Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares

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  • Published Jul 5th
  • Ready In3h
  • Servings9
  • Calories445
This is a light dessert that I like to make in the summertime. It consists of a shortbread crust topped with a cream cheese layer and then fresh strawberries and a gelatin glaze. Serve with additional whipped topping, if desired.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares for 9 servings:

  • Shortbread:
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Cream Cheese Layer:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®), thawed
  • Strawberry Layer:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 (3 ounce) package strawberry-flavored gelatin (such as Jell-O®)
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook20m
  • Ready In3h

To cook Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares is about 20 minutes , and you can serve your Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares within 3 hours . The following are the steps to cook Strawberry Cream Cheese Squares easily:

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. 2 Beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl until well combined. Add flour and continue to beat until dough comes together and is no longer dry.
  3. 3 Press the dough into an 8x8-inch pan, smoothing the surface evenly with your fingers. Prick the dough all over with a fork to allow any steam to escape.
  4. 4 Bake in the preheated oven until the edges begin to brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  5. 5 Meanwhile, make the filling. Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Fold in whipped topping until combined. Refrigerate while the shortbread cools and you prepare the strawberry topping.
  6. 6 Whisk water, sugar, and cornstarch together in a small pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Add gelatin and whisk until incorporated. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, whisking occasionally to prevent a skin from forming on the top.
  7. 7 Spread the cream cheese mixture over the cooled shortbread. Top evenly with sliced strawberries then pour gelatin mixture evenly over the strawberries. Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can switch up the fruits and/or Jell-O® flavors to suit your tastes.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 445 calories; 25.5 grams of fat; 51.2 grams of carbohydrates; 4.4 grams of protein; 54 milligrams of cholesterol; 173 milligrams of sodium.

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