Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars

If you’re a fan of both strawberry shortcake and cheesecake, then you’re in for a treat with strawberry shortcake cheesecake bars. This delicious dessert combines the best of both worlds, with a creamy cheesecake layer on top of a strawberry shortcake crust. It’s the perfect dessert for summer parties, BBQs, or any occasion where you want to impress your guests with a sweet and tangy treat.

Strawberry shortcake cheesecake bars are a twist on the classic strawberry shortcake dessert. Instead of a traditional shortcake, this recipe uses a crust made from Strawberry Shortcake Oreos, which are crushed and mixed with butter to create a sweet and crumbly base. On top of this, a layer of creamy cheesecake is added, which is made from cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract. Finally, fresh strawberries are added on top to create a fruity and refreshing finish.

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a beginner, making strawberry shortcake cheesecake bars is easy and fun. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic baking skills, you can create a dessert that is sure to impress your friends and family. So why not give this recipe a try and see for yourself how delicious and satisfying strawberry shortcake cheesecake bars can be?

Ingredients

  • 20 Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Filling
  • 12 large strawberries
  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies, divided

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil so foil is overhanging on two sides. Lightly coat with cooking spray.
  • Put Oreo Cookies in a food processor and blend until they turn into crumbs. Pour in melted butter and pulse a few times until well blended.
  • Put cookie mixture into baking pan and press down into even layer on bottom of pan.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven. Keep oven heated at 325 degrees.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Filling and Assembly
  • Place strawberries in a blender or food processor and process until strawberries are pureed. You should have about ¾ cup of strawberry puree (it’s OK if it’s a little bit less).
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed for about 1 minute, until fluffy.
  • Add sugar, flour, salt and vanilla and beat until mixture is smooth.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in strawberry puree.
  • Pour batter over crust. Crumble about 8 Strawberry Shortcake Oreo Cookies and sprinkle them over the top of the cheesecake filling.
  • Bake for about 35-40 minutes at 325 degrees, until edges are turning golden and filling is set, but still a little jiggly in the middle.
  • Remove pan from oven and let cool completely before placing in fridge for at least two hours.
  • Use foil overhang to take bars out of pan. Remove foil from bottom and set on cutting board. Crumble remaining four Oreo Cookies and top cheesecake with them before slicing into squares and serving.

Allergy and Dietary Considerations

If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, it’s important to consider the ingredients in these Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars before consuming them. Here are some potential allergens and dietary concerns to keep in mind:

Gluten-Free

If you’re gluten-free, you’ll be happy to know that some of the recipes for Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars are gluten-free. For example, the recipe from Butternut Bakery uses gluten-free graham crackers for the crust. However, other recipes may not be gluten-free, so be sure to check the ingredients carefully before making or consuming them.

Nut Allergies

Most recipes for Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars do not contain nuts, but some may use almond extract or other nut-based ingredients. If you have a nut allergy, be sure to check the ingredients carefully before consuming them.

Dairy-Free

Unfortunately, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars are not typically dairy-free, as they contain cream cheese and heavy cream. However, some recipes may be able to be modified to be dairy-free by using dairy-free cream cheese and coconut cream instead of heavy cream.

Vegan

Similarly, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars are not typically vegan, as they contain cream cheese and heavy cream. However, some recipes may be able to be modified to be vegan by using vegan cream cheese and coconut cream instead of heavy cream. Additionally, some recipes may use aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) as a substitute for eggs in the cheesecake filling.

Frequently Asked Questions

What ingredients are needed to make Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars?

To make Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars, you will need fresh strawberries, cream cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, unsalted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and heavy cream. Some recipes also call for additional ingredients like lemon juice or sour cream. For a full list of ingredients and measurements, check out this recipe from We are not Martha.

How do you create a no-bake version of Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars?

If you prefer a no-bake version of Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars, you can substitute the baked cheesecake layer with a mixture of cream cheese, whipped cream, and sugar. Simply mix the ingredients together until smooth, spread the mixture over the crust, and top with fresh strawberries. For a detailed recipe, check out this recipe from Host The Toast.

What is the best way to achieve the strawberry crunch texture in cheesecake bars?

To achieve the strawberry crunch texture in cheesecake bars, you can add a layer of crumble on top of the cheesecake layer. The crumble can be made with a mixture of flour, sugar, butter, and crushed shortbread cookies. For a detailed recipe, check out this recipe from Butternut Bakery.

Can Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars be made gluten-free?

Yes, Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars can be made gluten-free by substituting the all-purpose flour in the crust and crumble with gluten-free flour. For a detailed recipe, check out this recipe from Bake or Break.

What are some tips for ensuring the cheesecake layer sets properly in the bars?

To ensure the cheesecake layer sets properly in the bars, make sure to let it cool completely before slicing. You can also place the bars in the refrigerator for a few hours to help them set. Additionally, make sure to follow the recipe instructions carefully, especially when it comes to the baking time and temperature.

How can the flavor of Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars be enhanced without using artificial flavoring?

To enhance the flavor of Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars without using artificial flavoring, you can add a bit of lemon zest or juice to the cheesecake layer. You can also mix in a bit of strawberry jam or preserves to the cheesecake layer or the crumble. Finally, make sure to use fresh, ripe strawberries for the best flavor.