine crumbs
2 Tbsp butter, melted, and mixed with 1 Tbsp honey

1 box - (3 oz) strawberry flavor gelatin
2⁄3 cup boiling water
1 tub - (16 oz) low fat or regular cottage cheese
2 - bricks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
2 - Tbsp sugar
2 - tsp strawberry extract or 1 tsp vanilla extract

1 pt - (about 12 oz) fresh strawberries
2 - Tbsp strawberry jelly, melted
Garnish: mint leaves

Coat an 8 x 3-in. spring form pan with nonstick spray. Mix crumbs with butter mixture until evenly moistened. Press firmly over bottom and 3⁄4 in. up side of prepared pan. Place in freezer. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water in a 1-cup measure. Puree cottage cheese in food processor until creamy. Add gelatin, cream cheese, sugar and extract; process until smooth. Pour into prepared crust; smooth top. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours, or until set. Wash and dry berries; remove stems. Quarter each lengthwise and place in a bowl; add jelly and gently toss to coat. Remove sides of spring form pan; place cheesecake on serving plate. Spoon on berry mixture; sprinkle with mint leaves. Planning Tip: Can be made, without the strawberry topping, up to 3 days ahead. Refrigerate covered. Prepare Topping just before serving. * This recipe can be easily adapted to a low cal recipe by substituting with all low fat or fat free ingredients.

Recipe adapted from Woman's Day

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Jane said…
This "No Bake" recipe sounds like the perfect recipe for us busy moms! Looks delicious! Happy Easter!
Laura said…
Yum Tina! Never made strawberry cheesecake before and this no bake version sounds awesome! If I don't talk to you later in the week hope you have a Happy Easter!
Denise said…
This looks lovely, I haven't decided what to do for dessert for Sunday dinner but this might be something I will try, no baking... gotta love that :)
Heidi said…
Sounds like a great version of a no bake cheesecake. I like the flavor of the no bake better than the baked.
Oklahoma Granny said…
Oh, my word! Definitely going to have to make this one. Strawberries are one of my 2 most favorite foods. (The other is tomatoes.)
This recipe sounds fantastic, Tina! And it's so perfectly pink and pretty.

I made lemonade cupcakes for Connor's b-day yesterday. Oh my! Super easy and delicious. I'll share on Friday...

As for Easter, all I need to make is dessert this year. I think it'll be sugar cookie cake with strawberries, which is a nice change of pace from strawberry shortcake.
Tina Butler said…
Colleen do you have the sugar cookie cake up on your site? that sounds so good.
Unknown said…
Oh, that looks delicious and will make the perfect Easter dinner dessert. Love the color and it looks delicious! I'm new here, great blog!
Here's the link for the Sugar Cookie Cake, Tina:

I'm so glad I discovered it a few summers ago. It's so easy and so good!

JavaMama said…
One word...YUM!! And my pink-obsessed 3 year old daughter will love it!
Unknown said…
That cheesecake looks so pretty and I bet it tastes delicious. Thanks for sharing all of these goodies. Come link up to Crock Pot Wednesday whenever you can. There's a giveaway going on in April.
Unknown said…
Your cheesecake looks pretty and yummy. I don't do a dinner for Easter, but instead make a big brunch. My family loves it. We're having Ham and Egg Casserole, Buttermilk Biscuits and Cinnamon Roll Muffins.
Anonymous said…
Looks delicious!!! Great for Easter! I think I am going to give this one a try.
That looks so puurrrtay!!! I used to eat a crustless and splenda version similar to this when I was low carbing (I know hahaha...)

Hope you have a Happy Easter!
Unknown said…
I love this and I linked in my Friday Favorites this week. Stop by if you like...
MrsFena313 said…
can whipping cream/whipped cream be a sub for the cottage cheese
Pudding Queen said…
It's never too early to get ready for Easter, especially when there are so many cheese cakes to try before then. I am definitely going to try this one this weekend.
momwhats4dinner said…
I love strawberry cheese cake! My recipe is similar to yours, although I do not add cottage cheese to it.
Unknown said…
This is the best cheesecake recipe I have ever tried. I have made it many many times, and people keep falling in love with the rich flavour and firm body of the cheesecake. The cottage cheese just really adds to goodness of it!

I do however mix and match strawberries and raspberries, but that just makes it better. Thank you so much for posting this!

Fun fact: My boyfriend fell in love with me after meeting me for the first time, when I had brought this cake to a party! :)