Strawberry Shortcake Bars

A soft vanilla cake-like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of whipped cream cheese frosting. Top it off with fresh strawberries for delicious strawberry shortcake bars!

If you love the flavors in these bars, try some more shortcake inspired desserts. Our favorites are this No Bake Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs, and even this poke cake!

Strawberry shortcake bars

bar version of a favorite!

Is your family like us in that we never need an excuse to make dessert? 😉 It might be a little worrisome, but it’s pretty upsetting to the kids if there isn’t a dessert after dinner. And I’m not talking about OUR kids. I’m talking about my parents’ kids… The ADULTS!

These Strawberry Shortcake Bars have been a long-time favorite among the adults ever since we first tried it! The super soft cake like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of cream cheese and whipped cream, topped with fresh cold strawberries. It’s heavenly!

It tastes just like a classic strawberry shortcake, but with a little less hassle. Plus, it easily feeds a crowd since you just make one pan and cut it into bars!

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Bars

This recipe has two parts: The cake base and the whipped cream cheese topping. Although the steps are super simple, make sure you plan ahead with time, because it does need to refrigerate for at least 3 hours!

CAKE BATTER. In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Mix in eggs, baking powder and salt. Alternate between adding in the flour and milk, beating after each addition. Beat until all ingredients are combined. Stir in vanilla extract.

BAKE. Pour batter evenly into a greased and floured a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Be sure not to over bake. Cake should be flat and light in color. Let cool completely. Set aside.

CREAM CHEESE TOPPING. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar and frozen whipped topping.

ASSEMBLE. Evenly spread cream cheese mixture over top of cooled cake. Top with diced strawberries. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Shortcake bars recipe

Tips and Variations

Make ahead: The ingredients of the cookie bars can be made ahead 1-2 days ahead of time and stored separately until you’re ready to assemble the cake.  

Leftovers: Cover and store the leftovers in the fridge. The bars will last for a few days, but the strawberries will only last for a day or two. You can easily pick off the old strawberries and top with freshly cut berries.   

Change it up: Include different fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, sliced kiwi…whatever you think will taste great.

If you’re a fruit lover, I’m certain you will LOVE this simple but perfectly sweet Shortcake Bar recipe. See for yourself!

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Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipe

4.9 from 19 votes
A soft vanilla cake-like crust perfectly combines with a light layer of whipped cream cheese frosting. Top it off with fresh strawberries for delicious strawberry shortcake bars!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 4076 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

Butter Vanilla Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pint strawberries

Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 oz cool whip frozen

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, beat together sugar and butter until creamy. Mix in eggs, baking powder and salt. Alternate between adding in the flour and milk, beating after each addition. Beat until all ingredients are combined. Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Pour batter evenly into a greased and floured a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. We sure not to over bake. Cake should be flat and light in color. Let cool completely. Set aside.
  • Dice up strawberries and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese, powdered sugar and frozen whipped topping. Evenly spread cream cheese mixture over top of cooled cake. Top with diced strawberries.
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours.

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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. Is this really 484 carbs a piece?? How big of a piece? Want to take it somewhere where there are diabetics…not a good idea?

  2. 3 stars
    This is perfect dor those who arent fans of Juicy, creamy, super moist, sweet strawberry short Cake. If i were to make it again i would add heavy cream, poke cake style. I would add a wee bit of sugar to the berries to draw out the juices (and use at least two pints), and i would top it off with whipped cream-the real thing, of course.

  3. I tried to make the strawberry shortcake bars. it didn’t work well. the recipe says 1/2 cup of butter, but the video shows two sticks of butter. i believe had i used one cup of butter it may have worked. very angry that i wasted all the ingredients.

  4. 5 stars
    Made these for a Dinner with frieNds and they were so yummy. Unfortunately, we have abojt half of it leftover and while My husband and i would love to eat this every night, we probably shoudn’t. Have you ever tried freezing individual pieces?

    1. Glad you both liked them!! No, I have not tried freezing them. Not sure how they’d turn out & with the frosting on them. They could last in the fridge for the week.

  5. Just wonDEring…do you have to use flour and spray on pan? Can you use jusy the spray?
    Thank you!

  6. Isn’t it suppose to be one stick of Butter? I’m confused. I added more powered sugar to the topping to make it thicker. Looks delicious.

    1. In the cake part, it is 1 stick of butter, but for the frosting, it is cream cheese, cool whip, & powdered sugar 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    The only thing I did different is I took strawberries and chop them added sugar and people can put him on themselves

  8. 5 stars
    My family loves these!!! They are so soft & pretty! We love the thickness of the frosting..no skimpy frosting there!

  9. 5 stars
    These are the perfect treat to bring to a party or shower. I love that you can add any kind of berry too!

  10. 5 stars
    My daughter (13 yrs) loves baking and was able to make these for the family. They weRe delicious! The cake base was soft and paired well with the toppings.

  11. 5 stars
    I made this and OMG!! I didn’t know I was capable of making something so amazing. My kids and I demolished this!

    1. When I make ahead, I don’t really assemble it (frost it or put strawberries on top), until I am ready to take somewhere or serve. If you do, then I would keep in the fridge.

  12. Wondering how long to bake the shortbread if Im cutting the recipe in half, using a 9×9 square or pie pan?

    1. It might be double the time, since they are way thicker. I personally have not tried, but just keep an eye on it.

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