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5 ingredient semi-homemade strawberry cream cheese shortcake

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Plant City, Florida is home to the Florida Strawberry Festival. People come from all across the U.S. to attend the annual event. Strawberries are the key ingredient in many of the foods sold at the festival's concession stands. People stand in long lines to purchase one of the most popular treats - strawberry shortcake. Here's a 5 ingredient recipe for a semi-homemade strawberry cream cheese shortcake.

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Ingredient List:

  • 1 package of shortcake dessert shells (or 6 angel food cake slices)
  • 1 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries - cleaned with the tops removed, sliced thin (or defrosted frozen sliced strawberries)
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 8 ounce package of strawberry flavored cream cheese (softened)

Directions for Assembly:

  1. Place the sliced strawberries in a bowl.
  2. Stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar; coat the strawberries well.
  3. In a separate bowl mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar with 8 ounces of softened strawberry flavored cream cheese.
  4. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the sugar and cream cheese mixture; stir until thoroughly blended.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of the sugar coated strawberries to the cream cheese mixture; stir until thoroughly blended and smooth.
  6. Place the shortcake dessert shells (or angel food cake slices) onto individual serving cake plates (or into shallow serving bowls).
  7. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the strawberry cream cheese mixture into the shortcake dessert shells (or drizzle on top of the angel food cake slices).
  8. Spoon 1 to 3 tablespoons of the powdered sugar coated strawberries on top of the cream cheese mixture and the shortcake dessert shells (or angel food cake slices).
  9. Spoon another tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on top of the strawberries and the shortcake dessert shells (or drizzle on top of the angel food cake slices).
  10. *Optional - sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of each serving.
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