Combine two favorite desserts into one with these amazingly delicious Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars!
As much as I try to be organized, sometimes I have planning fails when it comes to baking. Recently, I thought I had everything I needed for a recipe, only to realize that I’d forgotten to get a key ingredient. That left me with lots of strawberries that I didn’t want to go to waste. They ended up in these Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars, which are so amazingly good that my original recipe plans are now forgotten.
These bars combine two favorite desserts, strawberry shortcake and cheesecake bars, into one cool, creamy, sweet, so-very-summery treat. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing summertime dessert, this is it!
It all starts with a simple, thin layer of pound cake. This is a fairly basic pound cake scaled down to be a perfect starting layer for these bars. I like to use vanilla extract in the cake, but almond extract or a bit of lemon juice would be great, too.
Next comes sliced strawberries. Use as many as you like here. I prefer a single layer that’s not too crowded. That will take about a half pint of berries, so that’s what I’ve listed in the recipe. If you want to add more, go for it!
On top of that is an easy no-bake cheesecake with just a hint of fresh lemon juice added. I like that little bite of lemon to brighten it up a bit. If you prefer to use vanilla extract instead of lemon, I’d suggest using about 2 teaspoons.
Then, it’s garnish time with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream, a sprinkle of vanilla cookie crumbs, and some sweetened strawberries. I am not one to dress up desserts with lots of garnish. This is about as much as you’ll see from me. The whipped cream and berries are plenty on their own, but I just adore that sprinkle of cookie crumbs. Not only do those crumbs add a little more flavor, but they’re also a nice aesthetic touch.
The finished product is impressive looking without being difficult to make. It’s just the kind of dessert to share at a summertime gathering with friends and family.