FRESH STRAWBERRY YUM YUM RECIPE

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Love spring and summer’s fresh strawberries? They’re even better enjoyed in this dreamy, creamy Fresh Strawberry Yum Yum! A layer of fresh berries sandwiched between two thick fluffy layers of deliciousness makes for one very tasty dessert, indeed. As an added bonus, this Southern classic is no-bake, too.

  • PREP TIME: 30 M
  • COOK TIME: 5 M
  • TOTAL TIME: 35 M

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 2 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 12 T. unsalted butter, melted

Strawberry Filling:

  • 5 to 6 c. sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 (3 oz.) package strawberry Jell-o

Cream Cheese Mixture:

  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c. confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 c. whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 6 T. granulated sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare the Strawberry Filling:

  1. Place sliced strawberries in a saucepan and sprinkle with dry Jell-o powder; stir gently to evenly coat berries.
  2. Heat over medium-low heat just until Jell-o is dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Prepare the Crust:

  1. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Blend with a fork until crumbs are moistened.
  2. Set aside 3 tablespoons of crumbs to sprinkle on the top.
  3. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch pan that’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Prepare the Cream Cheese Mixture:

  1. With an electric mixer, cream together softened cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip the whipping cream, granulated sugar, and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  3. By hand, mix together whipped cream and cream cheese mixture until well combined.

Assemble the Yum Yum Layers:

  1. Spread a little less than half the cream cheese/whipped cream mixture evenly over the crust.
  2. Gently spoon and spread cooled strawberry filling evenly over the cream cheese layer.
  3. Top strawberry layer with the remaining cream cheese/whipped cream mixture. Gently spread it evenly over the strawberry layer, covering it completely.
  4. Sprinkle the top with the 3 tablespoons reserved graham cracker crumbs.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight before serving.

TRACEY’S NOTES:

  1. 2 (16 oz.) packages of strawberries will yield the about 5 to 6 cups sliced berries needed in this recipe.
  2. Sugar-free strawberry Jell-o works just fine, if you’d prefer.
  3. You can substitute 16 ounces of Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping for the homemade whipped cream in the cream cheese mixture if you’d like.
  4. You can easily halve this recipe and prepare it in an 8×8-inch pan.

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