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Strawberries and Cream Cookie Bars

Strawberries and Cream Cookie Bars are made with a sugar cookie crust and topped with a strawberry and cream cheese flavored icing, then decorated with sprinkles.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Bars, Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, british dessert, easter recipe, Spring Sugar Cookie Bars, strawberries and cream cookie bars, strawberry sugar cookie bars, sugar cookie bars, valentine's day recipe
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 421kcal
Author: NicholeL

Ingredients

For the Sugar Cookie Crust

  • 16 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Strawberry Frosting

  • 8 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature (1 stick)
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • cup freeze dried strawberry powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • sprinkles

Instructions

For the Sugar Cookie Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Add butter to a stand mixer and beat until smooth. Then add in the granulated sugar and beat another minute.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture into the stand mixer until incorporated.
  • Press the cookie dough batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly.

For the Strawberry Frosting

  • Beat butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer until smooth. Add in the strawberry powder, followed by the powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time.
  • Add in the salt and milk. Mix until combined. If mixture is still really thick, add more milk until it reaches the consistency of frosting.

To Assemble:

  • Spread the strawberry frosting on top of the cooled cookie crust. Top with sprinkles.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes, then slice into 16 squares.
  • Keep in an air tight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

Whole freeze dried strawberries can be ground into powder in a blender or food processor. Or use 1 tablespoon strawberry jam and pink food coloring to reach desired results. (May not need to use as much milk if using jam). 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 421kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 203mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 638IU | Vitamin C: 60mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg