strawberry & cream dessert squares

10 Mar

betty crocker strawberry & cream dessert squares

i had some strawberries to use up before they turned.  i came across this recipe on betty crocker and thought i’d try it.  its pretty good i wouldnt say WOW though.  maybe it needs to be refrigerated first 🙂  its almost as if the cookie crust over-powers the strawberries.

Crust
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 egg
Filling
1 cup white vanilla baking chips (6 oz)
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
Topping
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup water
10 to 12 drops red food color, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 15x10x1- or 13×9-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 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/strawberries-and-cream-dessert-squares/ade24a8d-0691-4efd-b846-358d2757780b

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2 Responses to “strawberry & cream dessert squares”

  1. letmestartbysaying March 10, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    >What about using a whipped frosting instead of cream cheese? Would that up the Wow Factor?

  2. ilona March 10, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    >i dont know – i dont like whipped cream 🙂 hopefully tomorrow after the flavors meld and chill itll be better — its not bad — just not WOW

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