Recipe Box, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Parfaits

This is an overspill from the July Paint Bucket, and a berry dessert you will want to try while summer is still full of fresh berries

It is a strawberry version of  the Key Lime Cheesecake Jars, but uses a homemade Strawberry filling layer instead of lime curd

Making the fresh strawberry sauce is just a matter of simmering berries in sugar, then thickening the sauce with cornstarch

If you stir in a teaspoon of commercial jam at the end, the preservatives from the jam will keep your sauce stable for up to a week or more*

Make the sauce in advance and refrigerate at least several hours or up to 1-2 weeks

Start the parfaits by crumbling cookies in the bottom of the jar or glass

I recommend Chessman Shortbread Cookies by Pepperidge Farm.  They have a great flavor and are sturdy enough to hold up with the moist toppings

Next add about 1/4 cup cheesecake filling** and press down with back of spoon

Top with a layer of Strawberry Sauce*

Then finish filling up with Cool Whip

I did not go slowly and make them picture perfect, no time for that today!

They all get mixed up with the first dig down to the bottom anyway!

You can use any type of jar, beverage glass, or parfait dish.  I used small, 8oz. jars for easy storage and serving

This strawberry sauce is fabulous for topping ice cream, pancakes, french toast, biscuits, cheesecake, pound cake, shortcake, anything!

*Strawberry Sauce recipe adapted from Tikkido here

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Parfaits

These delicious strawberry parfaits are made in individual jars for easy storage, serving and eating!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8



  • 2 cups fresh strawberry sauce*
  • 1 tub Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling**
  • 1 tub 8 oz. Cool Whip Dessert Topping, thawed {use real whipped cream only if serving right away, it won’t hold up for storing}
  • sturdy shortbread or sugar cookies, like Pepperidge Farm Chessmen use 2-3 per jar

Strawberry Sauce

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp commercial strawberry jam


Strawberry Sauce

  • Place 1/3 of berries into a saucepan with sugar and cook over medium low heat, stirring often, until sugar melts into berries.
  • Add another 1/3 of berries and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Now add the remaining berries, salt and cornstarch.  Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in jam.  The preservatives in the commercial jam will keep your homemade mixture stable for a week or so without altering the flavor.  Refrigerate.  Makes about 2 cups.


  • Crumble 2-3 cookies in the bottom of a 8 oz glass or jar.
  • Add about 1/4 cup, or 2 heaping Tablespoons of cheesecake filling and spread into an even layer with back of spoon.
  • Spoon 2 heaping Tablespoons of strawberry sauce on top of cheesecake layer.
  • Fill to top with Cool Whip.
  • Cover and refrigerate until serving.  Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.  Makes 8-10 jars.


**Philadelphia Cheesecake Filling is available at Walmart.  Use regular prepared cheesecake or thawed frozen cake for a substitution
Keyword dessert in a jar, strawberries, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry parfaits, strawberry shortcake


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25 Responses to “Recipe Box, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Parfaits”
  1. Yummy! ANd really cute pitcher and plate. Someday I wish you’d do a post on where you keep your dish (and glass) stashes!

    • haha, one of my current goals is to get more organized, which includes doing a little dish organizing…I actually have a large funky old pie safe with lots of big shelves at the beach house and it holds most everything, but it’s time let some things go…

  2. Jodi says:

    Another winner!

  3. How easy is that! Looks delicious!

    • My husband is raving about these and loves to be able to grab one after dinner while he’s watching baseball, he asked me if they are a zillion calories, but they really aren’t because the ones I made in the 8 oz jars are small, with just a few spoonfuls of each layer

  4. Mary says:

    Jenna, Dessert in a jar is the best! Love your pretty painted strawberries and strawberry basket pitcher!

  5. Don’t you love putting things in little jars? I use them for giving nuts at the holidays and for picnic salads. Love the shortcake idea. (And Chessmen are dangerous because you just want to eat the bag!)

  6. Jenna, another winning dessert in a jar! These are so cute to serve at parties. My hubs loves cheesecake, so I am going to make these for him!

  7. These look great…I love using Chessmen cookies in my banana pudding…need to use them more…I love these parfaits!

  8. YUM….Wish I lived next door…..

  9. Jill Kuhn says:

    Easy, colorful and delish! Looks like the perfect dessert to me! ❤️

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, oh how pretty and I love how these go together! Love our berries here so I need to find my jars and make the mister happy…….happy weekend.

  11. Miz Helen says:

    What a great recipe to serve a crowd, we would love this dessert! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us here at Full Plate Thursday. We hope to see you again real soon.
    Miz Helen

  12. JESS44903 says:

    These sound so amazing! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. Kim says:

    These look like the most perfectly refreshing summer treats! 🙂

  14. Myrna says:

    I love cheesecake and these look yummy. What I do is mix half and half yogurt with Cool Whip and add fruit like the yogurt flavor (strawberry yogurt with some strawberries etc) Over time I made other flavors and added chocolate syrup and other items and froze them. It’s hard to find a chocolate cake that freezes well.
    On my to do list-soon.

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