strawberry bars with cream cheese frosting…

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Valentines day…what a bust. Now I’m going to be completely honest, I actually do like valentines day, but not for all the reasons you may think. It just flabergasts me every year how some dummy dum guy would spend $40 on flowers, really dude, their flowers that are going to die in 2 days. Every commercial that comes on tv, “buy her diamonds, or she will hate your forever….” , seriously I don’t need diamonds, and  I don’t want $40 flowers. I just want a normal valentines day, like when we were kids, you got a sweet 4 inch by 4 inch card from the boy you liked that said something really cheesy and a piece of candy taped to it. As I said before I do enjoy valentines day, my favorite color is pink, I adore anything covered in glitter, I like handmade cards, and my favorite food group is sweets – all these things add up to valentines day being one of my favorites. Today’s recipe is really simple, a boxed cake mix turned into a cake brownie, well it’s not cake and it’s not really a brownie, so for the sake of your sanity, let just call them “bars”. These are so nice to take to work or school, it’s makes a 9 x 13 pan so there is plenty for sharing. You can also make these in any flavor you wish, strawberry and cream cheese frosting is what I’ve made them in today, but I also do them in chocolate chip as well. So whip up a batch in your favorite flavor, and spread some love… happy valentines day yall….

from me two you,

Sarah

strawberry bars with cream cheese frosting

1 box strawberry cake mix

1 small box strawberry pudding instant mix

1/4 C. water

3/4 C. vegetable oil

2 eggs

– combine all ingredients into large bowl. mix well to combine. dough will be thicker than normal cake mix.

– spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. and pour batter into pan, (batter will be thick, so i will just use my hands and press batter to even it out in pan.)

– bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.

– let cake cool completely before topping with icing.

cream cheese frosting

4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)

2 C. powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 T. milk

* optional food coloring – 1 drop blue + 1 drop green = minty green

– beat cream cheese in small bowl making sure it is completely soft.

– add in sugar, vanilla, and stir until combined. add milk in as needed. feel free to add more if you would like icing to be thinner. add in food coloring if you wish.

– pour icing onto bars and refrigerate 1 hour. serve and enjoy.

* to make chocolate chip cookie bars, use a confetti cake mix, vanilla pudding, and add in 1 C. chocolate chips to the above recipe.

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36 thoughts on “strawberry bars with cream cheese frosting…

  1. These bars look so yummy! I could easily eat 2-6 of them in one setting. Anything with cream cheese frosting is good! Thanks for the recipe, this will be a good one for my son Max to make!

    • thank you tahny…oh they would be perfect for you son to make..i’ve already had one today and its only 11am.darn those cookie bars, they just keep calling my name…thanks for stopping by..sarah

  2. Yay! Your posts are always so much fun. There will be no Saint-Valentine’s here tomorrow though, my anti-saint-valentine’s-boyfriend always has it his way – not that I mind ; I might just make something special for the blog if not for him (though he will get to eat whatever I make…). Oh well 🙂

    • 🙂 well that just means you can make whatever you like and have seconds just because you can! thank you for such a lovely comment, you’ve just made my day… thanks for taking time to stop by today…cant wait to see what you decided to make…sarah

  3. omg I am so with you on everything you said about valentine’s day! I’m not a fan of expensive flowers either as its true, they only last a couple of days…I would much rather receive a handmade card 🙂 these bars looks pretty tasty and perfect for the occasion!

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  5. I love your approach to Valentine’s Day and your baking sings to me, wow I am definitely going to be craving these for the remainder of this morning 🙂 Mmmm

  6. I am totally with you! My boyfriend was going to buy flowers and I was like NO! I would rather you spend $40 on me in another way than on flowers that are going to die (well already dead) like you said. I do enjoy doing stuff for the people I love but that is something I do often 🙂 These are cute little treats! The color and brightness makes me smile 🙂

    • thanks lilly sue…well i hope your boyfriend got you something nice..lol pink and minty green are my favorite colors, they always make me smile too… thanks for taking time to stop by today…sarah

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