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This Strawberry Dessert is the easiest strawberry shortcake for a crowd you’ll ever make. It’s got layers of pudding, whipped cream, and strawberries. It’s such a great spring and summer dessert!

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

BEST Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Recipe

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! Desserts like this one have so many different names from No Bake Layered Dessert, to Dream Dessert, lasagna, or lush.

Whatever you want to call it, it truly is one of the best strawberry desserts out there and I know you will love it just as much as I did.

ingredients in strawberry shortcake laid out on a white counter.

What’s in Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

  • Vanilla Instant Pudding: You can use cheesecake flavor if you want too.
  • Milk: Any kind of dairy milk will work.
  • Golden Oreos: Other vanilla flavored cookies/graham crackers will work great too!
  • Cool Whip Topping: If you want to make your own whipped cream to substitute this–you can!
  • Strawberries: Fresh strawberries and the best and tastiest in this recipe!

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

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 in a large bowl. 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.
strawberry shortcake in a clear pan with sliced strawberries and crushed golden Oreos on top.

Expert Tips

  • This is best within 24 hours – the strawberries will weep after awhile in the refrigerator.
  • If you prefer, make fresh whipped cream or whipped cream frosting with cream cheese!


How do you store this recipe?

You can store it in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

strawberry shortcake in a clear pan with sliced strawberries and crushed golden Oreos on top.

No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Recipe

5 from 28 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
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  • 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 March 19, 2024

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Hi. I was wondering if I could make this the night before. I have made no bake chocolate eclair and it actually tastes better if I make it the day before. Was wondering if that would be the case for this recipe, or if it would be best to make it the day of.