Layers of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
Strawberry shortbread trifle is layers of fresh strawberries, whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!  Shortbread is the perfect little treat; it’s light, flaky and buttery.  It tastes great by itself, but even better when you layer it with some sweetened cream cheese, frozen whipped topping, jello and fresh strawberries.  Repeat the layers and you have a dessert that’s simple to prepare, tastes delicious and looks beautiful.  Perfect to take to all those summer picnics, or any time of year!

Ingredients are as follows:
 
Shortbread:
1 C butter, softened
1/2 C powdered sugar
2 C flour
1/2 tsp. salt
 
Layers:
4 small boxes of (sugar-free) strawberry jello
4 C boiling water
 
16 ounces (low-fat) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
16 ounces (fat-free) frozen whipped topping (cool whip) or fresh whipped cream
 
1 pint fresh strawberries, diced
 
 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a cookie sheet.

 
Mix together the boiling water and jello; stir until dissolved.  Place in the fridge to start setting up (you don’t want it to set up completely).
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
Cream together the butter, powdered sugar, flour and salt.
 
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!

 
Spread evenly onto prepared cookie sheet.
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown; set aside to cool.
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
 
Cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.
 
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
 
Fold in the frozen whipped topping (cool whip); set aside.
 
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
Take the cooled shortbread and break it into crumbs.
 
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!

 
Place a layer of crumbs into the bottom of a trifle bowl.
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
 
Spread an even layer of the cream cheese mixture on top of the crumbs.  Add an even layer of jello.  Then a layer of strawberries.
 
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 
 
Repeat the layers until all the ingredients are gone. Place in the fridge to allow the jello to finish setting up; about an hour.
 
 
 Layers of fresh strawberries, real whipped cream, jello, sweetened cream cheese, and buttery shortbread!
 

Spoon some out and enjoy!