Strawberries and Cream Dessert Squares (Cookie Mix)

Recipe by Mom2Rose
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 20
YIELD: 20 bars
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Crust
  • 1
    (17 1/2 ounce) package betty crocker sugar cookie mix
  • 12
    cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1
  • Filling
  • 1
    cup white vanilla baking chips (6 oz)
  • 1
    (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • Topping
  • 4
    cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 12
    cup sugar
  • 2
    tablespoons cornstarch
  • 13
    cup water
  • 10 -12
    drops red food coloring, if desired
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 350°F
  • Spray bottom only of 15x10x1 or 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter and egg until soft dough forms.
  • Press evenly in bottom of pan.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • In small microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips uncovered on High 45 to 60 seconds or until chips are melted and can be stirred smooth.
  • In medium bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  • Stir in melted chips until blended.
  • Spread mixture over crust.
  • Refrigerate while making topping.
  • In small bowl, crush 1 cup of the strawberries.
  • In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch.
  • Stir in crushed strawberries and 1/3 cup water.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens.
  • Stir in food color.
  • Cool 10 minutes.
  • Gently stir in remaining 3 cups strawberries.
  • Spoon topping over filling.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour or until set; serve within 4 hours.
  • Store covered in refrigerator.
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