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If you are a strawberry lover, these strawberry shortcake brownies with their moist cake, creamy filling, and sweet crunchy topping, will delight your senses and satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Table of Contents
  1. Strawberry Shortcake Brownies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Strawberry Shortcake Brownies Recipe
  4. How To Serve Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Brownies
  5. Storing This Strawberry Crunch Brownies Recipe
  6. Why We Love This Recipe
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. More Recipes You’ll Love
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These delicious strawberry shortcake brownies will make your taste buds go crazy! With a creamy frosting layer sandwiched between a crunchy strawberry crumble top and a rich strawberry cake bottom, these decadent brownies are sure to be a hit.

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Strawberry Shortcake Brownies Ingredients

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This strawberry shortcake brownie recipe is a delectable treat that combines moist and fruity strawberry-infused brownies with a cream cheese frosting.

A crunchy strawberry shortcake crumble made from Golden Oreos and strawberry gelatin rounds out the dessert, creating indulgent flavors and textures.

You’ll need:

For The Brownies:

  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix
  • ½ cup of salted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of strawberry gelatin

For The Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8-ounce block of cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup of salted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream

For The Strawberry Shortcake Crumble:

  • 20 Golden Oreos (about ½ standard package)
  • 4 tablespoons of strawberry gelatin (the remaining amount in the package)
  • 4 tablespoons of salted butter, melted

Substitutions And Additions

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Add ½-1 cup of white chocolate chips to the cake mix for a sweet surprise in this easy recipe.

STRAWBERRY CAKE MIX: If you’re feeling adventurous or prefer a different flavor, you can experiment with different cake mix flavors.

Try using a vanilla or chocolate cake mix for a unique twist on these brownies.

Keep in mind that this will alter the overall flavor, but it can be a fun way to customize the recipe to your taste.

GOLDEN OREOS: While Golden Oreos are fantastic for the crumble, you can switch things up by using chocolate sandwich cookies or graham crackers.

The chocolate cookies will provide a chocolatey contrast to the strawberry flavor, while graham crackers will bring a subtle, honeyed note to the mix.

How To Make This Strawberry Shortcake Brownies Recipe

These brownies are easy to make since they start with a boxed cake mix. Whip up the frosting and crumble topping to finish them off before digging in.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper, spray with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can also bake in a 9×13-inch baking dish. The brownies will be thinner, but there will still be enough frosting and cookie crumble to cover in thinner layers. The brownies will also bake in less time.

STEP TWO: Mix strawberry cake mix, ½ cup melted butter, eggs, and two tablespoons of strawberry gelatin in a medium bowl until well combined. The batter will be thick.

PRO TIP:

Adding some of the strawberry gelatin into the brownie batter gives them a punch of extra flavor and also helps to make them extra chewy/fudgy.  

butter, eggs, strawberry cake mix and strawberry gelatin blended together

STEP THREE: Use a rubber spatula to spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes.

Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the brownies. They are done when the toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your brownies as the suggested baking time approaches.

batter spread into the baking dish

STEP FOUR: With an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until combined.

Add the powdered sugar and heavy cream and beat until smooth and fluffy.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in the cream cheese frosting.

cream cheese, butter, and vanilla blended together an powdered sugar and heavy cream added in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Spread the cream cheese frosting over the cooled brownies.

cream cheese frosting spread over the cooled brownies

STEP SIX: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the golden Oreos until they are broken into pieces, making sure there are several larger chunks remaining.

STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle the remaining strawberry gelatin over the cookie crumbs and drizzle with melted butter. Pulse in the food processor a few more times until combined.

strawberry gelatin combined with cookie crumbs and drizzled with butter in a bowl

STEP EIGHT: Sprinkle the cookie crumbles over the strawberry brownies and press them down into the frosting.

cookies crumbles over the strawberry brownies in a baking dish

STEP NINE: Cut brownies into squares and serve.

PRO TIP:

These brownies are thick and so sweet and delicious. We cut them into nine 2.5×2.5-inch pieces, but 16 smaller pieces would be great for serving with other treats.  

How To Serve Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Brownies

Enjoy this decadent strawberry treat on its own with an ice cold vanilla latte to wash it down.

If you are looking for an even more indulgent dessert, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to your plate as well.

Create a DIY brownie sundae bar for a fun dessert experience. Set out bowls of various toppings like crushed nuts, rainbow sprinkles, chocolate chips, and fresh berries.

