Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars

These Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars are pure magic.  Made with fresh strawberries and a sugar cookie layer, they are seriously amazing!

These Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars are pure magic. Made with fresh strawberries and a sugar cookie layer, they are seriously amazing!


I had another Grinch heart growing by 8 sizes I guess I won’t trade my children for goats moment the other day.

So we were at the zoo, and I was pretty sure that I could find a group of three goats while we were there who would be easier to manage than my three monsters.  I was just making my selections when the most magical parenting moment happened.

These Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars are pure magic. Made with fresh strawberries and a sugar cookie layer, they are seriously amazing!

We were playing at the playground, because, obviously why would you want to talk to an African Elephant when you could, oh, I don’t know, go down a slide 7,432 times?  Anyway, we were playing at the playground and it is a brand new one, so the kids were extra pumped.

Gavin was climbing to this extra high level and Quinn was following him.  I was standing off at the edge of the playground with Piper and the stroller reminding myself every three seconds that checking my email on my phone was not an option.  Anyway, I see Gavin come sliding down the extra high slide  . . . . but Quinn is not sliding down right behind him.  I look up to see Quinn poking her little nose through the bars at the top . . . tears in her eyes . . . looking at me pleadingly.

She was too scared to come down.

Well.  This is a fine pickle.  Options:  Abandon the baby to climb to the top and coax the toddler down the slide . . . . Nope.

I know!  Scream at the toddler to come down!  “Quinn!  You are fine!  It is a slide!  Come down, buddy!!!”

More tears.

Gavin looks at me from across the playground and I swear something came over him.  He looks at me and says, “Mom, is Quinn stuck at the top?  Don’t worry!  I’ve got her!”  And he runs up to the top of the playground.  I’m thinking to myself, “Yeah, good luck, kid,” when I see them talking to each other.  He is being super animated and before I know it, they are both flying down the two slides.  They pop out of the bottom and Gavin high fives Quinn and tells her she did a great job!

When they got to me I gave Quinn a huge hug and congratulated her and then I turned to Gavin and said, “What did you say??” And he said, “I just told her that she needed to be brave.  She’s always brave when I tell her she needs to be.”

Cue the heart swelling.

These Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars are pure magic. Made with fresh strawberries and a sugar cookie layer, they are seriously amazing!

So, in all honesty, these bars aren’t even a half as magical as that moment, but they are still pretty amazing.  They are a tiny bit putzy.  I mean you have to make the graham cracker layer, the sugar cookie layer, and the strawberry cream layer, but they are totally worth it.  They are gooey and delicious and so packed with strawberry goodness!


Strawberries and Cream Magic Bars


  • 9 graham cracker sheets (approximately 5.4 oz worth), crushed
  • 6 TBSPs of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 TBSPs granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup quartered fresh strawberries, pureed
  • 4 oz room temperature cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the graham crackers, the 6 TBSPs of butter (melted) and the 2 TBSPs of sugar. Press into the bottom of the pan.
  3. In a different bowl, mix together 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp baking powder, set aside.
  4. Beat together 3/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 cup unsalted butter until creamy, about two minutes. Add in the egg and then the vanilla until just combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture until it is fully combined.
  5. Very carefully spread the cookie dough mixture on top of the graham cracker crust. The easiest way to do this is to take small amounts, flatten it in your hands, and set it on the crust. You may not be able to entirely cover the graham cracker crust, that's okay.
  6. Beat together the cream cheese and the 1/2 cup pureed strawberries. Spread evenly over the cookie dough.
  7. Evenly spread the 1/2 cup sliced strawberries over the cream cheese layer. Top with the white chocolate chips and then evenly cover with the sweetened condensed milk.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Refrigerate overnight before slicing. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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  1. says

    That IS a magical moment. My son would’ve left my daughter up there to go play. I mean, I love him, but that’s how he does. So I super appreciate your moment!
    These bars are not quite as magical, as you point out, but they’re pretty dang close. I’ve never thought of doing strawberry before!
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  2. says

    OK, you’re kids are just the cutest! If it were my troop, one of them would have just gone back up and pushed the other down the slide! But way to go on Gavin helping Quinn overcome the fear!

    And those bars? Yup, almost as magical – they look amazeballs. But this… Well. This is a fine pickle.”, are you sure you’re not secretly British. You sure sound it. I’mma cracking up.
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    • says

      Hahahahaha Lisa!! I wish I was British!!!! My husband and I spent a week in London during our honeymoon and it was one of the best vacations of our lives! We loved the food, the people, the exploring, and most of all the TV, LOL!

    • says

      Jaren, they have been SO rare this summer. Most of the time my older two are trying to straight up MURDER each other. That’s probably why the moment stuck out for me so much!

  3. says

    I love this story. I’m a step-mom to 2, and so proud of the way they get along. Sure, there are squabbles now and again, but when stuff hits the fan, they have each others’ backs. This post got me right in the feels!

  4. Catherine says

    What do you mean by graham cracker sheets? Is this just one individual cracker or two which are attached or the sheet of four crackers? I am very anxious to make this desert and not sure just what to do. Thank you for your help.

  5. says

    You had me at magic and this post indeed is magic! :)) Anyway, I love this recipe, sound simple and looks divine, I have to try this out as soon as my strawberries grow! Great recipe! – Love, Anna

  6. Tricia says

    I am baking these now. However, the sweetened condensed milk looks very runny and unbaked. Is that what it should look like?

    • Jduerr says

      I just made these and had the same issue. I am going to cover the edges with foil since they are starting to brown and bake a few minutes longer.. Hoepfully this works. I think it may have had more filling towards the middle.

  7. Debbie Avino says

    I think this recipe needs more strawberries. One cup of berries for a 9 by 13 pan doesn’t seem like enough to cover the pan.

  8. Kathy H. says

    Do you think these bars would taste ok if I left out the white chocolate chips? Or maybe substitute something else for them?

    • says

      I think they would be okay without the white chocolate chips, but would definitely have a different flavor. You could try them with milk chocolate chips, or maybe nuts (though that would be a *really* different flavor).

  9. Lisa Gounden says

    Lisa i just want to say that you have some great affordable recipes. I will definitely try them out for my kids

  10. Amanda says

    How long will th we keep in the fridge? Do they get soggy after a few days? Looking for something I can make on a Friday evening for a Monday afternoon party. Thanks!

  11. R. Solberg says

    These bars are scrumptious, but that said, very putzy. I love to cook and bake and these took hours and were messy. I do have one piece of advice that helped a ton. When putting the cookie dough on the crust, I sprayed two pieces of wax paper with cooking spray and then flattened pieces of the dough in between. Worked like a charm

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