strawberry cheesecake bars

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

These strawberry cheesecake bars will be the hit at your next summer picnic! Creamy, rich, and piled high with fresh glazed strawberries.

strawberry cheesecake bars

One of my favorite desserts is a fresh strawberry pie. The sweetness of the strawberries combined with delicious glaze and buttery crust, make it the absolute perfect summer dessert. I wanted to take that and step it up a notch. Adding a cream cheese filling just took these bars over the top.

strawberry cheesecake bars

The combination of the cold sweet strawberries, silky cream cheese filling, and sweet shortbread crust is enough to make your tastebuds go wild. So, if your like me and love the traditional strawberry pie, you are going to love these bars.

strawberry cheesecake bars

They are super easy to make too! Just check out my video below! For more fresh summer berry desserts, check out my No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake and my No-Bake Raspberry Cheesecake Tart. Enjoy!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars

These strawberry cheesecake bars will be the hit at your next summer picnic! Creamy, rich, and piled high with fresh glazed strawberries.

  • Shortbread Layer-
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream
  • Strawberry Layer-
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 small package strawberry Jell-O (1.4 ounce)
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • Cream Cheese Layer-
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (1 block)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream

First, start with the strawberry filling.

In a small pan, combine water, sugar, and cornstarch on medium high heat.

While whisking, bring to a simmer.

Once simmering, add strawberry Jell-O, whisk to combine.

Remove from heat and cool slightly, then chill.

Chop and hull 2 cups strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the shortbread crust-

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk or cream, and egg yolk.

Add flour and mix until just combined (dough will be crumbly)

Press into the bottom of a lined and greased 8x8 square pan or 8-9 in round pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.

Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.

To make the cream cheese layer beat cold heavy whipping cream in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.

Carefully fold heavy whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture.

Spread mixture over cooled shortbread crust.

Assemble strawberries onto cream cheese layer, then pour glaze over strawberries.

Chill for 30-1 hour then slice and serve! Enjoy!

strawberry cheesecake bars

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4 Responses to Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

  1. Patricia Lehto May 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    Hi….I have 2 questions before I try this recipe. You don’t say what to do w/the milk in the shortbread layer. Your video doesn’t mention it either.
    Also small packages of Jell-O are 3 ounces, not 1.4 ounces. Where do you find such a small package? Or am I supposed to measure out 1.4 ounces from a 3 ounce package?

    Please reply. Thanks.

    • theseasidebaker May 2, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

      Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for catching my error. I went ahead and added the milk into the directions. As for the gelatin, I actually used the brand Royal Gelatin which can be found at Walmart and comes in the 1.4 packages. If you can’t find it, you can always use the 3 oz box and just pour in about half. I have made this glaze a ton of times and just eyeballed the gelatin amount, and it came out fine each time. The glaze is pretty forgiving. Hope this helps! Thanks

  2. Gloria Ennis May 22, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    Can this be made the night before party, or would it get too soft

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