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Strawberry-Filled Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

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  4 reviews
  • 30 min prep time
  • 2 hr 15 min total time
  • 10 ingredients
  • 32 servings
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Delicious strawberry-filled bars recipe – a delightful dessert with cream cheese, sugar and margarita mix!

Ingredients

Base

1
box lemon or yellow cake mix
1/2
cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2
cup finely chopped almonds
1
cup strawberry preserves or jelly

Filling

1
package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4
cup sugar
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
egg
1/2
cup frozen concentrated margarita mix, thawed

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease 13x9-inch pan. Place cake mix in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until crumbly. Add almonds; mix well. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Stir preserves until smooth; carefully spread over base.
  • 2 In same bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, salt and egg with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add margarita mix; beat at low speed until blended. Carefully pour filling over base. Sprinkle reserved base mixture over filling.
  • 3 Bake 34 to 41 minutes or until edges begin to brown and center is set. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease 13x9-inch pan. Place cake mix in large bowl. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until crumbly. Add almonds; mix well. Reserve 1 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Stir preserves until smooth; carefully spread over base.
  • 2 In same bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, salt and egg with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add margarita mix; beat at low speed until blended. Carefully pour filling over base. Sprinkle reserved base mixture over filling.
  • 3 Bake 34 to 41 minutes or until edges begin to brown and center is set. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

For an adult gathering, serve this dessert as part of a Mexican-themed dinner. Start the party with margaritas (the kids can have lemonade), then move on to Beef Enchilada Casserole, along with a tossed salad. Cap off the meal with these margarita-flavored bars.

Pictured with Sunburst Lemon Bars.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
160
Calories from Fat
60
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
11%
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
18%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
160mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
14g
14%
Protein
1g
1%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
2%
2%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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