No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

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.

Hey, guess what? I made another no-bake desserts recipe. Are you surprised? #YouShouldntBe

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.

Easy No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert with layers of pudding and whipped cream, strawberries and crushed cookies. The perfect strawberry recipe for summer!

Things I am currently addicted to:

Scandal. Because…obviously.

Nutella. It’s like eating a melted brownie. #takeawaymyspoon

Kindle Unlimited. I originally thought paying $10 a month for books was ridiculous. But if you read as much as I do, it pays for itself.

Chick-lit Murder Mysteries. I’ve been reading at least one a week through Kindle Unlimited. My most recent favorite: Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott.

And one last thing I’m obsessed with right now? No-bake layered desserts. Mud Pie, Mint, Pumpkin, Lemon…I’ve made a ton of them over the past year. I like to call them lush desserts. Or I like to call myself a lush, because I can’t stop eating them.

Or something.

Easy No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Lush

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.

*cough* That may or may not have actually happened.

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!

bowl of fresh strawberries

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.”

Just pin this strawberry shortcake dessert recipe for strawberry season. You’ll be happy you did.

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.

Easy No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert with layers of pudding and whipped cream, strawberries and crushed cookies. The perfect strawberry recipe for summer!

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 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.

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.

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

And the pan.  I don’t even need a plate to eat this strawberry shortcake dessert. #truestory

Did you make this recipe?

No Bake Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

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!


  • 1 box (3.4 oz) vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 25 Golden Oreos (or another vanilla flavored cookie/graham cracker)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 containers (8 ounces each) Cool Whip Topping (see note about using fresh whipped cream)
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced and patted dry


  1. Whisk pudding, milk, and vanilla in a medium sized bowl. Let it sit while you prepare the crust.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.


If you want to use fresh whipped cream, go ahead! You’ll need at least 2-3 cups of cold heavy whipping cream. Whip it until stiff peaks form then substitute it for the whipped topping. 8 ounces of Cool Whip is approximately 4 cups of whipped cream.

If you want, try using cheesecake or lemon instant pudding. They’d both be delicious in this!

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  1. Waiting for dessert to set is the hardest part. Can’t blame you for forging ahead! It looks irresistible.
    Totally have to check out Kindle unlimited now. Because, you know, I don’t have enough addictions. 🙂

  2. I have a cousin who despises chocolate and always requests something with strawberry for holidays and celebrations. I try to accommodate his demands for a non-chocolate dessert, but sometimes run out of ideas. This looks like the bomb. Strawberry season is in June in Connecticut, but the produce in the grocery is usually sufficient this time of year…especially the strawberries. YUM! I love this. 

  3. No-bake desserts are the best! This one sounds so delicious, Dorothy! Golden oreos are my favorite, so I can only imagine how good this must taste with strawberries! Pinned!

  4. Hooray for more no-bake desserts!

  5. Yum! This looks so delicious and I love the fact that it can be thrown together quickly.

  6. It’s still chilly here, but I’m blowing through the strawberries! They make me think of warm, happy times to come. Love that this is no bake! 

  7. I am obsessed with pudding right now. Never in my life until now. Love this dessert!

  8. Damn! I hate you so much !!!! It’s so tempting! <3

  9. I am totally making this for Easter!  I was wondering about changing up the pudding but you answered that for me.  Now I can’t decide which one to do.  I’m so excited!

  10. This would be perfect to make this weekend while family is in town. I suspect I’ll be doing a whole lot of cooking so a no-bake dessert is just what I need to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. 

  11. Well there goes my new years resolution. 😉

  12. This does look like lush! You are so lucky you can get strawberries all year round, we have about 2 months of local strawberries each yeah but in that time, I eat my weight in strawberries every day! I love how this is no-bake, perfect for spring and summer, pinned! x 

  13. Absolutely yes! I love how easy this is and all the strawberries! Yum!

  14. Haha I am just like you. Chill for four hours? No thanks! Fork please! LOL!

  15. No bake desserts are the best and I love anything with strawberries! The waiting is the hardest part for me too, I’ll take the fork now please 🙂 Yum!

  16. My mom makes a lemon one along these lines and they are sooooo good and I know I would love your strawberry one even more! The luscious-ness is fully captured in your opening shot. That creamy factor…mmmmm!

  17. Tbh I don’t even need a plate, either 🙂

  18. Love those desserts where you can fool yourself into thinking they are healthy because they have fruit in them! I’m also really into no bake desserts lately too!

  19. OOOOH this looks so good!  I love strawberry desserts and being a no bake even better!!

  20. This looks so scrumptious, Dorothy!! Thanks for another fantastic recipe! Pinned 😉

  21. Ha! I recognized this as a “lush” as soon as I saw it!  See?…I have learned since the last one you posted!

  22. I live for desserts like this! 

  23. Yes, please. I bet you didn’t even need to wash the pan…just licked it clean (joking…maybe not). I bet this would be really pretty layered in a wine glass for a fancy dessert.

  24. I LOVEEE all of your lush desserts Dorothy! This strawberry shortcake version is perfect for Easter! I happen to have a whole flat of strawberries in the kitchen so I am thinking I might just need to make a up a batch of this. 

