Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 package Pillsbury™ Ready To Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies
  2. 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  3. 1/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (1 tablespoon)
  5. 4 oz frozen (thawed) whipped topping (half 8-oz container)
  6. 1 3/4 cups chopped fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper.
  2. Remove cookies from package; place cookies on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool completely. (To speed up process, refrigerate cookies about 1 hour.)
  3. Meanwhile, line 11x7-inch pan with cooking parchment paper.
  4. Once cookies are cool, place in food processor. Cover; pulse a few times until all cookies are crumbled. Reserve 1 cup of the cookie crumbs. Pour remaining cookie crumbs into pan; press in bottom of pan to form crust.
  5. In mixer bowl with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add gelatin; stir to combine.
  6. With rubber spatula, fold whipped topping and 1 cup of the chopped strawberries into cream cheese mixture. Spread over cookie crust. Top with remaining chopped strawberries.
  7. Sprinkle reserved 1 cup cookie crumbs evenly over dessert; gently press with fingers. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  8. To serve, cut into 5 rows by 3 rows to make 15 bars, or into 6 rows by 3 rows to make 18 bars.
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