Easy Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Check out this delicious strawberry layered dessert with a smooth, buttery shortbread crust! It’s made from scratch with only seven ingredients and four easy steps!

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Easy Strawberry Shortbread Bars

“It’s Friday! It’s Friday! Best day of the week! Best day of the week!” You have to sing that part. I learned it from my husband who learned it from his mom. It’s has a catchy tune. I would add an audio sound bite, but you really don’t want to hear me sing.

It’s been a long week for me… a lot of recipe testing, broken dishes, family stuff, annoying allergies, and furniture shopping where my relationship with Scott was tested… ha ha… Although we found that we both have a love of mid-century modern couches and soft, plush rugs.. who knew?

All of that has taken me to the point of sleepy tiredness that even coffee can’t fix. Don’t tell coffee that. I love you, coffee.

Baked shortbread in a parchment paper-lined square baking pan.

This is the baked bottom shortbread layer.

Soft and spongy strawberry layer baked on top of shortbread in a parchment-paper lined baking pan.

This is the baked strawberry layer.

Pink strawberry shortbread bars on a round wooden platter and on a small white plate.

These strawberry shortbread bars are the perfect dessert to end the week.

First of all, it’s very easy to make and contains few ingredients. These bars uses pantry baking ingredients that are already likely in your cabinet or easily obtainable at the supermarket.

The strawberry layer, which uses a fresh strawberry puree, is spongy and soft and since it is heavy on eggs, it is almost like a custard, but holds its shape.

The simple four-ingredient shortbread is crunchy, buttery, and melts-in-your-mouth. It’s great on it’s own, but even better with that strawberry layer on top. The layers are relatively even in thickness (my favourite) so you get a mix of both flavours and textures with each bite.

Pink strawberry shortbread bars with fresh strawberry slices on top on a round wooden platter and on a small white plate.

Just prior to serving, I like to add slices of strawberries to up the strawberry flavour (sigh… obviously), which gives it a little more colour and let’s people know what’s in the bars if you are serving it to family and friends.

Cut it up into as many pieces as you want. The hardest thing about this recipe is to wait for it cool down before eating.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Closeup side angled view of a strawberry shortbread bar with strawberry slices on top -more in the background.
Easy Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Easy Strawberry Shortbread Bars

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours

Check out this delicious strawberry layered dessert with a smooth, buttery shortbread crust! It’s made from scratch with only seven ingredients and four easy steps!

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (6 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp salt

For the strawberry layer:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberry puree* (about 2 cups strawberries, hulled)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar

Optional:

  • Strawberry slices for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line a 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, combine together the crust ingredients until a smooth, soft dough forms. Press the dough evenly into a single layer in the baking pan. Bake for 17-20 minutes until puffed and lightly browned on the edges.
  3. As the crust is baking, prepare the strawberry layer. Using a clean electric mixer, whisk the strawberry layer ingredients together until uniform. Pour over the crust and bake for an additional 22-25 minutes, until firm to the touch.
  4. Let cool on a rack before refrigerating for at least two hours (better overnight). Cut into pieces and garnish with fresh strawberries slices before serving.

Notes

  • About 2 cups (4 ounces) of fresh, hulled strawberries was used to make the puree. I used a blender to break down the strawberries into a smooth liquid.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250 Total Fat: 13.5g Carbohydrates: 29.6g Protein: 3.9g
Nutritional values are estimated based on the ingredients used by the author; your ingredients may differ. These values are calculated using Nutritionix.
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14 thoughts on “Easy Strawberry Shortbread Bars”

  • Noooo furniture shopping, scratch that just shopping in general is a curse, unless it is for stuff I can eat of course. These look delicious!

  • Your singing cannot be worse than mine, I’ve had a friend’s young kid want to check I’m OK when she heard me singing, she thought someone was "hurting Aunty Kavey". These shortbread bars look so good, I’m a sucker for strawberry shortbread, but I love how you’ve done something a bit different with them!

  • That’s one way of getting extra fruit into your diet ;-)! I bet these would be good as part of a larger dinner party dessert too!

  • Strawberries are so great at this time of year, so this is an ideal treat for the weekend. The strawberry layer sounds rather delicious, and I like that the texure if softer.

    • Thanks Helen! I love the abundance of strawberries in the summertime! So perfect for desserts like this!

  • I hope your weekend will be more relaxing than your week. Although the shopping part can be stressful, I love getting new furnishing for the house. Enjoy your new couch! These bars look fantastic! It is such a nice blend of the buttery shortbread layer and the softer strawberry layer.

    • I agree! It is fun once we get on the same page on what to get (and that it fits in our budget! :))! We haven’t quite decided on what couch to get, but we’re getting there!

  • I made these last night. I wish I’d baked the shortbread layer longer (I did about 22 min when the edges started browning) because after I sliced into them, my bottom layer was doughy and still raw in spots. I also should have used more sugar in the strawberry layer because my strawberries were not in season and underripe – this could also be slightly alleviated with a sweet, whipped cream topping. Overall not bad; my own mistakes lowered the quality of the product.

    • Thank you for your review, Chelsea! I’m sorry that it didn’t turn out the way you wanted. Baking times can be tricky. A sweet whipped cream would be a great finishing touch. Wonderful idea!

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