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.
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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…
PhotobucketPress it into your pan, partially bake it and top it with a simple cream cheesey/cheesecakey layer…
PhotobucketSlice up some strawberries and spread those on top…
PhotobucketThen crumble up the reserved crust mixture and sprinkle on top of the strawberries…
PhotobucketWhen it’s done baking it will look like this…
PhotobucketLet it cool and cut it into squares.
PhotobucketAnd then eat your dessert anytime of the day.
Because no one is the boss of you!

 

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Strawberries and Cream Bars


Description:

makes 24 bars


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.

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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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81 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!!

  4. jodie

    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!

  5. Danielle

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Sandra

    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?

  8. Darlene

    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….

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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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