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Strawberries and Cream Bars

These Strawberries and Cream Bars start with a cake mix and end up a beautiful and unique treat! They’re the perfect summer dessert that you can customize with your favorite fruits!

Strawberries and Cream Bars

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.

How to Make 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…

Image of Cake Mix Dough

Press it into your pan, partially bake it and top it with a simple cream cheesey/cheesecakey layer…

Image of Cream for Strawberries and Cream Bars

Slice up some strawberries and spread those on top…

Image of Strawberry Layer for Strawberries and Cream Bars

Then crumble up the reserved crust mixture and sprinkle on top of the strawberries…

Image of Crust Layer for Strawberries and Cream Bars

When it’s done baking it will look like this…

Image of Strawberries and Cream Bars in the Pan

Let it cool and cut it into squares.

 

Image of Strawberries and Cream Bars on a Plate

And then eat your dessert anytime of the day.
Because no one is the boss of you!

 

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Image of Strawberries and Cream Bars with Strawberries on a Plate

Strawberries and Cream Bars

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Strawberries and Cream Bars start with a cake mix and end up a beautiful and unique treat! They’re the perfect summer dessert that you can customize with your favorite fruits!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (18.25 oz, 1 lb)
  • 1/3 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9×13 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 1/4″ 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.

Notes

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 131
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Sodium: 48.9 mg
  • Fat: 11.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.2 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 45.4 mg

Keywords: strawberries and cream, strawberry dessert recipe, strawberry dessert, easy strawberry dessert, strawberry recipe, strawberry cake recipe, dessert bars, breakfast bars recipe, cake mix recipe

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82 comments on “Strawberries and Cream Bars”

  1. I was wondering whether I needed to adjust measurements for crust (less butter?) because cake mixes are now only 15.25 oz. but it seemed to work fine. This is just the recipe I needed to use some soon to be over ripe strawberries. Thanks.

    1. I know this sounds strange, but I have found you really don’t need to adjust the recipe with the smaller size cake mix. They’re kind of magic that way!

  2. NekoNoKitiKiti

    Best opening to a recipe ever!

    This sounds really simple and tasty; I stumbled here trying to find recipes for a friend, and I’m considering making this one myself sometime! I can see this being really good with cherries too~.

  3. I made these tonight and they turned out wonderful. It makes me hope spring is coming soon. Thanks for sharing!

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