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A No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie with a pretzel crust is the perfect easy pie recipe! This is like eating a strawberry pretzel salad but in pie form – with a thick sweet cream cheese layer and no jello!

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No Bake Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

This pie has it all: salty pretzels, creamy sweet cheesecake, and yummy strawberries. It’s an twist on a classic cream cheese pie! There are three amazing layers to this pie: pretzel crust, cheesecake with cool whip, and strawberry pie filling. You could also top this with fresh berries!

Why you’ll love this recipe

It’s easy – plus there’s no jello in this pie recipe! You can use your favorite crust, store bought or homemade, and use fresh berries or pie filling.

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Ingredients Needed

  • Pretzels – I love the addition of a salty pretzel crust! Twists or rods will work.
  • Sugar – To sweeten the crust and the pie.
  • Melted Butter – We use this to bind the crust. I used Challenge butter. Remember how I said my dad won’t eat any other kind? Still true.
  • Cream Cheese – for the cheesecake filling – make sure your cream cheese is softened
  • Cool Whip – whipped topping helps the filling come together fast!
  • Vanilla – for flavor, always use pure vanilla extract.
  • Strawberry Pie Filling or fresh strawberries for the topping
bowl of pretzel crumbs, butter and sugar

How to make Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

  • Let’s talk about PRETZEL CRUST! I crushed my pretzels in a food processor, but you can also use a rolling pin. The finer they are, the easier the crust sticks together. Stir together the crust ingredients and press into a 9-inch pie plate.
  • Once the crust is done, we fill the pie! Beat cream cheese with sugar and a teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth. I used granulated sugar but you could use powdered sugar if you prefer.
  • Fold in the whipped topping until smooth. Then place the cream cheese mixture in the pie crust.
  • Spread your strawberry pie filling on top of your cream cheese layer and chill to set.

Recipe Swap

cream cheese pie with strawberry pie filling on top and pretzels around the pie

Serving Suggestions

Serve with homemade whipped cream on top – get my whipped cream recipe!


How to store cream cheese pie?

Store this pie in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze strawberry cream cheese pie?

I don’t recommend freezing this pie. You can, without the topping, but the crust might get soggy.

Can whipped cream cheese be used in place of regular?

I don’t recommend whipped cream cheese. It might not set up correctly. Be sure to use block full fat cream cheese.

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Slice of strawberry pretzel salad pie on white plate with full pie in the background

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

5 from 2 votes
This No-Bake Strawberry Pretzel Salad Pie turns the popular Jell-O salad recipe into a pie! No bake cheesecake, pretzel crust, and strawberry topping!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


For the Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups (150g) finely crushed pretzels (about 3 cups pretzel twists)
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted Challenge Butter , melted

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces (226g) whipped topping
  • 1 20 ounce can Strawberry Pie Filling or use fresh strawberries


  • Make the crust: stir finely crushed pretzels and sugar with melted butter. Press into a 9” pie plate. Chill until ready to fill.
  • Make the filling: Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Whisk or fold in whipped topping until no lumps remain. Spread in prepared crust.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • When ready to serve: top with strawberry pie filling or chopped strawberries.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure your pretzels are finely crushed so they stick together – the larger the pieces the harder it is to get them to form a crust and it will be more crumbly.
  • Skip the pie filling and top this with fresh berries if you prefer.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 617IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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This post was sponsored by Challenge Butter in 2016. Post has been updated.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie is a no bake cheesecake with a pretzel crust – or use graham cracker crust – and a strawberry pie filling on top! The perfect easy pie recipe.

Last Updated on February 2, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 106 degrees this week. SAY WHAT? I’ll take all the no-bake desserts I can get. Love this! 

  2. This PIE! Seriously such a fun idea….I’ll take pie salad any day! 😉

  3. Yum! I’ll take this salad, salad/pie, salad/dip anyway I can get it. My eldest son is anti-jello as well, but like cottage cheese. He might just buy into this one! lol

  4. Yum. This takes me back! There was always a strawberry pretzel salad at every get together back in the day. And this is definitely a salad to me. In Minnesota if it’s cream cheese or mayo based, it’s called a salad. ?

  5. It’s been so humid lately that I haven’t wanted to turn on my oven. This no-bake strawberry pretzel salad looks like the perfect solution to my dessert cravings!

  6. Mmm this is such a great idea, Dorothy! Pretzel salads are such a hit, that this pie just kicks it up about 100 notches. This looks perfect to serve at all of those barbecues and get-togethers!

  7. Dorothy – This pie looks to die for! I can’t say that I’ve ever had strawberry salad, but I need to try it now. This flavor combination is all I want on a hot summer day. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. 

  8. Salad pie? Oh so much better than just the filling itself because there’s CRUST. Pretzel crust, no less! Wowie.
    I’m sad because I can’t find Challenge cream cheese on this coast, and I’d love nothing more than to not have to wait for my cream cheese to soften before baking. Argh! Will keep looking!