Monday, December 17, 2012

Strawberry Sigh Layered Dessert

I love layered desserts. They always look so pretty. This one is perfect for Christmas time with its bright red strawberry layer.
It is kind-of similar to another of my favorites, our Pineapple Dream Dessert, but different enough that it warrants its' own blog.
I named it "Strawberry Sigh" because you can't help but let out a dreamy *siiiiiiiiiiiiigh* after you taste it. I ate soooooo much of this the other day I thought I was going to explode. It's probably best you don't make this unless you have some guests to share it with. Just warning you.
Strawberry Sigh
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
First Layer
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup icing sugar
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
Second Layer
1 pkg (6 oz) Strawberry Jello mix
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 cups frozen strawberries (chopped)
2 cups whipping cream
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9 x 13 pan lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
Crust - Combine pecans, flour, and melted butter in a medium bowl until well mixed. Press firmly into prepared 9 X 13 pan. (If you have trouble with the crust sticking to your hands as you press it down - keep dipping your fingers in a bowl of water and that should help.)
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
1st Layer - In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and icing sugar. Stir in the 2 cups of Cool Whip. Carefully spread over cooled crust. (It helps to drop it by the spoonful over the crust and then gently spread it together.)
2nd Layer - Whisk together strawberry Jello and boiling water until Jello has dissolved. Stir in frozen, chopped strawberries. Let Jello thicken slightly in fridge and then pour over cream cheese layer.
Topping - Whip cream, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Spread over Jello layer.
Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. (I covered mine and chilled it over overnight as our dinner party wasn't until the next day.)
You can try and just eat a small piece but.....good luck with that.
This is a nice, light dessert to follow a heavy meal. know....for breakfast....
It has strawberries...strawberries are fruit....
You are supposed to eat fruit for breakfast...
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  1. This looks yummy, love the combo of creamy & strawberry!

  2. how long are you supposed to let the jello cool in the fridge before adding it to the dessert???

    1. About 20 - 30 minutes. It will still be quite liquidy. It really just needs to be thoroughly chilled.

  3. great! thank you. i'm going to try this for our hurch social next weekend.

  4. what do you mean by icing sugar?? powdered sugar?

  5. Love this recipe!
    Found you on Pinterest, and now Im a follower! =)

  6. Excuse me, but isn't this strawberry/pretzel salad without the pretzel crust? I like the pretzel crust better! But it is pretty yummy!

  7. Omg! I made this for a family get together and it was gone in minutes! It was awesome!!!

  8. I can't wait to try this! My son loves strawberries, may have found a new favorite. Thanks for posting!

  9. Help! Making this now! The frozen chopped berries: with or without juice? Bless you!

    1. With the juice - you use the berries frozen :)

  10. Posting from South Africa: What is 'Cool Whip', please? Renate

    1. Cool Whip is a non-dairy dessert topping which is similar to whipped cream. (You can just use whipping cream if you don't have Cool Whip)

  11. I want to thank you for this amazing recipe. I made it last summer and my family loved it . I appreciate that it is sweet but not overly so. I will make it again very soon. Marilyn ( Chinaberry Mud

  12. I also use the pretzel crust but this sounds great. I also have used mandarin oranges and orange jello as I have a nephew that doesn't like strawberries.

  13. Use the back of a spoon to press the crust - no trouble at all.

  14. I made this last summer and have been searching for the recipe. I made my first one with fresh peaches! I found it while searching for peach cobbler recipe. AWESOME. But when I made it with the fresh FROZEN STRAWBERRIES, IT WAS EVEN BETTER!

  15. Is there any problem making this in a glass baking dish?

  16. how do I print this? Looks delish!

    1. We don't have a print button yet as it is not offered by our blog host. What you can do though, is copy and paste the recipe into a blank word document. You can then delete what you don't want (like photos, etc...) and print it out. It is a little more work but still works!

    2. You can also highlight the portion you want to print. Press print, then click on "selection", Click print. It will print only that portion you selected.

  17. This looks sooooo delicious!....can't wait to make it for my daughters B-Day party😋