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Strawberry Brownies are a super simple springtime dessert that comes together easily with just a few pantry ingredients (cake mix!) and some fresh strawberries.

Want more strawberry treats? Try my Strawberry Shortcake or my Fresh Strawberry Cake!

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Why These Are The Best Strawberry Brownies Ever

These epic strawberry brownies are a new favorite because they are super easy to make and so delicious. Everyone loves them!

  • Sweet and Creamy – The recipe starts with cake mix, eggs, and oil. I love to add cream cheese to cake mix bars to give them a super moist and creamy texture. These strawberry brownies are rich like a brownie, with the sweet tanginess of strawberries.
  • Fresh Strawberries! The addition of the fresh strawberries on top not only just looks really pretty but they add a bit of texture as well and they are perfect for strawberry lovers!
  • Party Perfect – These gorgeous pink bars are perfect for parties, baby showers, and high tea because they look so elegant. No one will know they actually came from a box of cake mix!
  • Snack or Dessert – But they are a delicious after-school snack too, or served as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Don’t you just love a treat that is as versatile as these strawberry brownies?

Ingredients For Strawberry Brownies

Craving a dense, chewy brownie but all you have is cake mix? Follow this simple recipe to make brownies from any flavor of cake mix:

  • 1 box of strawberry cake mix – You can really use any flavor you like here! Chocolate cake mix for chocolate brownies, lemon, white, yellow. The possibilities are as vast as your cravings!
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces cream cheese – The cream cheese will make for a more gooey brownie.
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • Thinly sliced strawberries – I like to top the brownies with very thinly sliced strawberries for a beautiful presentation. Make sure to let them sit and dry out first.
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How Do You Make Brownies From Cake Mix?

This formula can of course be adjusted to any flavoring or fillings like lemon extract or chocolate chips. This is really a base recipe for cake mix brownies, but today we’re using it for strawberry brownies.

  • If using the strawberry topping, thinly slice a few strawberries and lay them out on paper towels for about 15-30 minutes to dry them out, and pat with paper towels.
  • Grab an 8-inch baking pan and line it with parchment or grease it well.
  • Mix together strawberry cake mix, vegetable oil, egg, and softened cream cheese.
  • Spread the batter into the baking dish. It will be thick, so you may need to use your fingers to help spread it to the corners of the pan.
  • If using the strawberries, arrange them on top of the batter. Arrange the thinly sliced strawberries on top of the batter.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes. The edges should just begin to brown and the center should be mostly set. Cool completely before slicing and serving.

How To Store Strawberry Brownies

These brownies are best eaten within a couple of days. Because of their soft and creamy texture, I store these in the refrigerator. They will last up to 5 days if you can keep from devouring them right away.

You can also freeze them, but the moisture from the strawberries may alter the texture as they defrost.

Tips For Making Brownies From A Cake Mix

This strawberry brownie recipe is so easy! Instead of icing, I added cream cheese to the batter for a soft and gooey bar. With this easy recipe, you can make strawberry brownies in about 30 minutes!

  1. Use an electric mixer. This mixture is thick, which gives the brownies their dense texture, but it does make it a little difficult to mix by hand. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer will save your arms a workout.
  2. Don’t over mix. Over-mixing will result in a tough brownie, and no one wants that. Mix the strawberry brownie batter in a medium mixing bowl just until no more of the dry powder is visible.
  3. Add mix-ins. For extra texture and flavor contrast, add a cup of white chocolate chips or mini semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter and fold them in just until combined. Freeze-dried strawberries would be a great addition too.
  4. Do not use fresh strawberries IN the batter – the moisture will keep the brownies from baking up properly.
  5. Strawberry tips – If you have the time, lay out the sliced strawberries on a paper towel to dry them out a little bit. Press a second towel gently on top to help with moisture. This will keep your strawberry brownie from getting soggy.
  6. Cake Mix Brownies – If you’re not loving the gooeyness from the cream cheese, omit it and replace with an additional egg.
Strawberry Brownies with Fresh Strawberries

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Strawberry Brownies Recipe

4.56 from 38 votes
Strawberry Brownies are a super simple springtime dessert that comes together easily with just a few pantry ingredients (cake mix!) and some fresh strawberries. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 15 brownies

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box strawberry cake mix
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
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Instructions
 

  • Thinly slice a few strawberries and lay the slices out on paper towels. Lightly pat dry and let sit for 15-30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a 7×11" or 8-9" square baking dish with parchment paper or foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer set to medium speed, combine the strawberry cake mix, vegetable oil, egg(s), and cream cheese (if using) until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula. The batter will be thick, so use your fingers if necessary.
  • Arrange the thinly sliced strawberries on top of the batter.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until edges are starting to brown and center looks mostly set. Strawberries should be somewhat dried out.
  • Cool completely before slicing and serving.

Notes

For a less gooey brownie, omit the cream cheese and add an extra egg. 
Make sure to dry out the strawberry slices. This will help keep your brownies from becoming soggy.
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 223mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 117IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of “Yellow Bliss Road” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. nate says:

    these are beautiful and so yummy! I added 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and 3T strawberry jam swirled in at the end, i baked in 8×8 pan and they needed 30 mins, still very gooey, fam loved them

    1. Kristin says:

      Nice! Thanks for the feedback Nate.

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