No Bake Berry Dessert

Not only is this dessert a treat to look at, it tastes amazing too! It will be the hit of the dessert table at your next picnic, get together, or patriotic holiday. To keep it simple, I used store bought whipped topping. You are always welcome to make your own whipped cream if you have a favorite recipe but I took the easy route! This recipe takes a while to complete since you have to wait for certain layers to set before you can do the next step so don’t wait until the last minute to put it together.

 
INGREDIENTS: 
For Red Velvet Crust:
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup strawberry jam
½ cup and 2 tablespoons unsalted butter-melted
Red gel food coloring
 
For Cheesecake Layer:
8 oz. cream cheese-softened
½ cup unsalted butter-softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 container of whipped topping
2/3 cup diced fresh strawberries
 
For Blueberry Jello Salad Layer:
2 (3 oz.package) berry blue Jello 
1 1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups blueberry pie filling
1 cup of canned crushed pineapple-drained from juice (if use pineapple chunks, pulse it in a food processor to get fine crushed pieces)
 
For Topping:
2 (8oz) containers of whipped topping 
Fresh strawberries halved
Fresh blueberries
 

DIRECTIONS: 

We will start with the crust! Combine graham cracker crumbs, strawberry jam, melted butter and red food coloring. Mix until evenly moistened. Press the mixture in the bottom of a 13 by 9 dish. Place the crust in the freezer to firm for a while.

To make cheesecake layer cream together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and softened butter. Mix in 1 cup of whipped cream. Gently fold in diced strawberries and spread over the crust. Place in the fridge.

Next you make the blueberry layer. Place all the berry blue Jello gelatin mixture in a large bowl. Pour 1 ¼ cup boiling water and stir for a few minutes until the gelatin dissolved completely. Set aside to cool for 15-20 minutes, then stir in crushed pineapple and blueberry pie filling. Wait until it’s cooled to room temperature.

Spread blueberry jello layer over chilled cheesecake layer. Do not pour warm blueberry jello over cheesecake layer, it will melt it! Place in the fridge to chill until jello layer is set completely. Top your dessert with the remaining whipped topping. Before serving arrange fresh berries on top. Store in the fridge until you are ready to eat it up!

This recipe has been adapted from omgchocolatedesserts.com