STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE DREAM BARS

Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars – a graham cracker crust, fresh strawberries, a creamy strawberry cheese layer, strawberry creme pudding, topped with whipped topping. These are the perfect dessert to make when strawberries are in season!
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These Strawberry Cheesecake Dream Bars are layers of graham crackers, strawberries, and more. It's the perfect NO-BAKE dessert for strawberry season!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups graham cracker crumbs, plus additional for topping
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 16-ounces fresh strawberries, divided
  • (you’ll need 4 for the cream cheese layer and 5 whole for decoration)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 3.4-ounce package Strawberry Creme Pudding
  • 4-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 fresh strawberries, mashed
  • 1 recipe of Stabilized Whipped Cream or 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip, divided

Steps

  1. Set 5 whole strawberries aside for decoration. Mash 4 of them for the cream cheese mixture and then slice the remaining strawberries.
  2. Prepare an 8 X 8 baking dish by spraying it with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and melted butter and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Press into the prepared baking dish, and place into the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes to set.
  5. In a small bowl mix the 1 1/2 cups milk with the package of strawberry pudding. DO NOT use the two cups as directed on the package. We want a firmer pudding. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Place the cream cheese, mashed strawberries and confectioners’ sugar into a mixing bowl. Cream until soft and well combined. Fold in 1 cup of the Stabilized Whipped Creamor Cool Whip and gently mix.
  7. Remove the crust from the freezer and completely cover with a single layer of strawberries.
  8. With an offset spatula, place dollops of the cream cheese on top of the strawberries and gently spread until completely covered.
  9. Spread the pudding layer over the cream cheese.
  10. Top with the remaining Stabilized Whipped Cream or Cool Whip.
  11. Top with the remaining whole and sliced strawberries, and sprinkle with more graham cracker crumbs.
  12. Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving to set.

Enjoy!!

 

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