  25. I adore creamy luscious and easy desserts like this with my fave fruit.  This is a must try!

  26. Haha, we don’t have anymore snow but it’s definitely not strawberry season here! We’ve got a few more months to go before that happens. Definitely pinned for later! There’s nothing better than a good, creamy no-bake dessert!

  27. strawberries totally make it count as healthy and breakfast 🙂 and this may be the best lush dessert I have seen!

  28. Strawberries!  Pudding! Cookies!  You’re making me hungry!  That photo says it all – yum!

  29. Sounds delicious. I’m going to use my homemade shortbread for the cookies.

  30. Make all the no-bake desserts you want, because we’re gonna need ’em come summer. Love this sweet, creamy shortcake. Pinned.

  31. That looks delicious Dorothy!  I’m completely envious of your year round good strawberries, as I look outside at the snow!  It was all gone, I can’t believe it’s snowing again.  We can get strawberries all year, but they cost a fortune and don’t taste that great until about May.  I’m always in heaven when I visit my parents in California – such great strawberries there!  

  32. Looks PERFECT! I cannot get over those perfect juicy strawberries 🙂 Pinning! 

  33. First of all, OMG this cake! I love everything in it! Second, are you into murder mysteries too? I’m obsessed with them. I just shared my lasted mystery books I read on my blog. Now I want to read Sleep Tight. 

  34. Jordan has pretty good taste, it’s hard to go wrong with raspberries, apples, and strawberries. I teach my kids to love bananas because if raspberries were all they would eat I would be dirt poor, lol!! We Californians are so spoiled!

  35. Oh my goodness, this just looks like Spring in a dish! Thank you for sharing. Going to make this very soon! 

  36. No bake desserts make me happy! ☺ I listen to audio books because I can listen and work. I wish I could get an unlimited supply for $10/mo!

  37. mmm…no-bake sounds good right about now, but I don’t get to do it often. This is the prefect introduction to Spring.

  38. 1. Scandal. YES.
    2. Lush. What is a “lush” exactly? I keep seeing all your fab recipes for them, but I don’t actually know what the real definition of a “lush” is!

  39. Wooooow I recently entered a school cook off competition and I really would like to present this heavenly creation..

  40. Loved, loved, loved the recipe, it was great! I tweaked it a bit, by putting a box of cream cheese and a can of condense milk into the vanilla pudding mixture. It gave it an exceptional taste. Thanks for sharing!!!

  41. looks awsome

  42. I left the No Bake Strawberry Shortcake in the fridge overnight to set and it is still a little runny this morning. Any tips?

  43. This recipe is wonderful and so easy! Thank you! 🙂

  44. Do you have to heat up the milk so that the vanilla pudding mix can dissolve? Or thicken? 

  45. what size dish is used for the no bake strawberry shortcake. Would love to make this for Mother’s Day this Sunday, yummy.  Thank you

  46. what size dish is used for the no bake strawberry shortcake. Would love to make this for Mother’s Day this Sunday, yummy.  Thank you  Found my answer 9″ square, thanks

  47. I made this for a get-together and it was INHALED! Everyone loved it! I am making a double batch for family this weekend – so dang good!

  48. I’m thinking of using banana cream instead of vanilla. Strawberry banana cream pie sounds really yummy!

  49. Do you have any yummy deserts that use butterscotch pudding?

    • I don’t … yet! (Although I do have a pudding cookie or two I think, under cookies.) But you can swap butterscotch for the flavor in any of the recipes, just be sure to use instant!

  50. I would like the dersert book. Please email me so I can know how to get one thanks .

  51. Do you think it would be OK to add bananas to the strawberry no bake desserts? Also I hope they have the Golden oreos at my grocery store. Small town.

    • I think you totally could, but serve it the same day since bananas tend to go brown and yucky after a day in recipes. And if you can’t find Golden Oreos, use any golden cookie you can find: graham crackers, shortbread cookies, Nilla Wafers, anything!

  52. So much creamy strawberry deliciousness 🙂 Pinning! Love the ease of putting this together 🙂

  53. Love recipes like this, where a change of the cookie or pudding adds another new flavor. I think the berry flavored Oreos would taste delicious in this recipe. If you really love strawberries, switch the pudding mix to instant strawberry creme pudding . This is a basic recipe. Let your imagination flow and create your own by substituting.

  54. The recipe calls for nonfat milk, is that powdered milk or just a skim milk. Also instead of using vanilla flavored Oreos, I have several gallon bags of homemade cookies that fell apart after baking, that I have used as pie crust, some have chocolate chips, m & m’s. pecans, or even oatmeal raisin…I made several cheese cakes with them before and are delicious so am trying them on this also.

  55. A friend makes this dessert, but uses canned pie filling and Dream Whip in place of Cool Whip or whipped cream and fresh fruit. It is delicious!

  56. can you make this a day ahead?

  57. can you make a day ahead?

  58. can I use a graham cracker pie crust?

  59. This sounds delicious!!. Question ? Do you remove the icing from the Oreo cookies? I made similar recipe but left icing on and added butter and yes it is crumbly so I assume leave icing on and crush cookies!

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