I watch The Kitchen every Saturday, and most of the time, I end up making something from the show. It isn’t always the same, as I modify most of the recipes, but this time it was really close.
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bars was the original recipe. You can access it by clicking on the recipe.
2 cups shortbread crumbs (I used a box of Girl Scout Cookies – shortbread)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups of Triple Berry Frozen fruit
3/4 to 1 cup sugar (this depends on your preference of sweetness and the sweetness of your berries)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 cup Cool Whip
I did have some fresh berries as well, and added them to the bowl with the sugar and lemon zest. I let them set (at room temperature for about thirty minutes).Crush the cookies, and added the sugar and melted butter and mix together until incorporated.Press cookie mixture into a 9×9 casserole dish lined with parchment paper. Note: line the pan on all sides so that it won’t stick when frozen.Place the cream cheese into a blender add the berries, vanilla, and pulse until creamy. Pour the berry mixture into a bowl, and add the Cool Whip (or whipped topping) by folding in.Pour the berry mixture on top of the cookie crust, and smooth.Place pan in the freezer until set (about 3-4 hours).Remove from pan (again, should have lined the entire pan, but it wasn’t too stuck).Use a warm knife to cut into squares (David did this for me as it was difficult to cut through).The pieces were large, so we ended up cutting them into more of bite size pieces.These can be stored in the freezer for up to a month (Ziplock container). And for me, two pieces are the perfect size.
These really are simple, and no heating up the oven! Score!