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Strawberries and Cream Lush

Strawberries and Cream Lush

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 30 MINUTES
  • Yield: 12 1x


Indulge, in an adventure as you savor our Strawberries and Cream Lush recipe, where the perfect blend of flavors and textures creates a dessert masterpiece. This delectable treat showcases a combination of chopped mixed nuts and Nilla Wafer cookies resulting in a crunchy crust that sets the stage for layers of pure decadence. The smooth cream cheese and Cool Whip come together in flawless harmony to create an oasis providing the backdrop for the star of this show; fresh juicy strawberries. Every spoonful will take your taste buds on a journey through a symphony of flavors that dance upon your palate—a testament, to the enchantment that occurs when contrasting elements unite in sweet harmony.



1 cup finely chopped mixed nuts

1 cup finely chopped Nilla Wafer cookies

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

1 cup Confectioners Sugar

8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 large tub Cool Whip Whipped Topping

2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding mix

3 cups whole milk (2% works as well)

1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced


Start by giving those mixed nuts and Nilla Wafers a whirl in a blender until they’re a perfect crumbly duo. Mix in the melted butter and press it all into a cake pan to make that satisfyingly crunchy base.

In a bowl, whip up a dreamy combo of cream cheese, Confectioners Sugar, and Cool Whip. Spread this creamy goodness all over the crust, like giving it a cozy blanket.

Grab another bowl and play matchmaker with milk and instant pudding mix. Once they’re a dynamic duo, layer them over the cream cheese affair.

It’s strawberry showtime! Layer those fresh, vibrant slices over the pudding layer. Keep a few slices in the wings for the final bow.

Get that Cool Whip back in action. Spread it generously over the strawberries, making sure they’re all snug and comfy. Sprinkle some extra love with chopped strawberries and even a dash of the crumbly crust mix.

Now for the hard part: patience. Pop it in the fridge for a while to let the flavors have a mixer party. When it’s time, slice and serve a spoonful of pure dessert joy. Your taste buds will thank you!


To add a gluten-free variation, to this delicious dessert you can replace the Nilla Wafer cookies with your preferred gluten-free alternative. Choose gluten-free cookie options that suit your requirements, such as almond flour cookies or gluten-free shortbread cookies. Remember to check all ingredient labels to ensure they are certified as gluten-free. This modification lets you enjoy every layer of our Strawberries and Cream Lush while maintaining the great taste and texture.

  • Prep Time: 30 MINUTES