Last year upon moving into our home, the first order of business was to plant a rhubarb plant. Priorities right!? It has been a long year to wait for my first harvest, but when I did, I was ready! I had been jotting down recipe ideas and this one was at the top of my list.
I absolutely love the sweet combination of strawberry and rhubarb. The smells, flavors, textures all blend together perfectly. Although a traditional strawberry rhubarb pie is on my list of things to make, I wanted to try something else.
The sugar cookie base does a great job at offsetting the tartness of the rhubarb. The strawberries melt into the cream cheese while baking creating a smooth berry center. Finally the streusel top layer gives the bars a bit of a crunch.
These bars would be perfect to serve a crowd, especially for Memorial Day or the 4th of July. They are easily transported and can be made a day in advance. If you have some extra strawberries and rhubarb, I urge you to make these bars!