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Strawberry Delight

Remember how we use to fix Strawberry Shortcakes when we were kids…They we so good and easy to fix, but Mom only let us fix them for special occasions. Well, now we are grown...How 'bout that!

Prep
Cook
Serves 12people
Ingredients
1
lb of fresh strawberries, sliced
1/4
cup or more granulated sugar
for the crust
1
cup of all purpose flour
1/4
cup of finely minced pecans
1/2
cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
for the filling and topping
1
oz package of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
2
tbsp of unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
2
cups of powdered sugar
1
tsp of pure vanilla extract
1
large (16 ounce) cool whip, or equivalent homemade whipped cream, divided
1/2
cup of chopped pecans
Directions
1.
Combine the strawberries and sugar; refrigerate until needed, giving them a stir once in awhile. Taste for sweetness and adjust as needed. 
2.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, mix together the flour, pecans and butter until mixture resembles cookie dough. Spread into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch glass Pyrex baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely, about an hour.
3.
For the filling, cream together the cream cheese and butter, then mix in the powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended. Gently fold in 2 cups of the whipped topping and spread mixture on the cooled crust.
4.
Drain the strawberries well and using a slotted spoon, tap off any excess juices and scatter the strawberries over the top of the cream cheese filling. Top the strawberries with enough of the remaining whipped cream to cover. Sprinkle pecans on top, if using, cover and refrigerate for a full 24 hours.
5.
Can substitute a large 16-ounce package of frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed and drained. The original Strawberry Delight recipes generally used 1 envelope of Dream Whip, a handy shelf stable whipped topping product that is actually still available. Each envelope of Dream Whip when prepared makes about 2 cups in volume.
6.
Variations: Line the bottom of the pan with Nilla wafers instead of the crust, or make a cookie crust using crushed Nilla wafers, cookies, or graham crackers in place of the flour. Can also use canned strawberry or cherry pie filling. Okay to substitute margarine, sugar free and lower fat products also, if desired.
7.
http://www.deepsouthdish.com/2012/01/strawberry-delight.html

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