Strawberry Custard Bars

Strawberry Custard Bars have a buttery crust, a super creamy custard-like filling with lots of chopped strawberries, and a cream cheese topping with a little tang. These scrumptious bars are perfect for celebrating Spring and strawberry season.

Strawberry Custard Bars

 

These Strawberry Custard Bars start with a buttery, chewy shortbread-like crust made from flour, sugar and butter.

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The filling has the texture of custard with lots of chopped strawberries. You can use either fresh or frozen strawberries. If you use frozen, fully defrost them and lay them out on several layers of paper towels to soak up excess moisture so that your filing won’t be runny.

Strawberry Custard Bars

 

There’s plenty of sweetness in the custard layer to compliment the strawberries and heavy whipping cream makes this layer super rich and creamy.

On top is a cream cheese layer with whipped cream mixed in to lighten it some and make it more spreadable.

Strawberry Custard Bars

Strawberry Custard Bars are great for spring potlucks and picnics!

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Strawberry Custard Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Strawberry Custard Bars have a buttery crust, a super creamy custard-like filling with lots of chopped strawberries, and a cream cheese topping with a little tang.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 24
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
Filling
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 5 cups chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen
Topping
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream or Cool whip
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine flour and sugar. Cut butter in with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

  2. While crust is baking, make filling. Stir together sugar and flour in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk in cream and eggs. 

  4. Stir in strawberries. Pour over crust and bake for about 45 minutes or until custard is set. Let cool.

  5. To make topping, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped cream. Spread mixture on top of filling. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before cutting into squares. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

If using frozen strawberries (which have more moisture) be sure to drain well. It's also a good idea to spread them out on some paper towels for 5 minutes or so to soak up some excess moisture.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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