Strawberry and cream bars

I know we are all sick of winter. But lately at the grocery store I have seen strawberries and asparagus on sale so this makes me hopeful that these super cold days are going to be over soon. Please! Anyway, I took some of those on sale strawberries to make a spring tasting dessert. These were a hit – give them a try! The crust is made using a box cake mix and there is cream cheese in the middle. Easy.

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Fresh berries peek through and some remaining crust ingredients are sprinkled on top. I am sure other berries would also be great here – raspberries or blueberries especially.

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Strawberry and cream bars – straight from Cookies and Cups website

makes 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (18.25 oz.)
  • 1/3 cup butter, slightly softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 16 oz. package of strawberries, sliced
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

How to Make

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Spray 9×13 with cooking spray
  • In large bowl combine butter, one egg and cake mix. Mixture will be stiff. Use hands or a fork to combine.
  • Reserve 1 cup of mixture for topping and set aside.
  • Press the remaining mixture in the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  • While crust is baking, slice the strawberries.
  • In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and remaining egg until smooth.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over top the partially baked crust.
  • Evenly arrange the sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture and the sprinkle with remaining crust.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until center is set and crumbs on top turn golden brown.
  • Cool completely on wire rack and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

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Before and after – not too much of a difference, really.

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Side view. I like the berries that bake and get a little crisp on the sides of the pan. Yum!

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I always need to try a middle piece. I like them but the husband likes the edge pieces. Perfect!

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Close up. The crust is baked for 10 minutes before the rest is assembled so the bars set up nice and firm.

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These are great to share at work and are quick to put together. Enjoy!

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About Feisty Eats

I love to eat, entertain, exercise and try new life adventures. I am in my 30's and have a great husband, dog (Winston) and cat (Brinklie). I love to try or make new recipes and drink new beers.
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