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!

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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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Strawberries and Cream Bars

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

  • 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.

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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Mary
Mary

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.

NekoNoKitiKiti
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~.

Feisty Eats

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

SallyJoJo
SallyJoJo

These turned out great, simple and delicious. Great with a cup of tea for breakfast 🙂

Heather Shay
Heather Shay

Okay, I can totally see this as a breakfast item. But I wanted something full-out dessert, so substituted a can of Ducan Hines Caramel apple pie filling for the fresh strawberries and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream before consuming its warm homey goodness.

Genesis
Genesis

My husband and I were craving something sweet and there was nothing in the house, so I came to your site to see what I can make. I found that I had all the ingredients I needed to make this! OMG it is super yummy! My husband ate 4 squares! I had to hide the rest otherwise he just may have eaten the whole batch! I think I discovered that he likes cookies/bars made with cake mixes. Because these are hid absolute favorite. http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/cookies/melt-in-your-mouth-toffee-pecan-cookies-3.html

michele
michele

Shelly, my classroom of young children (ages 3-6) made these for their Mother’s Day luncheon as the dessert. Their favorite part was making the crust! They were delicious and a light way to end the meal.

Sarina
Sarina

Made this tonight – couldn’t wait for it to cool down and it was awesome warm!

I used two punnets of strawberries and one of blueberries. Mmmm-mmmmmmm!

Brenda @ a farmgirl

These are SO pretty! And from the list of ingredients…I’m sure they’re delicious, too!!

Doreen
Doreen

Made these today! Delicious!!! Whole family loved them.

Jennifer
Jennifer

I made these yummy breakfast bars today with blueberries and nectarines (because that was the fruit I had), and also used gluten-free vanilla cake mix. They r lovely!! Wish there was room to post pic.

Tracy

These bars look awesome, Shelly! Dessert for breakfast is always approved in my house. 😉

June
June

I made these using Pineapple Supreme cake mix, and substituted chopped pineapple instead of strawberries and it was A.MAZ.ING. Thanks so much for the recipe!

grace

oh, those are pretty! seriously–is there anything cream cheese can’t do? 🙂

Carissa

That is so true about dessert for breakfast! Add fruit & it’s a win. We do this with bundt cakes all the time. Add blueberries & you’re golden – cake for breakfast!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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