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Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

When I was a little girl, I would get so excited when I heard the ice cream truck coming down our street in the summer! My brother and I would always run into the house to get my mom so she could pay for our $0.25 cent ice cream treat. One of my favorite ice cream bars to get were the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake. They were so delicious and the crumble topping on the outside of the ice cream bar was the best part.

And now that we are full swing into summer, I thought I would make these Strawberry Shortcake Bars topped with a ton of the best part of those Good Humor bars, the strawberry crumble!

I could just eat a handful or two of this delicious crumble, it’s amazing and I think I need to put it on everything like cookies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, yogurt whatever I am eating needs to have some strawberry vanilla crumble on it. Trust me it’s that good!

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

JUST A FEW BAKING TIPS:

LINE YOUR BAKING PAN: To make it super easy for you to cut these bars into squares, line your 9×9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on the sides and spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Once the bars have cooled lift the bars out of the pan, folding down the aluminum foil sides. Use a sharp knife to cut these bars into squares.

 CRUMBLE: Keep an eye on the crumble when baking it, to make sure it doesn’t burn! I checked and stirred mine at 5 minutes to make sure the crumble was not burning. After baking the crumble for 10 minutes, I put the whole pan in the freezer for another 10 minutes to cool it down quickly so that I could SPRINKLE the crumble on top of the  frosted bars.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO MAKE THESE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE BARS:

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Bars

Yield: 12 Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

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Ingredients:

VANILLA BARS:
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
STRAWBERRY VANILLA CRUMBLE:
  • 1 (3 oz.) package strawberry gelatin mix, dry
  • 1 (3 oz.) package vanilla INSTANT pudding mix, dry
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, divided
COOL WHIP FROSTING:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed

Directions:

PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 9x9 cake pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

STEP 1: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, mix together the cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil until combined and dough forms.

STEP 2: Press dough evenly into prepared pan using a spatula. Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Let cool completely before frosting.

MAKE CRUMBLE:

STEP 3: In a small bowl combine the strawberry gelatin mix, 4 Tablespoons butter, and 1/2 cup flour. Using a fork to mix ingredients together until crumble forms. In another small bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mix, 4 Tablespoons butter, and 1/2 cup flour. Using a fork to mix ingredients together until crumble forms.

STEP 4: Spread both the strawberry and vanilla crumble onto a lined cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Bake at 350F degrees for 10 minutes. *Check crumble at 5 minutes, stirring so that the crumble doesn't burn. Place pan in freezer for 10 minutes to cool down the crumble quickly to sprinkle on top of bars.

MAKE FROSTING:

STEP 5: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and Cool Whip blending on high until frosting is light and fluffy.

STEP 5: Frost top of cooled bars and sprinkle a generous amount crumble on top. Cut into squares and enjoy!

NOTES:

*STORE: Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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38 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake Bars”

  1. triple s — June 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Hi if I decided to make a cake instead of bars can put a little bit of crumbles between the cake and the rest on the outside of cake.

    • Jenn — July 5th, 2016 @ 11:13 am

      Yes, you can! 🙂

  2. Shonda — February 3, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Hi, I wanted to make this in a cake form not bars…I’d this possible…would I just make a regular cake then frost and crumble?

    • Jenn — February 6th, 2016 @ 8:30 am

      Exactly!! Just make the crumble and sprinkle it on top of your cake! Enjoy!

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  4. Kim — December 14, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Oh. My. Heavens!!! I LOVE those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars!!! I cannot WAIT to try these! You’re a genius!

  5. Danielle — December 10, 2015 at 1:37 am

    Hi! Do I use a 9×9 or 9×13? In your baking tips; you say line a 9×13, but in the recipe directions it says 9×9……can’t wait to make/try these! Yum! Thanks!

    • Jenn — December 10th, 2015 @ 10:21 am

      Thanks for pointing that out to me! It was a typo…you will use a 9×9 inch baking pan! Enjoy 🙂

  6. Cherise — November 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    How would I make these chocolate? What kind of jello could I use? 

    • Jenn — November 29th, 2015 @ 10:58 am

      You could try using chocolate Jello!?

  7. April — November 10, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I was wondering if you can double the recipe and if so how long would you bake it 

    • Jenn — November 10th, 2015 @ 2:07 pm

      I would not double this recipe but you could make two batches. If you doubled the recipe the bars would come out WAY to thick!

  8. Courtney Lynn — September 28, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Hi!! A friend made these for her party and they are soo delicious! I want to make these for an event and was wondering if I could make these the night before?

    • Jenn — September 29th, 2015 @ 10:23 am

      Yes, you can make them the night before! 🙂

  9. Corinna — September 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Can these put stored in the freezer?

    • Jenn — September 3rd, 2015 @ 3:03 pm

      Yes, you can store them in the freezer.

  10. Abbie — July 15, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Love these so yummy! Do NOT use fat free cool whip it doesnt get fluffy!

  11. Laura — July 9, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’ve made it today for a family cookout. Cannot wait to try it. Question though. Is this meant for two pans?  I have enough middle and top layer for another cake…even after generously coating the first (bonus!). Just curious.  Thanks much.

  12. Carlee — June 24, 2015 at 9:13 am

    These look amazing!  These are some of my favorite flavors.  I need to make these soon. 

  13. Pamela — June 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I have made this bars which are absolutely delicious and get great reviews from family & friends. Also tried lime jello instead of strawberry. Talk about yummo. My next try is gonna be either orange or lemon. Thanks for sharing these great recipe.

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  15. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T — January 31, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t know how I missed these last summer since I stalk your blog, but now I know I can’t live without them! My favorite ice cream bar. You’re my hero! Pinned!

  16. nia — October 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Made this today and it is TO DIE FOR!!!  Thanks for the recipe.  I’ve been looking for a strawberry cake like this all my life.

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — October 30th, 2014 @ 11:32 am

      I’m so glad you loved my Strawberry Shortcake Bars recipe! 🙂

  17. sandi — July 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I made these over the 4th of July weekend and they were fantastic! I brought the leftovers to work and have passed out the recipe several times. Thank you for such a tasty treat!!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — July 8th, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

      Sandi,

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad you love my Strawberry Shortcake Bars, they are one of my favorites!

  18. dina — June 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    i love the strawberry good humor bars. this is a great idea. it looks delicious!

  19. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — June 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    This looks so good! The crumble is awesome!

  20. Martha @ A Family Feast — June 13, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I love this recipe!! Pinned!

  21. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — June 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Those are seriously the most fun bars I have seen today! Love the strawberry crumble that you came up with for the topping!!! Awesome!

  22. Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy — June 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Holy amazing! These look so good, I want to sink my teeth into that layer of shortcake – YUM!!! Pinned & Stumbled!

  23. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — June 13, 2014 at 8:38 am

    These are so fun! I love Good Humor (obviously!) So fun we both did the complementary flavors 🙂 Pinned!

  24. Chloe @ foodlikecake — June 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

    That strawberry crumble is amazing!!

  25. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — June 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Love that crumb topping!

  26. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — June 13, 2014 at 7:51 am

    The good humor bars are the best, but these look even better! What beautiful pictures! Love the topping, too. This could serve as my breakfast, right? 🙂 Pinned!

  27. Beth @ The First Year — June 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Jenn, you and your bars! You are always whipping up something tasty!

  28. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 13, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Oh! I did Strawberry Shortcake today too! Great minds!
    Love these bars! So perfect for Summer! Pinned 🙂

  29. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — June 13, 2014 at 6:09 am

    These bars look divine. Loving the sound of that strawberry vanilla crumble!!

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