No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

No bake strawberry cheesecake parfaits are the perfect individual dessert! This deconstructed cheesecake looks beautiful, is easy to make, and doesn’t require any baking. These layered dessert cups are a great option for all kinds of events, like Mother’s Day, bridal showers, baby showers, brunches, summer parties, and more!

Close up of a stemless martini glass filled with this deconstructed cheesecake with strawberries. The glass sits has a spoon in it and sits on a wooden tray with a white linen and additional glasses filled with strawberry no bake cheesecake.

I’m proud to partner with Taittinger to bring you this delicious dessert recipe to pair with their Brut Réserve Champagne as an idea for Mother’s Day! Taittinger is one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses. They’re known for their high-quality production standards and sustainable practices.

If you love cheesecake, these no bake strawberry cheesecake cups are a must-try! Layers of buttery graham cracker crumble, creamy cheesecake filling, and fresh strawberries marinated in sugar and lemon juice come together to make an exceptional bite. And no baking is required!

No bake cheesecake jars are a great option for summer events! No need to take hours to prep, bake, and cool a cheesecake. Instead, take about 20 minutes to prep and assemble this layered, deconstructed cheesecake! These parfaits are eye-catching, bringing that wow factor.

For those 21+. pairing these delicious strawberry cheesecake cups with Taittinger Brut Réserve is a great way to enhance any celebration or to make dessert time extra special. Brut champagne is known to be very versatile. It’s not too dry and not too sweet. This characteristic makes it a great champagne to serve with a wide variety of foods, including these individual strawberry cheesecake parfaits!

A tray with a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne, no bake cheesecake cups, flowers, and a linen. A person is behind the tray, holding a glass of champagne, and looks to be about to pick up the tray.

TELL ME ABOUT THESE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE CUPS

Level of difficulty: Easy. Mix up your layers, layer them in cups or jars, chill, and serve!

Flavor: Strawberry and cheesecake are the primary flavors, with the graham cracker accenting.

Time: It will take you approximately 20 minutes to prepare no bake cheesecake jars. A one hour chill time is recommended to let them set. However, I’ll admit I often dive right in… so no judgment if you do too! 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Granulated sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Optional: lemon zest
  • Graham crackers 
  • Salted butter
  • Cream cheese (regular, ⅓ less fat, or a combination)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Vanilla extract
Top down view of the ingredients needed to make these no bake cheesecake cups.

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE PARFAITS

  1. Prepare the Strawberry Layer:
    • Wash and cut the strawberries into small, bite-sized pieces (discarding the stems). Place the strawberries into a medium sized mixing bowl and then add the granulated sugar and 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice on top. If using the optional lemon zest, add to the bowl. Stir to combine, and set aside. Let the strawberry layer rest for about 15 minutes to ‘marinate’ and release any juices. 
  2. Prepare the Graham Cracker ‘Crust’ Layer:
    • Place the graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until ground into fine crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can crush the graham crackers with a rolling pin instead.Add melted butter in the food processor and pulse until the graham cracker crumbs are moistened. Set aside.
  3. Prepage the Cheesecake Layer:
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl) beat the cream cheese on high speed until smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Then add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth and combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber scraper as needed throughout the mixing process.
  4. Assemble the Cheesecake Parfaits:
    • Place a spoonful of the graham cracker layer into the bottom of the glass. Next, pipe or spoon a layer of the cheesecake mixture on top of the graham cracker layer. Top that with a layer of the strawberries. Repeat with one more of each layer. 
  5. Chill and Serve:
    • Chill the parfaits for about an hour in the refrigerator prior to serving and enjoy!
Image of three bowls filled with each of the cheesecake cup layers prepped and ready to layer. This includes the cheesecake filling, marinated strawberries, and graham cracker crumble.

WHAT TYPE OF CONTAINER TO USE FOR CHEESECAKE PARFAITS

You can build your cheesecake parfaits in a variety of glasses! Your glass selection can give your parfait a different feel depending on the type of event you’re making them for. A few of my favorite options include:

  • A stemless martini glass (shown in the photos). I like these for a more elegant look. Stemless martini glasses are also my go-to for when I’m hosting because I personally find them the most enjoyable to eat my cheesecake parfait out of.
  • Smaller sized mason jars. Great for summer parties or more casual events! Using a mason jar is also a good idea if you need to travel with your dessert. The lids can help prevent any spills on the way to your event.
  • Short juice glasses or lowball glasses. A great middle ground style and feel wise. A short glass is also something you may already have in your cabinet!

