Strawberries and Cream Bars


These Strawberries and Cream Bars start with a cake mix! You could sub in any fruit you like!

Sometimes I want dessert for breakfast.

But supposedly dessert is to be eaten after dinner or something.

So you can find me on any given morning hiding from public judgement in my closet cursing the candy companies for making their wrappers so loud.  Inevitably, I will be found because of the super-sonic-noise-making Snickers wrapper, and I try to convince  either my children or my husband, through garbled speech and chocolate drool , that I was in the closet looking for a missing flip flop.  My children haven’t caught on yet, although my husband is hot on my trail.

I am clearly being stymied by dessert prejudices across the land.


Anyway, I believe I have found a way to hurdle the rules that are clearly trying to cease culinary progress.

Add fruit.


Yep, that’s it.

Add fruit to dessert and bah-jammm! Instantly breakfast affirmed.

And these bars take it a step further with the addition of cream cheese.

Because cream cheese is the breakfast approved cheese.  Who makes these rules?!


So let’s get down to it…Strawberries and Cream Bars.

They start with a cake mix.  Isn’t that great?
Just mix it up with an egg and some butter.
It will be very dense…
Photobucket Press it into your pan, partially bake it and top it with a simple cream cheesey/cheesecakey layer…
Photobucket Slice up some strawberries and spread those on top…
Photobucket Then crumble up the reserved crust mixture and sprinkle on top of the strawberries…
Photobucket When it’s done baking it will look like this…
Photobucket Let it cool and cut it into squares.
Photobucket And then eat your dessert anytime of the day.
Because no one is the boss of you!


Strawberries and Cream Bars
makes 24 bars
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (18.25 oz, 1 lb)
  • ⅓ cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9x13 with cooking spray
  3. In large bowl combine butter, one egg and cake mix. Mixture will be stiff. I used my hands to combine the dough.
  4. Reserve 1 cup of mixture for topping and set aside.
  5. Press the remaining mixture in the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. While crust is baking, slice the strawberries into approx ¼" slices.
  7. In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and remaining egg until smooth.
  8. Spread cream cheese mixture over top the partially baked crust.
  9. Evenly arrange the sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture and the sprinkle with remaining crust.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until center is set and crumbs on top turn golden brown.
  11. Cool completely on wire rack and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.
Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.


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August 5, 2012 7:59 pm

Pretty much anything strawberries and cream will be awesome, but this looks soooo fabulous! Yum!

August 5, 2012 8:19 pm

Love me a good cream cheese bar! mmmm, so good. And with the shortcut of cake mix and the awesomeness of strawberries, these are perfect!

August 5, 2012 8:43 pm

Looks amazing Shelly! What an easy but decadent-looking treat.

August 5, 2012 8:54 pm

These look absolutely delicious and totally breakfast-y :)

Nicole P
August 5, 2012 8:54 pm

These look awesome :)

August 5, 2012 8:59 pm

I agree…adding fruit definitely turns dessert into breakfast. (and adding veggies turns it into lunch and dinner!) Love these.

August 5, 2012 9:12 pm

Yummy! Those are gorg. And they sound delish. Perfect breakfast food!

August 5, 2012 9:17 pm

These look totally acceptable for breakfast….there’s fruit! They look amazing!

August 5, 2012 9:30 pm

These look so amazingly delicious!!!

August 5, 2012 9:43 pm

I definitely don’t judge you–I could eat cookies, blondies or popcorn ANY time of day. Or pizza. It just works like that, this crazy world we live in.

These look AWESOME, btw, but you know that. You’re a dessert guru. You make the rules, candy bar breakfast rules included!

August 5, 2012 10:05 pm

Those fresh strawberries look awesome. What a great recipe!!! I will definitely be making that this summer!

August 5, 2012 10:19 pm

I seriously hid in the pantry tonight eating junk food so my husband didn’t see me. Which is either a sign that I shouldn’t be eating it, or that I just don’t like to share. Maybe both? Anyway, I’m totally with you that adding fruit to dessert basically makes it breakfast (or lunch or dinner).

These look awesome!

August 5, 2012 10:48 pm

This looks so yummy!

August 5, 2012 10:53 pm

These are beautiful! And I bet they would be great with other fruits too

August 6, 2012 1:36 pm

Wonder how they’d be with pineapple? Pineapple and cream cheese for breakfast…yep, I think so. :)

August 6, 2012 4:20 pm

Or blueberries! YUM!

August 10, 2012 10:30 am

Pinapple works!! its SOOO GOOD!