We have plenty of sweet strawberry recipes, including our mouth-watering strawberry pie and our creamy strawberry trifle.

Storing This Strawberry Crunch Brownies Recipe

Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your brownies:

MAKE AHEAD: After baking and allowing them to cool completely, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Store them at room temperature for up to two days, ensuring they are in an airtight container to maintain their moisture and flavor.

When you’re ready to enjoy, consider a quick refresh in the microwave or oven to restore that just-baked taste.

ON THE COUNTER: Store leftover brownies on the counter in an airtight container for three to four days.

IN THE FREEZER: Store these strawberry brownies in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months.

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Why We Love This Recipe

IRRESISTIBLE FLAVOR: These brownies bring together the sweet and tangy essence of strawberries with the richness of brownies and the creaminess of cream cheese frosting. The result is a harmonious blend of flavors that’s simply irresistible.

FREEZER FRIENDLY: You can prepare these brownies in advance and freeze them for future indulgence. This flexibility is a real time-saver and allows you to enjoy homemade treats whenever you like.

PERFECT FOR SHARING: These brownies are a crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or looking for a thoughtful homemade gift, these sweet treats are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

The whole family will go crazy for this chewy brownie recipe. With a delightful summer-inspired strawberry flavor, sweet crunchy topping, and velvety cream cheese frosting in the middle, these strawberry shortcake brownies are the ultimate dessert. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze these homemade brownies?

This strawberry brownie recipe will freeze well for up to three months stored in an airtight container.

Can I add strawberries to the cake mix?

We wouldn’t recommend adding fresh strawberries as the moisture may affect how the brownies bake, but freeze-dried strawberries would work fine.

Can I use a different flavor of cake mix?

These strawberry cake mix brownies are best made with strawberry cake mix, but if you can’t find that at the store, a vanilla cake mix would work as well. You could add a couple of drops of strawberry extract and pink food coloring to give them the strawberry flavor and color.

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Strawberry Shortcake Brownies

5 from 8 votes
If you are a strawberry lover, these strawberry shortcake brownies with their moist cake, creamy filling, and sweet crunchy topping, will delight your senses and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Brownies

  • 1 strawberry cake mix
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry gelatin

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Strawberry Shortcake Crumble

  • 20 Golden Oreos, about ½ standard package
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry gelatin, the remaining amount
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper, spray with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.
  • Mix together ½ cup melted butter, eggs, strawberry cake mix, and 2 tablespoons strawberry gelatin in a medium mixing bowl until well combined (batter will be thick).
  • Use a rubber spatula to spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until combined. Add powdered sugar and heavy cream and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  • Spread cream cheese frosting over the cooled brownies.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse Golden Oreos until they are broken into pieces, making sure there are several larger chunks remaining.
  • Sprinkle the remaining strawberry gelatin over the cookie crumbs and drizzle with melted butter. Pulse in the food processor a few more times until combined.
  • Sprinkle cookie crumbles over the strawberry brownies and press down into the frosting.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

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Notes

  • You can also bake in a 9×13-inch baking dish. The brownies will be thinner, but there will still be enough frosting and cookie crumble to cover in thinner layers. The brownies will also bake in less time.
  • Adding some of the strawberry gelatin into the brownie batter gives them a punch of extra flavor and also helps to make them extra chewy/fudgy. 
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your brownies as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t end up with lumps in the cream cheese frosting.
  • These brownies are thick and so sweet and delicious.  We cut them into nine 2.5×2.5-inch pieces, but 16 smaller pieces would be great for serving with other treats. 

Nutrition

Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 409IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Mika says

    5 stars
    I made these for Thanksgiving and they we’re a hit. Although my icing was a bit thin putting it in the icebox made it stiff again.
    I would most definitely make these again.

  2. Paula Gillis says

    5 stars
    I’m very excited to try this recipe. I just have a question about the parchment paper. Could I just grease and flour the baking dish so I can leave it in the baking dish and just serve/cut as needed from the baking dish?

  3. Kim says

    5 stars
    Just finished making these. They look and smell amazing. I can’t wait to try them. But, I need to know if they should be refrigerated or if they can stay out on the counter covered for a day or two until completely eaten? Thank you

  4. Katherine says

    5 stars
    Wow, I didn’t expect to like this dessert as much as I did! It tastes so good, I’m actually a huge fan of those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars and this tastes exactly like it. I was shocked that the toppings taste identical and to know all it took was some golden Oreos, strawberry jello mix, and butter! I would recommend this recipe.

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