Cold Strawberry Pie Recipe

by LizM

A recipe for a cold fresh strawberry pie in a graham cracker crust

Cold strawberry pie has long been a favorite where I grew up. A common dessert but a recipe few seemed to have. Over the years I've seen it called farmhouse strawberry pie, fresh strawberry pie, jello strawberry pie, and Shoney's strawberry pie. Regardless of what you call it, this strawberry pie is sure to please. Fresh strawberries, a graham cracker crust, and a simple filling merge to create a fresh treat with a dash of sweetness.

Cold Strawberry Pie
Cold Strawberry Pie
Liz Masoner

Prep time 5 min  -  Total time 120 min
Ingredients for 8 servings
2 Pounds Fresh Strawberries  • 1 Cup Sugar  • 1 Cup Water  • 6 Teaspoons Cornstarch  • 4 Tablespoons Jello (Strawberry)  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust


Wash strawberries and remove stems. Cut strawberries into bite size pieces.

Prepare the Filling

Over medium high heat, bring the sugar, water, and cornstarch to a temperature just below a boil. The simplest way to do this is heat it until it begins to slightly bubble and reduce the heat somewhat. Stir constantly using a whisk until the mixture goes from thin and white to thick and clear.

Then remove from heat and whisk in the jello powder until well blended. Set aside to cool to close to room temperature. You can either allow this to happen slowly or set the pan on a bowl of cool water to lower the temperature more quickly. Just be careful not to chill the mixture as this will cause it to set. The goal is to let the mixture reduce in heat so that it doesn't cook the strawberries when you fill the crust.

Fill the Pie Crust

Arrange the cut and washed strawberries in the pie crust. Mound the strawberries higher in the middle and try to leave a little space between the strawberries and the top of the pie crust at the edge. This will make it easier to add the filling without pouring it over the edges of the crust.

Using a ladle, begin pouring the cooled liquid filling over the strawberries. Be sure there are no dry spots on any of the strawberries.

Let it Set

Place the filled pie into the refrigerator to cool. Depending on how cool your filling was, the pie should set within 2 or 3 hours. It is fine to leave it to set overnight however.

Recipe  5.0/5 Stars (2 Votes)


  • For a softer filling, add a little more water to the mix
  • Try other Jello flavors such as strawberry/banana
  • Serve with whipped cream for more sweetness
  • Try a traditional flour pie shell for a more flaky texture than the graham cracker crust
Updated: 03/05/2013, LizM
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katiem2 on 04/11/2013

My kids love strawberry pie, McDonalds came out with a strawberry cream pie, we saw it yesterday. The kids wanted to try it but said is it cold.... I said we should wait to make a real pie and here you have the recipe. YEA! Thanks :)K

EliasZanetti on 03/06/2013

Delicious! tasty! Thanks for this useful pie... I meant post! :)

AbbyFitz on 03/02/2013

I love this pie!

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