August 5, 2012 11:30 pm

Um, yes. Dessert + fruit = breakfast. Definitely

August 6, 2012 12:41 am

Fruit and cream cheese…perfectly acceptable breakfast cake:-) I love that you hide in the closet eating chocolate for breakfast. I usually hide in the bathroom with the shower running so no one hears the wrappers. Then tell them I was “cleaning” the shower again:-) Works every time!!!

August 6, 2012 4:14 am

I would eat the whole thing! It looks brilliant 😀

August 6, 2012 6:48 am

Oh this is completely breakfast acceptable;-)

August 6, 2012 7:09 am

I am literally drooling. Wish I had seen these yesterday, but it’s Monday morning and I don’t think “I had to bake” is going to be an acceptable excuse to be late to work……but it should be!

August 6, 2012 8:52 am

Everything about these looks incredible!

August 6, 2012 9:11 am

That’s my kind of strawberry bar :) Mmm!!

August 6, 2012 9:31 am

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August 6, 2012 9:36 am

Now this is a breakfast worth waking up for. Btw, I love your new site look.

August 6, 2012 9:44 am

YUM! These look amazing!!! Such a great use for summer strawberries! :)

August 6, 2012 10:16 am

Beautious. Remarkable. And darn purdy. Loving these summer-themed dessert bars Girl~!

August 6, 2012 10:31 am

I’m with you — no idea why desserts are frowned upon. What is the difference between muffins and cookies anyway? But I always eat a little chocolate after breakfast. It’s best for everyone if I do that.

August 6, 2012 10:40 am

These are absolutely gorgeous, Shelly!!!

PS…Mr. E found an article the other day that said that people who eat dessert after BREAKFAST are thinner than those who don’t. Now, it didn’t cover dessert FOR breakfast, but I think it’s the same thing. Pass the strawberries & cream bars, please.

August 6, 2012 11:11 am

Dessert for breakfast always! Balance, friends. All about the balance.

August 6, 2012 11:55 am

Going to the store now to get the ingredients I don’t have. These will be breakfast tomorrow! LOL

Going to add some powdered sugar on top just to make it pretty but then is it dessert again?

August 6, 2012 12:03 pm

Totally my kind of breakfast! Love it!

August 6, 2012 12:39 pm

Not only is this breakfast but it’s very near a health food, too. All those strawberries.

No judgement from me on what you eat, where OR when. I made your Cookie Crazy Cupcakes and ate them for breakfast…and lunch…and, perhaps an appetizer before dinner…

No, no, I’m not one to judge….

August 6, 2012 2:07 pm

Excellentissimo cette version fondante et croquante
Bonne soirée

Rachael Toral
August 6, 2012 2:08 pm

Hey! These look awesome! I can’t wait to make them!! Do you think it would work with frozen strawberries?

August 6, 2012 2:20 pm

These bars are so fun and so VERY beautiful!

August 6, 2012 2:22 pm

Those look fantastic!

August 6, 2012 2:49 pm

These would make a wonderful breakfast!

August 6, 2012 3:06 pm

I’m wondering if this would work with frozen berries… it looks fantastic!!

August 6, 2012 3:10 pm

I want some now. Right now. Right now I say!!!

August 6, 2012 3:32 pm

This is my justification for pie as breakfast too!

August 6, 2012 3:34 pm

Oh, my gosh, this looks Ah-mazing!

August 6, 2012 5:03 pm

Dude! Thanks for giving me an idea of what to do with those strawberries that are currently in my fridge. My tummy thanks you :)

August 6, 2012 5:38 pm


What a great recipe! And don’t worry–you aren’t the only one who suffers from the breakfast-time sweet tooth!

On Behalf of Chinet

August 6, 2012 6:41 pm

I don’t care what time of the day it is….it’s always dessert time :)

August 6, 2012 6:47 pm

It looks great, I like it

August 6, 2012 8:49 pm

oh my goodness, these look amazing! your pictures are beautiful!

August 6, 2012 10:24 pm

these look so gorgeous and i love the addition of fruit..strawberries for that matter!! the topping looks delicious, i would pick it off and eat them individually and then eat the bar – i know, i’m weird, but i love my crumb topping! hehe

August 6, 2012 11:45 pm

Oh yummy!!! Perfect for summer!!!

August 7, 2012 12:01 am

My sister made something similar to this for me using apricot jam. It was magnificent and perfect for the summer.

August 7, 2012 1:14 am

These are GORGEOUS!


Beautiful bars!! I have no doubt that if I made these, the whole pan would be gone in no time at all.