Creamy Strawberry-Lemon Squares Recipe -
Creamy Strawberry-Lemon Squares Recipe
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Creamy Strawberry-Lemon Squares

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"In these irresistible bars, layers of strawberry whipped topping, lemon pudding, and sweetened cream cheese sit atop a honey graham crust."

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  • PREP

    15 mins

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. Mix graham crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the butter until well blended. Press firmly onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Beat cream cheese, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup of the milk in medium bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Spread over crust.
  3. Pour remaining 2-3/4 cups milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Pour over cream cheese layer in pan. Let stand 5 minutes or until thickened. Cover with whipped topping. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Cut into 24 squares to serve. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 11, 2009

Very good! My sister in law makes these but uses banana pudding instead. The strawberry cool whip is not always in stock at local stores.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 06, 2008

Taking the "heads up" from Tunatwist, I used regular Cool Whip rather than the strawberry, folding in some pureed frozen strawberries. I also added a little lemon zest to the pudding for fresher flavor. Not a bad dessert for something so easy.


7 Ratings

Jun 21, 2008

I think I ate almost the whole pan myself! I lined the pan with foil which I sprayed with non-stick spray. I followed the crust and cream cheese-layer directions, but instead of using pudding mixes, I used a can of lemon pie filling. And I didn't use the strawberry cool whip since it's gotten not-good reviews, I just used regular low-fat whipped topping. Pretty good! It wants to be a lemon cheesecake, but it's a little less bad for you. :)

Aug 06, 2009

I made these for a potluck and they were devoured within minutes! I absolutely HATE flavored cool whip, so I sliced about 2 cups of fresh strawberries and folded them into plain cool whip. Fabulous.

Apr 22, 2008

This wasn't terrible, but I just couldn't get past the fake strawberry flavor from the Cool Whip. It would have been much better using regular Cool Whip with real strawberries mixed in.

Apr 04, 2008

i made exactly as written, except i used 1/3 less fat cream cheese, fat free pudding mix and low-fat graham crackers. i would give this recipe 5 stars except for the somewhat jarring fake strawberry taste of the cool whip. i would suggest using 1/2 the amt. of strawberry cool whip...that's what i'm doing next time, anyway. and, there WILL be a next time--it's too easy and everything else abt. the recipe tasted great.

Apr 05, 2010

I took the advice of others and used regular whip cream with sliced strawberries instead of strawberry flavored whip cream. I also used neufchatel cheese (cream cheese with 1/3 less fat) and sugar free lemon pudding. This cuts down on calories but still gives it the great taste. The only problem that I had is I made this the day before and the strawberry juices made it a little runny.


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  • Calories
  • 193 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 244 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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