Monday, June 9, 2014

Strawberry Bars

1 pkg. dry yellow cake mix
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 cups sliced strawberries (about 1 pint whole)
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup vanilla wafers, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 x 2 baking dish with non-stick spray.  In a large bowl combine cake mix, butter and 1 egg.  Mix with a fork until crumbly.  Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Bake 10 minutes. 

Evenly lay strawberries over partially cooked cake mix.  In a large bowl combine cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar and vanilla.  Pour over strawberries and carefully spread out evenly.  Bake 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with vanilla wafers and bake another 5 minutes.  After cooled, cut into bars.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Comments:  This was originally a recipe using peaches but a friend picked up some strawberries on her way back from the beach so I decided to give this a try using them instead of the peaches.  The only other change was the addition of the crushed wafers.  In the original you withheld 1/2 cup of the cake mix for topping but I used the whole mix as my crust and topped it with the wafers.  This dish could be made with the peaches, blueberries, and just about any fruit you might like.  It's easy to make and so good to eat.  This would be delicious served hot with a scope of ice cream.  As you can see form the picture, this can also be made in smaller serving dishes.  When I made the smaller size I found no need to change the cooking times. 

Comment from Carol:  We loved this dessert!  I was regretting how short strawberry season is when I tasted this but then I thought it will probably be great with peaches too!

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