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Strawberry-Filled Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

strawberry-filled lemon cream cheese bars Dessert
Strawberry-Filled Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 15 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 32

Delicious strawberry-filled bars recipe – a delightful dessert with cream cheese, sugar and margarita mix!

Updated August 23, 2011

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.

  • 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 Facts

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
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Sodium
160mg
7%
Potassium
40mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
14g
Protein
1g
% 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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