Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars


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Ingredients

  • 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






Instructions

  1. First, start with the strawberry filling.
  2. In a small pan, combine water, sugar, and cornstarch on medium high heat.
  3. While whisking, bring to a simmer.
  4. Once simmering, add strawberry Jell-O, whisk to combine.
  5. Remove from heat and cool slightly, then chill.
  6. Chop and hull 2 cups strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  7. For the shortbread crust-
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. In a small bowl, combine butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, milk or cream, and egg yolk.
  10. Add flour and mix until just combined (dough will be crumbly)
  11. Press into the bottom of a lined and greased 8x8 square pan or 8-9 in round pan.
  12. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  13. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  14. To make the cream cheese layer beat cold heavy whipping cream in a clean bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  15. In a medium sized bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth.
  16. Carefully fold heavy whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  17. Spread mixture over cooled shortbread crust.
  18. Assemble strawberries onto cream cheese layer, then pour glaze over strawberries.
  19. Chill for 30-1 hour then slice and serve! Enjoy!



recipe adapted >>>>>  here



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