week 20: hannah’s pick – Strawberry Shortcake Bars

i don’t quite remember how i found this recipe, but regardless, the bars came out tasting amazing! i had a little trouble when they started cracking in half, but in the end i was really happy with how they turned out 🙂 and i got to share them with my friends at school!


Strawberry Shortcake Bars
Makes one 8×8 pan.


For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
8 tablespoons of butter

For the Cheesecake Filling:
6 oz strawberries, pureed (about 1 cup of whole strawberries)
4 oz banana, pureed (about 1 whole banana)
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of dry yellow cake

For the Streusel:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dry yellow cake mix
4 tablespoons of butter (1/2 stick)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 salt


To make the crust:
Place graham cracker crust and sugar in a bowl and toss to combine. Add in melted butter and mix to combine. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool while making cheesecake portion.

To make the cheesecake filling:
Cover inside of pan with enough foil for a one inch overhang on all sides. Cover foil with bake spray. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place strawberries and banana in a blender or food processor and pulse until pureed; set aside. Place cheesecake, sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a bowl and beat until fully combined and smooth. Add in pureed strawberry mixture and mix to combine. Add in dry cake mix and mix to combine. Pour mixture over crust (optional add in whole fruit to cheesecake mixture) and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F. Make streusel while cheesecake bakes. Remove pan from oven after 30-35 minutes and sprinkle streusel on top. Return pan to oven and bake for another 12-15 minutes. Remove and cool shortcake bars before cutting.

To make the streusel:
Place all ingredients in and using a pastry blender or a fork, cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles crumbled wet sand.

source: Bakers Royale