Thursday, July 3, 2014

Strawberry and Cream Dream bars

Cheesecake is good in so many variations. Tastes & Treasures cookbook has a wonderful recipe on page 170. The following recipe adds lots of extras. Add some blueberries and it becomes a 4th of July treat.

Strawberry and Cream Dream bars
1 pouch ( 1 lb 5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 large egg

1 cup white chocolate chips
1 package ( 8 ounce) cream cheese, softened

3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, mix together the cookie mix, butter and egg until a dough forms. Press dough into the bottom of the baking pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave white chocolate chips for 45 to 60 seconds or until chips are melted. Stir until smooth. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the melted chocolate chips. Spread this mixture evenly over the cooled sugar cookie crust. Refrigerate while making the topping.

In a small bowl, crush 1 cup of the strawberries. In 2-quart saucepan, add the 1 cup of crushed strawberries, sugar, cornstarch and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes. Gently fold in remaining strawberries. Spoon over the filling. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until set.
Serve and enjoy!

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