FIND THIS TAITTINGER CHAMPAGNE NEAR YOU

Taittinger’s Brut Réserve is an excellent champagne, suitable for any occasion! Brut Réserve is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes resulting in a champagne that is light, elegant and balanced. Their critically acclaimed champagnes consistently receive outstanding scores (90+) and can be found in a store near you

A line of three stemless martini glasses being filled with the various layers of this deconstructed cheesecake recipe. Two hands are holding a piping bag filled with cheesecake filling and the person has just finished filling the middle glass with the second cheesecake layer.

MODIFICATIONS FOR DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: GF

This no bake strawberry cheesecake parfait recipe is vegetarian and egg free as written. One simple modification can be made to make these strawberry cheesecake cups gluten-free

  • To make this into a gluten-free no bake cheesecake parfait, purchase a gluten-free graham crackers.

EXPERT TIPS

Don’t skip the butter in the graham cracker layer! It may be tempting to save a few calories, but don’t do it! The butter really enhances this layer and the parfait as a whole. Using just graham cracker crumbs creates a dry layer that just isn’t as enjoyable.

Pipe your cheesecake layer for a more even, cleaner look. I’ve found piping the cheesecake layer into the cups or jars allows me to create a nicer layer. I use a larger, circular tip in my piping bag to do this. Don’t have the stuff to pipe? No problem! Gently spoon your cheesecake layer in and lightly tap your glass on the counter or table that you’re assembling on to even out the layer.

For the strawberry lovers: 1.5x or 2x the strawberry layer! I love strawberries a whole heck of a lot, so I often add a very generous layer of the strawberry layer to my strawberry cheesecake cups. If you’re like me, and want lots and lots of strawberries, I’d recommend making more of this layer than outlined in the recipe! 1.5x the recipe amount will give each parfait a generous portion. 2x may allow you to have the wildest strawberry layers ever (no regrets). You do you!

close up of a glass filled with the strawberry cheesecake cups recipe. additional cups are in the foreground and background. there is also a bottle of taittinger champagne and a glass of champagne in frame too.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Food Processor -OR- Rolling Pin

Stand Mixer -OR- Hand Mixer

Mixing Bowls

Measuring Spoons

Measuring Cups

Rubber Scraper

Serving Glasses

Piping Bag and Tip

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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits

No bake strawberry cheesecake parfaits are the perfect individual dessert! These easy layered dessert cups are a great option for all kinds of events, like Mother’s Day, bridal showers, baby showers, brunches, summer parties, and more!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Inactive Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 909 kcal

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Layer

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (optional)

Graham Cracker Layer

  • 1 sleeve graham crackers
  • 1/4 C salted butter

Cheesecake Layer

  • 2, 8 oz blocks cream cheese*
  • 1, 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

Prepare the Strawberry Layer:

  • Wash and cut the strawberries into small, bite-sized pieces (discarding the stems). Place the strawberries into a medium sized mixing bowl and then add the granulated sugar and 2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice on top. If using the optional lemon zest, add to the bowl. Stir to combine, and set aside. Let the strawberry layer rest for about 15 minutes to ‘marinate’ and release any juices.

Prepare the Graham Cracker ‘Crust’ Layer:

  • Place the graham crackers into a food processor and pulse until ground into fine crumbs. If you don’t have a food processor, you can crush the graham crackers with a rolling pin instead.Add melted butter in the food processor and pulse until the graham cracker crumbs are moistened. Set aside.

Prepage the Cheesecake Layer:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl) beat the cream cheese on high speed until smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Then add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth and combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber scraper as needed throughout the mixing process.

Assemble the Cheesecake Parfaits:

  • Place a spoonful of the graham cracker layer into the bottom of the glass. Next, pipe or spoon a layer of the cheesecake mixture on top of the graham cracker layer. Top that with a layer of the strawberries. Repeat with one more of each layer.

Chill and Serve:

  • Chill the parfaits for about an hour in the refrigerator prior to serving and enjoy!

Notes

*Regular cream cheese, 1/3 less fat cream cheese, or a combination may be used for the cheesecake layer in this recipe
 
*Pipe your cheesecake layer for a more even, cleaner look. I’ve found piping the cheesecake layer into the cups or jars allows me to create a nicer layer. I use a larger, circular tip in my piping bag to do this. Alternatively, you can spoon your cheesecake layer into your glasses. Then lightly tap your glass on the counter or table that you’re assembling on to even out the layer.
 
*If you love strawberries, 1.5x or 2x the strawberry layer.

Nutrition

Calories: 909kcalCarbohydrates: 83gProtein: 16gFat: 60gSaturated Fat: 36gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 179mgSodium: 576mgPotassium: 713mgFiber: 2gSugar: 77gVitamin A: 2157IUVitamin C: 76mgCalcium: 415mgIron: 1mg
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