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No Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

This is the perfect no-bake cheesecake recipe that delivers decadent flavors in every bite without the hassle and time of a traditional cheesecake. With a buttery, graham cracker crust, a delicious strawberry puree, and a rich chocolate ganache, this no-bake chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake is sure to wow your guests. 

A slice of no-bake strawberry cheesecake covered in chocolate.

A great cheesecake is the perfect sinful pleasure from the very first bite to the last. But it can take a lot of time and effort to make. So what’s a person to do without cranking up the oven for hours? Make a no-bake cheesecake of course.

This no-bake strawberry cheesecake is the perfect way to end a meal. Or to start one if your sweet buds are difficult to restrain. No judgment here because, well….been there, done that.

It starts with a graham cracker crust that firmly gets pressed into your pan. In goes the beautifully married strawberry puree and cream cheese mixture. Once set, the cheesecake gets covered with a blanket of irresistibly rich, dark chocolate ganache that perfectly balances the sweet, yet tangy base.

Shh, do you hear that? It’s your taste buds begging you for a bite.

A chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake with chocolate covered strawberries on top.

We received a request to make this cheesecake after we posted our drool-worthy no-bake cheesecake with a surprise inside. They’re individually served and make the perfect party dessert. And the surprise? 

Spoiler alert: it’s a yummy, classy, chocolate covered strawberry

You can even use the ganache called for in this recipe to dip and cover your strawberry. We’re all about efficiency here. 

If you’re looking for an incredibly easy dessert that looks and tastes like a recipe passed down from your great-grandmother, look no further. This cheesecake is definitely a winner.

A partially eaten strawberry cheesecake with chocolate on top.

How to make our chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake. 

There are a few things that will help you before you get started with this recipe.  We will give you all the tips and tricks you need to make this recipe successful so make sure to read the post because we just might answer your questions. But be sure to scroll all the way down to the printable recipe card for the final details. 

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Make the crust.
  2. Make the strawberry puree.
  3. Whip up the cheesecake batter.
  4. Fold the strawberry puree into the batter.
  5. Let the cheesecake firm up in the fridge. 
  6. Make the chocolate ganache and pour over the top of the cheesecake. 
  7. Garnish with chocolate-covered strawberries (if desired). 

Get the right supplies:

  • Use a 9-inch springform pan for this recipe. A smaller springform pan will not hold all the batter. 
  • Parchment paper. We highly recommend lining the bottom of the cheesecake with parchment paper. Parchment will help you easily slide the cheesecake off the bottom of the pan. However, since you are not baking this cheesecake then you can get away with using wax paper

Make the crust:

Our graham cracker crust works great for a no-bake cheesecake. The most important tip for the crust is to pack it down firmly.  After you stick it in the fridge it will get crisp. 

Make the Strawberry Puree:

You can use fresh or frozen strawberries here. The important thing is to smash the strawberries as they cook and to simmer them until they thicken up a bit

About the cheesecake batter:

This no-bake strawberry cheesecake gets its structure from gelatin. It is important to let the gelatin bloom or soften before you heat it up to dissolve it. Just let it sit in some cold water for a few minutes. That is the ‘bloom’ stage. Next, when you are ready to add the gelatin to the cheesecake batter, just heat it up until it dissolves and turns liquid. 

Make sure you don’t let the gelatin get too hot when you warm it up. It only takes 15 to 20 seconds to dissolve in the microwave. 

It will take about 6 to 8 hours for the cheesecake to firm up in the fridge after you stir in the gelatin.

The chocolate ganache:

This chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake needs a great chocolate coating. A rich chocolate ganache is the perfect covering. All you have to do is pour hot cream over some chocolate. After the cream melts the chocolate then stir it until it is smooth and creamy. 

A tip for the ganache is to make sure the cream does not boil. 

That’s all there is to an amazing chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake! If you want to use a little bit of the ganache to coat a few strawberries then you will have a great garnish. 

Close up photo of a chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake.


Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate! That’s what this triple chocolate brownie cheesecake is all about! We combined two dessert favorites and created a chocolate lover’s dream. It’s true decadence. 

This chocolate caramel swirl cheesecake sits on a brownie base and the creamy cheesecake is swirled with chocolate fudge and caramel sauce. 

Our chocolate amaretto espresso mousse cake consists of three decadent layers. The base is a fudgy brownie. Next, there is a fluffy amaretto mousse and finally, the top layer is a chocolate espresso mousse. Add this dreamy cake to your weekend plans. 

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A slice of no-bake strawberry cheesecake covered in chocolate.

No Bake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes

A sweet strawberry puree gives this cheesecake a bright pink color. More of the strawberry puree gets swirled into the cheesecake and leaves beautiful red ribbons and a delicious strawberry flavor. When the cheesecake is firm, a rich chocolate ganache covers it like a blanket. This is a delicious spin on a chocolate-covered strawberry.


