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Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar Recipe

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This Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar Recipe is made with soft and chewy cake like cookie bars, topped with creamy whipped cream frosting and fresh juicy strawberries. This delicious strawberry dessert recipe is a perfect Spring or Summer dessert that everyone will love.

strawberry shortcake dessert bars on a plate for serving

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Skip the store bought and make this summertime strawberry shortcake recipe. This dessert recipe is easier than you think. A soft and chewy cake like vanilla bar, topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting, and topped with fresh sliced strawberries. A fun twist on a classic strawberry shortcake that everyone will love.

Strawberry shortcake bars are probably one of the easiest dessert recipes to prepare. A perfect finish to a family dinner or serve a large group and I promise you won’t have any leftovers. This will become your go to strawberry shortcake recipe for years to come.

Our strawberry shortcake bars are a perfect potluck dessert. You will have everyone asking you for the recipe and you probably won’t have any left to bring home. Cookie bars are such a fun dessert and are so much easier to transport than a classic strawberry shortcake dessert. I can’t wait to hear what you think when you give them a try.

close up shot of a bite of strawberry shortcake

Ingredients For Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bars

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cool Whip
  • Strawberries

How To Make Dessert Bars

1-Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.

2-In a large mixing bowl beat together sugar and butter until smooth and creamy.

3-Add eggs, milk, vanilla, and continue beating until ingredients are combined.

4-In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder.

5-Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until just combined.

6-Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Be sure not to over bake. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

7-In a large bowl cream together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and thawed whipped cream until creamy.

8-Spread whipped cream evenly over cooled shortcake and top with sliced strawberries.

9-Regridgerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

baked strawberry shortcake dessert bars topped with strawberries

What Other Fruit Can I Use?

Of course, a classic strawberry shortcake uses fresh strawberries, but you can always add something different to suit your family.

I’ve listed a few of my favorites below.

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

How To Store Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bars

leftover strawberry shortcake bars can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. If you notice the strawberries on top are going bad, simply pick them off and add fresh berries.

frosted strawberry shortcake bars with strawberries on the side

Tips And Variations

Make Ahead: Strawberry shortcake bars can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and stored separately in the fridge.

Fruit: I personally love fresh sliced strawberries because it reminds me of a classic strawberry shortcake that I loved growing up, but you can try adding blueberries, blackberries, raspberries,

More Strawberry Dessert Recipes

close up shot of a slice of strawberry shortcake dessert bars

Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar Recipe

April King
This Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar Recipe are soft and chewy cake like cookie bars, topped with creamy whipped cream frosting and fresh juicy strawberries. This delicious strawberry dessert recipe is a perfect Spring or Summer dessert that everyone will love.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Refrigerate 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Shortcake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream Topping

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz. cool whip, frozen
  • 1 pint strawberries, washed, huled and sliced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat together sugar and butter until smooth and creamy.
  • Add eggs, milk, vanilla, and continue beating until ingredients are combined.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking powder.
  • Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until just combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Be sure not to over bake. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  • In a large bowl cream together softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and thawed whipped cream until creamy.
  • Spread whipped cream evenly over cooled shortcake and top with sliced strawberries.
  • Regridgerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!
Keyword Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bars
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