Strawberry Pie Bars

by aimee @ shugarysweets on August 5, 2013

Why not make a pan of these easy Strawberry Pie Bars! From the delicious crust to the cream cheese glaze these are a crowd pleaser!

Strawberry Pie Bars: no crust to roll out, easy, delicious pie in a bar form! With a cream cheese glaze too

I may have mentioned it once or twice, but I am NOT good at making pie crust. For whatever reason, I think I just don’t have the patience.

Which is odd really. I can roll dough. I make sugar cookies. And cinnamon rolls. And bread. But when it comes to making a pie crust, I usually opt for Pillsbury!

Today’s recipe is for pie bars. You may remember these Peach Pie Bars I made last fall. They were delicious! The cinnamon glaze on top was perfect.

Strawberry Pie Bars: no crust to roll out, easy, delicious pie in a bar form! With a cream cheese glaze too

The only problem with that recipe, is unless you are serving a large crowd, it makes a LOT of pie bars! Perfect for a potluck. Yes! For someone who is trying to watch what she eats? Nope. Not so much. It’s so good I can’t keep my fork off of it!

These Strawberry Pie bars though are another story. I made them in a 13×9 baking dish. The perfect size for my family of 6. I topped them with a cream cheese glaze.

We ate some for breakfast. Then again a slice for dessert! Done.

If you prefer to make your own strawberry filling, that’s totally cool!! ENJOY!

Strawberry Pie Bars: no crust to roll out, easy, delicious pie in a bar form! With a cream cheese glaze too

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Strawberry Pie Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 12-16 bars

Ingredients

    For the Batter:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 can (21oz) Strawberry Pie Filling
  • For the Glaze:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add in eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in flour, salt, baking powder and vanilla. Spread batter into a 13x9 baking dish. Top with strawberry pie filling.
  2. Bake pie bars in a 350 degree oven for about 28-32 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool before adding the glaze.
  3. For the glaze, beat cream cheese with powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spoon into a ziploc bag and cut off the tip. Pipe lines of glaze onto cooled bars. Serve warm or refrigerate and enjoy cold.
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Strawberry Pie Filling is not only perfect in these bars, but also on puff pastry. Try making your own toaster struedels for breakfast!!

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These Orange and Strawberry Steusel Bars are easy to make, and perfect when you want to enjoy a sweet pastry!

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Other great “PIE” desserts….

No Bake Apple Pie Cheesecakes: so creamy and delicious!!

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More recipes from some of my favorite blogs…

Strawberry Cream Pie from Chef in Training

Strawberry Hand Pies from It Bakes Me Happy

Mini Strawberry Pies from Inside BruCrew Life

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Abbie August 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

These pie bars are gorgeous!! I love how simple and pretty they are. :)
I can totally sympathize with you on the pie crust thing.. I have a friend who makes the most amazing, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pie crust on her blueberry pie. But when I try to make it? Yeah. End of story. xD I’m just not a crust girl! It’s sad.
Strawberries + cream cheese? Loving it. :) Pinning this!

p.s. oh, those toaster strudels are so cute!! Pinning that, too! :D
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marcie@flavor the moments August 5, 2013 at 8:30 pm

This is my kind of pie. I’m lazy when it comes to pie (I’m not calling YOU lazy, BTW)! Pie dough does require patience and time, and maybe one day I’ll get good at it and make it more. These pie bars look perfectly scrumptious and sound easy, which is just the way I like it!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Hmm, can I call myself a lazy pie crust maker?

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Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen August 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

These bars are absolutely gorgeous! The sound delicious and perfect for potlucks or just at home. I love the stripes of the cream cheese glaze on top!
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Heather August 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Oh my dear goodness Aimee! I can’t wait to make these bad boys, although if I can’t fit in my bathing suit I’m coming for ya ;)
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Ha, clearly you haven’t read my disclaimers close enough! Not responsible for weight gain ;) Thanks for stopping by Heather!

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Eva @ Eva Bakes August 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Whoah. Just Whoah. Need. To. Make. Immediately.
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Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen August 6, 2013 at 2:38 am

Strawberry, crust and cream cheese?! You got me here sister!! LOVE!
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Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 6, 2013 at 2:48 am

Looks AMAZING! Will definitely be putting this on my to-bake list. Pinning!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thanks for pinning Anne!

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Lisa August 6, 2013 at 7:53 am

This is great!! I now have several options for breakfasts and desserts when we have overnight guests. The bars looks amazing and so yummy!!
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Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent August 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

These look amazing! Yum!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thank you Laura!

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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet August 6, 2013 at 10:58 am

I love all things strawberry so I know this could become a quick favorite of mine!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Thanks Nancy, add in the fact they are so easy to make too!

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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner August 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

I want one for breakfast right now please. :) Gosh, these look so so delicious! You are an amazing baker, so I find it hard to believe you can’t make pie crust…nonetheless maybe you may have never created this awesome goodie. Definitely need to try this!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

You are too sweet Tina!!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

Just like you, Aimee, I have no patience for pie crust. Just can’t do it! But these bars – oh boy! These look fabulous!
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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Thanks Anna, sometimes shortcuts are worth it :)

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Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life August 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

Pie crusts scare me, too! I think, like you, the patience just isn’t there. Nor is countertop space:) These look amazing! Especially that glaze on top of the bright red filling!

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aimee @ shugarysweets August 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Yes, counter space is important for pie crust!

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Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry August 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

These pie bars are perfect for somebody who else is than stellar at making pie crust!
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Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig August 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

This looks super fancy and easy to make. Love what you’ve done with this awesome summer fruit.
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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats August 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

These look fabulous! Why am I always scared of Strawberry Pie filling? It must be good if you used it :)
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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I’m all about the easiness of pie bars! Love the cream cheese glaze on these!
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Mimi @ Culinary Couture August 7, 2013 at 3:36 am

These look awesome! Even though I’m pretty decent at making pie crust, bars are just so much easier and funner (is that a word?) to put together! Them and galettes!

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Ashley August 7, 2013 at 7:23 am

These look like such a perfect breakfast treat! (or dessert obviously lol) Especially with that cream cheese glaze!
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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen August 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I love how sweet and easy these are! Perfect for a quick mid week treat!!!
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Nora @ Buttercream Fanatic August 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Who needs pie when you have these perfect little fruity squares!?? Plus, I love the glaze, which is a lovely touch that you’d miss in a pie.
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust August 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I’m in love with these! I almost prefer pie bars to regular pie. It’s the thicker crust, I think. :)
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Nutmeg Nanny August 17, 2013 at 3:20 pm

These pie bars look so delightful :) I can’t wait to make this recipe myself!

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Dana November 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

OMG I am SO glad I came across your adorable blog–These bars are perfect!! And stunning! I was looking to make some sort of ‘strawberry crumble bar’ – I have all of the ingredients to this recipe and can’t wait to make them!! :)
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Jen September 15, 2014 at 8:11 pm

I just made these and the entire middle was pure goo, did not harden up at all no matter how long I cooked them for. Horrible recipe and I followed the directions exactly. Waste of money and time.

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aimee @ shugarysweets September 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Hmmm, I would double check your ingredient measurements. I’ve made these numerous times, with different pie fillings, delicious each time. Sorry it didn’t turn out for you, I know how disappointing that can be!
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MamaFel November 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Do you have an estimate on how long it takes to cool off before you glaze it?

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aimee @ shugarysweets November 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Long enough so the glaze doesn’t melt. I would say 15-30 minutes minimum :)

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