Strawberries and Cream Bars

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Ingredients

1 box 18.25 oz) vanilla cake mix
1/3 C. butter, softened
2 eggs, divided
3 C. sliced strawberries
8 oz. cream cheese
1/3 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray 9″ x 13″ with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl combine butter, one egg, and cake mix. Mixture will be stiff. I used my hands to combine the dough.
  • Reserve 1 cup of mixture for topping and set aside.
  • Press the remaining mixture in the bottom of the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  • While crust is baking, slice the strawberries into approx 1/4″ slices.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and remaining egg until smooth.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over the top of the partially baked crust.
  • Evenly arrange the sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining crust.IMG_7850
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until center is set and crumbs on top turn golden brown.IMG_7865
  • Cool completely on wire rack and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Notes

I liked these the day I made them better than the leftovers. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers you have. Strawberries turn a bit mushy, but it tastes great. If you’re going to take a photo of your masterpiece, make sure to do it before you slice it into pieces because it doesn’t look as appealing as bars than as a whole in the pan!

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