Strawberries and Cream Dessert Squares
Recipe from Betty Crocker

Voted Best Red Carpet Dessert of 2008! Looking for that new dessert to wow a crowd? It's the one that you'll make over and over, and everyone asks for the recipe? Try this one, made easier with a cookie mix.



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Servings: 20
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Related Categories: Cookies, Desserts, Fruit, Strawberries
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Ingredients
    Crust
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      Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix (1 pound 1.5 ounces)
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      1/2  cup 
      butter or margarine, softened
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      egg
    Filling
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      white vanilla baking chips (6 ounces)
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      cream cheese, softened (8 ounces)
    Topping
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      4   cups 
      sliced fresh strawberries
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      1/2  cup 
      sugar
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      2   tablespoons 
      cornstarch
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      water
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      drops red food color, if desired

    Directions
    1.
    Heat oven to 350 degrees 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 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.
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    Nutrition information
    Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 270, Fat, total (g) 13, chol. (mg) 35, sat. fat (g) 8, carb. (g) 34, Trans fatty acid (g) 1, sugar (g) 24, pro. (g) 3, vit. A (IU) 292, vit. C (mg) 21, sodium (mg) 150, calcium (mg) 20, iron (mg) 1, Starch () 1, Other Carb () 1, Fat () 3, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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