There are certain types of treats that many of us enjoy but it seems as if we don’t have the opportunity to enjoy them as often as we would like. One of those treats is strawberry shortcake and it seems as if it is something popular that we eat during the spring of the year. Thanks to this recipe, however, it is now possible to enjoy this treat in the best way possible all year long.
The recipe is for strawberry shortcake squares and it is about to change the way that you look at this fruit for dessert. Not only does it bring all of the fun, deliciousness and nostalgia of shortcake to the meal, it also does so in an easy to eat bite-size snack. This is one of those recipes that you will want to keep close to the top of your stack. Once your family tries it, they will want to come back to it, time and time again.
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 pound cake, cut into ¼-inch slices
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup white chocolate chips
¼ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Cool Whip
2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
16 ounce tub strawberry glaze
Optional Garnishes & Decorations:
Cool whip, melted chocolate, melted white chocolate, strawberries, mint leaves
For the crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a medium bowl until well-combined. Press into an 8×8-inch baking dish, then bake about 10 minutes. Cool completely before moving on to next steps.
For the Cream Cheese Filling:
Mix cream cheese in medium bowl. Beat on HIGH until smooth. Add powdered sugar, melted white chocolate, almond extract and vanilla extract. Beat until well smooth.
Fold in 1 cup cool whip. Set aside.
For the Strawberry Glaze:
Set aside 4 strawberries to slice for decoration.
Mix together the remaining sliced strawberries and strawberry glaze. Set aside.
Spread ½ cream cheese filling over the prepared pie crust.
Place cake slices over the cream cheese filling-cut the cake slices to cover the holes where needed.
Spread ½ strawberry mixture over the cream cheese filling.
Place cake slices over strawberry mixture.
Spread ½ cream cheese filling over the cake layer.
Spread ½ strawberry mixture over cream cheese filling.
Garnish with whipped cream and additional strawberries when ready to serve.