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Strawberry Shortbread Bars – Easy Dessert

Strawberry Shortbread Bars combine a buttery shortbread crust with strawberry pie filling and a sweet vanilla glaze for an easy, fruity dessert! They have a double layer of buttery shortbread crust that comes together very quickly with only a few pantry ingredients.

strawberry shortbread bars in a white baking dish

Strawberry Shortbread Bars Recipe

Make any day feel like summer with these easy strawberry shortbread bars. Strawberry pie filling is used in this shortcut recipe so we can enjoy a delicious summer treat even when strawberries are not in season!

By adding lemon zest to the dough and lemon juice to the glaze it brightens up the flavors and gives them a tart contrast to the sweetness of the strawberry filling.

Strawberry Shortbread Bars on a blue plate

Part pie, part cookie bar, and completely delectable, these Strawberry Bars are a perfect on-the-go treat. These are easier to serve than slicing a pie and make a perfect dessert for sharing!

These bars are great all year round! Summer, spring, fall and winter since the recipes uses strawberry pie filling. I love making these bars as a holiday dessert. They are perfect for Christmas to add a bit of freshness and fruit to your dessert table.

What is in Strawberry Shortbread Bars?

ingredients to make strawberry shortbread bars

Star Ingredient

  • Butter… need I say more? The star of every great shortbread. Strawberry pie filling makes this a quick and easy year round dessert. Lemon zest in the crust and juice in the glaze adds the perfect amount of tang to compliment the sweetness of the filling.

How to Make Strawberry Shortbread Bars

steps for making strawberry shortbread bars

Full Printable Recipe Below

1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.

2 In a stand mixer or large bowl with a handheld mixer, cream butter, sugar, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy.

3 Add eggs, one at a time mixing after each addition, then vanilla and lemon zest. Beat until light and fluffy

4 Add half the flour and mix until just combined. Add the rest of the flour and mix until combined.

5 Spread 3/4 of the dough into the prepared pan to create the crust.

6 Evenly spread the strawberry pie filling over the crust.

7 Dollop the remaining dough by teaspoonful over the filling.

8 Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.

9 Cool completely in pan and then chill for 30 minutes.

10 Stir all of the glaze ingredients together until fully combined and there are no lumps. Add milk as needed to thin out the glaze. The glaze should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

11 Drizzle glaze over cooled bars. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

strawberry shortbread bars in a white baking dish

How to Store Strawberry Shortbread Bars

  • Store: Refrigerate Strawberry Bars in an airtight container for up to 1 week. For best taste and texture, bring to room temperature before serving.
  • Freeze: Cool bars completely, cut (unglazed), and freeze Strawberry Bars in a single layer on a baking sheet for 1 hour. Transfer to a sealed container or freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving and glaze.
Strawberry Shortbread Bars on a blue plate

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Enjoy!

– Sab

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strawberry shortbread bars in a white baking dish

Strawberry Shortbread Bars

These Strawberry Bars combine a buttery shortbread crust with strawberry pie filling and a sweet vanilla glaze for an easy, fruity summertime dessert! They have a double layer of buttery shortbread crust that comes together very quickly with only a few pantry ingredients.
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 bars
Calories 166 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 ½ cup flour, all purpose
  • 1 can strawberry pie filling, 21 ounces

Glaze

  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsp milk, as needed

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a stand mixer or large bowl with a handheld mixer, cream butter, sugar, and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, one at a time mixing after each addition, then vanilla and lemon zest. Beat until light and fluffy
  • Add half the flour and mix until just combined. Add the rest of the flour and mix until combined.
  • Spread 3/4 of the dough into the prepared pan to create the crust.
  • Evenly spread the strawberry pie filling over the crust.
  • Dollop the remaining dough by teaspoonful over the filling.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Cool completely in pan and then chill for 30 minutes.
  • Stir all of the glaze ingredients together until fully combined and there are no lumps. Add milk as needed to thin out the glaze. The glaze should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Drizzle glaze over cooled bars. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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NUTRITION

Calories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 82mgPotassium: 24mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 209IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
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