Graham cracker crust:

  • 14 whole graham crackers (about 2-1/3 cups crumbs)
  • 12 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt

Strawberry puree:

  • 2-1/2 pounds strawberries, leaves removed
  • 1 cup sugar


  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored powdered gelatin (1-1/2 packages)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate ganache

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped


  1. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick spray and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper or wax paper. 

Make the graham cracker crust:

  1. Place the graham crackers in a sealable bag and pound them with a rolling pin until you have fine, even crumbs. Dump the graham cracker crumbs into a mixing bowl and add the butter, sugar, and salt then stir until well combined. (Alternatively, use a food processor to make the crumbs).
  2. Spread the mixture evenly into the bottom of the springform pan and press it down firmly.

Strawberry puree:

  1. Slice the strawberries in half and place them in a saucepan along with 1 cup sugar. 
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook while you smash the strawberries with a fork or potato masher. Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until the strawberries break down and the juices thicken and reduce a bit which will make the strawberry flavor more concentrated.
  3. Set aside to cool (make sure the strawberry puree cools to room temperature). 


  1. Place the cold water in a microwavable bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Give it a stir to combine it and set it aside to soften (or bloom) for 5 minutes. 
  2. Combine the cream cheese and 1 cup sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the heavy cream and beat for 4 or 5 minutes until thick and fluffy. Add the lemon juice, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until well blended. 
  4. Set aside 1/2 cup of the strawberry puree. Fold the rest of the strawberry puree into the batter
  5. Place the softened gelatin in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds, stirring at 5 to 10-second intervals. Heat it until it is completely dissolved and liquid. 
  6. Pour the warm gelatin into the cream cheese mixture and stir it until it is well incorporated. 
  7. Pour half of the cheesecake filling over the prepared crust. Swirl in the reserved strawberry puree then pour the rest of the filling on top.  
  8. Refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours. 

Chocolate ganache to cover the cheesecake

  1. Heat the heavy cream in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop. Only heat it until it gently simmers and don’t let it boil. 
  2. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for a couple of minutes to melt. 
  3. Once the chocolate melts, stir the mixture until it is smooth. 
  4. Pour the chocolate over the cheesecake. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. 
  5. Garnish with additional strawberries if desired. 


  • This recipe works with fresh or frozen strawberries. 
  • In order to get the strawberry sauce reduced to a thick puree, you will need to simmer it for at least 15 to 20 minutes. I used an 11-inch skillet to reduce the sauce. If you use a smaller pan then you will need to simmer it for longer because the sauce will be deeper in a smaller pan.
  • Make sure the strawberry puree cools down to at least room temperature before you add it to the cream cheese mixture. You can place it in the fridge or set it in a bowl of ice to cool it down faster.
  • You can add 1 to 2 drops of red food coloring to the cheesecake mixture if you want a brighter red cheesecake. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 735Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 411mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 3gSugar: 60gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Have you tried freezing this? Does it hold its texture? I am thinking of making these in a silicone mold that I have to freeze the things to get them back out.

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Oh, the strawberries would make a watery mess after you thaw them out. The rest of the cheesecake would freeze fine but the strawberries will not survive the thaw.


Saturday 3rd of July 2021

This recipe needs more gelatin!! I have followed the recipe perfectly two times now and it will not set up! It seems to need three times the amount. But our bowls of strawberry goop do taste very good.

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 4th of July 2021

It does have the right amount of gelatin as long as you use the gelatin correctly. It needs to be hydrated first, then dissolved. When you dissolve it, make sure you don't over-heat the gelatin or it will not work as well.


Monday 17th of May 2021

The taste was delicious... but I went wrong somewhere when it came to the texture. The center was pretty runny. I don’t know if I didn’t cook the preserves down enough (I used frozen strawberries) or if I messed up the gelatin. I will deff try again to get it right

Dahn Boquist

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

It sounds like it may have been an issue with the gelatin. Did you do both steps with the gelatin? Soften it and hydrate it in cold water first (the blooming step) then dissolve/melt it with heat. Make sure you don't heat it up too much though. If gelatin gets too hot then it will lose its gelling power.


Saturday 8th of May 2021

5+ stars!! I've made this three times and it is already a hit! I'm unsure why everyone in the comments experienced issues, I followed the recipe and it turned out amazing

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Thanks for the comment, I'm glad it is a hit.


Saturday 1st of May 2021

Can this be made in any other pan than a springform?

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Yes, but it will be difficult to remove it from the pan. You could serve it straight in the pan or you could try lining the sides of a cake pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Once it is set, invert the cheesecake onto a plate, remove the parchment or foil, then reinvert it onto a serving platter.

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