Strawberry Shortbread Bars

It’s strawberry season!! I love these ruby gems of sweetness. And I love shortbread. I decided to make some changes to my recipe and add these yummy berries to them. They came out softer than regular shortbread (you almost needed a fork) and burst with strawberry flavor!

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Is a Strawberry a Berry?

I love berries – but strawberries are not really a berry – at least botanically!!

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Berries are formed like other fruits. They flower, form seeds and have the fleshy part around those seed. They have a skin or outer tissue that holds the seeds inside while they mature. A strawberry, on the other  hand, is a pseudocarp, or “false fruit”.

Both blackberries and strawberries are not a single fruit, but rather many fruits that grow together in a single receptacle. In the case of the strawberry, it is hundreds of fruits!! All those seeds represent one fruit.

But berry or not, these tasty, sweet little gems are wonderful in your mouth!

Making the Shortcake Bars

These cookies are made like any shortcake cookie, but with a little extra sugar and some sliced strawberries mixed in. They are slightly softer than a shortbread cookie. Mine came out almost like a breakfast pastry – serve with a fork! They are so good and so easy to make! My husband, who claims not to like shortbread, left me with one cookie!!

Start by creaming together the butter, sugar and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients and mix on high until you have a crumbly, soft dough.

Next, add half the strawberries and mix on low

just long enough to mix them in.

Gently stir in the remaining strawberries by hand.

Spread the dough out in a lightly oiled 9″ pie plate or an 8X8″ square pan. Gently press down to flatten the dough.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. Be careful not to let the sides burn.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Cut into 8 to 9 pieces and enjoy!! If you eat them warm you will need a fork!

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5 from 4 votes
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Strawberry Shortbread Bars

A classic shortbread cookie with strawberries added - a perfect breakfast pastry

Course: brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, cookies, Scottish, summer
Keyword: barbecue, browned butter, cookkie, puff pastry, strawberries, strawberry, summer
Servings: 8 to 9 cookies
Author: HelenFern
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 cup sliced, fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

  2. Start by creaming together the butter, sugar and vanilla.

  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix on high until you have a crumbly, soft dough.

  4. Next, add half the strawberries and mix on low just long enough to mix them in. Gently stir in the remaining strawberries by hand.

  5. Spread the dough out in a lightly oiled 9" pie plate or an 8X8" square pan. Gently press down to flatten the dough.

  6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. Be careful not to let the sides burn.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

  8. Cut into 8 to 9 pieces and enjoy!! If you eat them warm you will need a fork!

Recipe Notes

 

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6 Responses to Strawberry Shortbread Bars

  1. Jenna says:

    My mouth is watering, these sound so good!

  2. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    Yum! What a fun new way to make shortbread. Reminds me of scones! Can’t wait to try these!

  3. JC says:

    5 stars
    These were absolutely delicious and the perfect use for fresh strawberries!

  4. Erin says:

    5 stars
    These bars were so easy to make! And so much strawberry flavor. Will make them again soon! Thanks.

  5. Swathi says:

    5 stars
    Strawberry shortbread bars look delicious I tried it yesterday so yum.

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