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Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe

A deliciously fresh strawberry dessert, with creamy and chewy cookie layers. This strawberry shortcake bars recipe is absolutely divine!
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh strawberries, potluck dessert, Sheet Pan dessert, Strawberry shortcake cookie bars
Servings: 24
Calories: 311kcal

Equipment

  • Sheet pan
  • Large Mixing Bowl (2)
  • Hand mixer
  • spatula
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

Cream Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese 1 box, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces cool whip 1 container, thawed
  • 3 cups fresh strawberries diced

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Mix in vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Spread on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (I use a 13x18x1" pan/cookie sheet). The dough will be just like cookie dough- heavy and sticky- so it's best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  • Mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat until smooth, then fold in the Cool Whip and stir well. Spread cream cheese layer over cooled sugar cookie bars.
  • Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let the cream layer set up. Top with fresh strawberries, cut, and serve.
  • I learned that these look the best if you put the strawberries on right before serving, otherwise the juice from the strawberries can tint your cream layer pink.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge.

Notes

Other Fruit you could use in this recipe:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Bananas

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg