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This strawberry shortcake dessert recipe is about to become your favorite, because it’s the easiest strawberry shortcake for a crowd you’ll ever make.

This one is perfect for getting you in the springtime mood: Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Lush. It’s got layers of pudding, whipped cream, and strawberries. Just hand me a fork.

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Another way these desserts really are like lush? You can’t stop at just one piece. Literally. They go down easy and don’t take up too much room so you have and other slice. Then another. And another until you’re dumping the pan out in the garbage just so you won’t eat the whole thing.

This strawberry shortcake version of no-bake dessert is one of my favorites yet. Vanilla pudding, whipped topping, Golden Oreos, and strawberries. Lots and lots of fresh berries!

There are SO many names for this dessert. Most commonly, I see it called a No Bake Lush but also a No Bake Layered Dessert, Heavenly Dessert, Dream Dessert, or Strawberry Lasagna. I never ever know what to call it to get it to show up in search…so I usually just throw some names at a wall and hope for the best.

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What’s in Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

All of those desserts have a few things in common:

  1. Some sort of crust.
  2. Some sort of pudding filling (I’ve often seen Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert come up when I’m searching).
  3. Lots of whipped topping.
  4. Lots of fillings, like crushed cookies or fresh berries.

In this dessert, I used Golden Oreos and Strawberries. HEAVEN!

A No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert is the easiest layered lush dessert recipe ever and perfect for summer. It’s a strawberry Oreo dessert filled with pudding and whipped cream!

bowl of fresh strawberries

How to make an easy No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert:

  • The shortcake comes from crushed Golden Oreos. Shortbread would also be amazing. Crush the cookies and line the pan with them.
  • Mix up some instant vanilla pudding. You could use sugar-free if you want, or use lemon or cheesecake flavor. Fold in some whipped topping. Layer that mixture with a pound of fresh strawberries.
  • Then top the whole thing with more whipped topping and more crushed cookies.

Why you should make this recipe

I know some of you are probably all, “Dude, I’m digging out of 12 feet of snow and haven’t seen a fresh strawberry in months.”

Here in California, it’s always strawberry season, which is a good thing. Jordan likes approximately 3 fruits: strawberries, raspberries, and apples. Luckily I can find all three year round.

I don’t know what she’d do if we lived in, say, Nebraska? Or somewhere that doesn’t get good produce year round. She’d probably get scurvy.

Since this recipe has berries in it, that means two things:

1. It’s got fruit. That means you can eat it for breakfast.

2. It’s got fruit. Fruit is healthy so…

Okay. So maybe not those two things. But we can pretend.

shortcake in a clear pan with four sliced strawberries in the center and a piece taken out of the corner

This easy recipe is totally foolproof. Just a few layers and a few ingredients gets you a strawberry shortcake dessert that’s unique and no bake. #win

The hardest part is waiting for it to set. You can see from the photos I didn’t wait long enough. #doasIsaynotasIdo

(Yes, you can use fresh whipped cream. See the recipe notes.)

This dessert is the perfect spring or summer recipe. Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, summer potlucks, a random Tuesday. You pick.

Just bring me a fork.

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Easy No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Lush

No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

5 from 19 votes
A layered lush no-bake dessert filled with cream and strawberries! The perfect dessert for summer…or to get you in the mood for strawberry season!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 /12 recipe


  • 1 3.4 oz/96g box vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 ½ cups (266ml) nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 25 Golden Oreos or another vanilla flavored cookie/graham cracker
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 ounces (510g) Cool Whip Topping (see note about using fresh whipped cream)
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries hulled and sliced and patted dry


  • Whisk pudding, milk, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl. Let it sit while you prepare the crust.
  • Crush the cookies in a large gallon sized ziploc bag using a rolling pin. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cookie crumbs. Place the 2 tablespoons melted butter in the bag and press with your hands to work the butter through the remaining cookie crumbs. Pour crumbs into a 9” square baking dish. The crust won’t be solid, it’ll stay crumbly.
  • Fold 8 ounces of the whipped topping into the pudding. Place half the pudding mixture on top of the crust. Place the strawberries in a single layer over the pudding. Spread remaining pudding mix over the top of the berries. Top with more whipped topping and sprinkle the remaining cookies over the top.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

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Recipe Notes

If using fresh whipped cream you’ll need to whip 2 cups of cold heavy whipping cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. It will only last about 24 hours before it begins to weep.
Store this recipe (as written) in refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1/12 recipe | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 114mg | Sugar: 11g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on January 25, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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