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plated pile of Strawberry Shortcake Bars with a bite taken out of one

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 296kcal
Author: Holly Nilsson
A lightly sweetened shortbread crust is mixed with fresh strawberries and a hint of lemon, then topped with a sweet, cream cheese drizzle for a delicious dessert you will love!




  • 3 Tablespoons whipped cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together chopped strawberries, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Let sit for 10 minutes, then drain any excess juice.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until fully incorporated.
  • Beat in the flour mixture until just combined, the dough will be crumbly looking.
  • Gently fold in the strawberries with your hands moistening the dough enough so that it sticks together when pressed. Gently press into the prepared pan and bake for 25 to 27 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 hour before icing.


  • In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon juice until smooth. Place in a piping bag and drizzle across the top of the strawberry bars.


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 409IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg