Strawberry Cream cheese Bars

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars are a layered dessert with a sugar cookie bottom, strawberries and white chocolate middle, and cool whip on top!

If you like sugar cookies and strawberries, you’ll love this bar dessert. It has a similar flavor to our strawberry shortcake bars, but with a crispier cookie crust and white chocolate layer. It’s too good!

Strawberry cream cheese bars on a white plate

Sweet & Creamy Dessert Bars

I originally made this recipe with my husband’s favorite ingredient in mind—cream cheese. I also needed to pick a few seasonal ingredients to work with so for this first one I chose STRAWBERRIES (MY FAV!).

The result was these sweet and creamy Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars. They have FOUR delicious layers:

  • Sugar cookie crust
  • Creamy white chocolate
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped Cream

They’re the perfect combination of dense and light, sweet and tart. Needless to say, both my hubby and I absolutely loved these bars!

Fresh strawberries to use in strawberry bars

How to Make Them

PREP. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×13 pan,

CRUST. Cream together shortening, butter and sugar. Mix until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract until well combined. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, salt and flour and mix well. Gradually add to creamed mixture until well blended.

BAKE. Spread into the bottom of your greased pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until edges or golden brown. Let cool.

CREAM LAYER. Melt white chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave by heating up in 30 second intervals. Mix with softened cream cheese until well blended. Spread over sugar cookie layer and refrigerate.

STRAWBERRIES. In a small pan, mix together sugar and cornstarch. Add chopped strawberries and water and heat on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Once it is boiling, take off the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Pour over cream cheese layer and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

TOP. Top with Cool Whip and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Substitutes and shortcuts:

These strawberry cream cheese dessert bars are pretty simple and easy to make. Keep in mind that straying, even a little, from the original recipe will give a different result. Still yummy, just different. 

  • You can replace the cool whip with your own homemade whipped cream
  • You can use a store bought sugar cookie dough/mix for the bottom layer if you want. Just be sure to follow the instructions listed on the packaging. 
  • Replace shortening with butter if you prefer though It may change the texture.
  • Use a can of pie filling instead of making your own fruit layer from scratch.
  • Make it your own way using 1 ½ cups of your favorite fresh fruit: raspberries, peaches, blueberries would all be delicious.
Dough for strawberry sugar cookie bars in a mixing bowl

Making Ahead and Storing

Make ahead: You can make this strawberry cream cheese bars the day before, but avoid putting fresh fruit on top until you are ready to serve it.

How to store leftovers: Cover leftovers tightly with plastic wrap/foil or put in an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Strawberry cream cheese dessert bars on a white serving platter

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Dessert Bars

5 from 7 votes
Strawberries N Cream Bars are a layered dessert with a sugar cookie bottom, strawberries and white chocolate middle, and cool whip on top!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 297 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Sugar Cookie Layer

  • cup shortening
  • cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups flour

Cream Layer

  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups strawberries chopped
  • ½ cup sugar
  • cup water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Large Tub Cool Whip

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9×13 pan,
  • Cream together shortening, butter and sugar. Mix until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla and almond extract until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, salt and flour and mix well. Gradually add to creamed mixture until well blended. Spread into the bottom of your greased pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until edges or golden brown. Let cool.
  • Melt white chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave by heating up in 30 second intervals. Mix with softened cream cheese until well blended. Spread over sugar cookie layer and refrigerate.
  • In a small pan, mix together sugar and cornstarch. Add chopped strawberries and water and heat on medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Once it is boiling, take off the heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Pour over cream cheese layer and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  • Top with Cool Whip and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    My 14-year-old me these recently and they were a hit. I specifically liked the sugar cookie layer. It was soft and tasted great with the strawberries and cream.

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