Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Strawberry Cream Bars - Recipe Review - The 36th Avenue

The minute I saw these Strawberry Cream Bars from The 36th Avenue, I knew I wanted to make them! Especially since I had all but one of the ingredients on hand.
The recipe truly was easy to follow, quick to work up and the end result was delicious!

16 Squares 

Prep Time:
15 minutes or so

Cook Time:
40 minutes (longer than recommended)

     - 1 Box of Strawberry Cake Mix
     - 1/4 Cup of Soft Butter
     - 3 Eggs
     - 1 8 oz Package of Softened Cream Cheese
     - 1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
     - 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
     - Strawberries to Garnish
     - 9" x 9" Pan

Ingredient Notes:
     I was contemplating leaving out the lemon juice. It was the one thing I didn't have on hand, and really wasn't sure why I should include it in my recipe. However, once I applied it, I understood completely - it helps thin out the frosting part. Very useful to know in future baking.
Also, I had trouble locating it in my grocery store. I searched in the baking and produce aisles, and finally found it in the aisle with the pickles and such. 

Recipe Notes:

     I did have to bake my mixture for a longer time than suggested as the top part was still quite jiggly. I keep putting it in for 5 more minutes, and tested at the end of each timer.
     I cut my strawberry pieces in half and used these halves to garnish. I suggest slicing much thinner as using the halves made the bar too tall to comfortably eat. I ended up taking off the strawberry pieces to eat first, and then the bar.
     The leftover frosting part is delicious with any leftover fruit you have! I plan on making a batch and taking it to my next family party with some fresh fruit.

To whip up these delicious Strawberry Cream Bars, continue reading at The 36th Avenue.

I usually place my baked goods on a cake plate covered by a dome. I do not suggest leaving these bars out though. With the cream cheese ingredient, I recommend covering these up and storing in the fridge.

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  1. These look delicious and so pretty! Thank you for sharing at the Motivational Monday Link Party. Hope to see you again Sunday!

    Bethany from The Southern Couture

    1. They were! Didn't last long in my house. Looking forward to partying with you again, on Sunday!

  2. Strawberry and cream cheese??? I'm in! :) Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!