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No Bake Strawberry Lush Dessert

Strawberry lush is an easy no bake dessert recipe with layers of vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, fresh strawberries, and a cream cheese Dream Whip filling.
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Course: No Bake Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Equipment

  • IMUSA USA Hand Mixer with Case 5-Speed
  • Premium Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls Set of 3
  • Krokori Rectangular Bakeware Set Ceramic Baking Pan 13 x 9 Inches

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope Dream Whip*
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 - 3.4 ounce boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 45 vanilla wafers whole
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries washed, hulled, and sliced
  • 1 cup vanilla wafer crumbs*
  • 1 cup strawberries washed, hulled, and chunked

Instructions

  • Be sure to set out your cream cheese ahead of time, so it can soften. Then wash the strawberries, hull them, and prepare them, so they're ready to go.
  • To make the Dream Whip filling, add the Dream Whip, milk, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk them together, according to package directions, 'til the mixture begins to form soft peaks. It'll take about 4 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the cream cheese well.
  • Then add both the cream cheese and the powdered sugar to the Dream Whip mixture, and whisk for about 3 to 5 minutes, or 'til smooth and creamy.
  • To mix up the vanilla pudding, add both pudding mixes and the milk to a clean mixing bowl.
  • Whisk them together for about 2 minutes, and let sit for 3 to 5 more minutes. The pudding will thicken up more as it sits.
  • Layer vanilla wafers on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread the vanilla pudding over the vanilla wafers.
  • Add a layer of sliced strawberries on top of the pudding.
  • Then add a final layer of Dream Whip on top of the strawberries.
  • Cover and refrigerate your strawberry shortcake lush for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • When you're ready to serve the dessert, sprinkle chunked strawberries and cookie crumbs all over the top of the Dream Whip cream cheese layer.
  • Then just scoop and serve! You can even add a dollop of whipped topping.
  • Be sure to store this in the fridge if not serving right away. Keep any leftovers in the fridge, as well.

Notes

*Or you can use your favorite whipped cream without the added milk and vanilla extract, since there's no need to mix up the Dream Whip. I've had readers use Cool Whip and homemade whipped cream, as well.
*While you can use a food processor, I usually crush the vanilla wafers by putting a few in a gallon bag, then crush them into both small pieces and fine crumbs with a rolling pin.
CAN I MAKE THIS GLUTEN-FREE?
Yes, you can. In fact, I did by using gluten-free vanilla wafers. Be sure to check all of your other ingredient labels, including the instant pudding, just to be sure nothing has gluten.
CAN I FREEZE STRAWBERRY LUSH?
Yes, you can freeze it. Just be sure it’s in a sealed container or covered really well so it doesn’t get freezer burnt. It should last up to 6 months in the freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 334mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g
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