Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Some recipes are innovative - like pairing coconut and grapefruit or bringing cranberries to new heights. Some are fun and exciting - like homemade doughnuts or cinnamon buns. And some are just perfect renditions on a simple classic, like peanut butter swirled brownies or linzer torte. This recipe falls squarely in to the last category - you've probably had a raspberry crumb bar before, and you might have even made one, but this recipe brings them to their height.

A touch of lemon juice, some fresh fruit mixed with jam and the perfect sandy, crumbly base and topping mean you'll never need another crumb bar recipe again. It can't surprise you much that I used raspberries, but just about any berry/jam combination would be lovely here.
I am completely incapable of cutting things in to even squares. No matter how hard I try. Luckily most people don't complain too much before eating them!

Tip of the Day: If you want to bake your cookies in advance and freeze them, layer them in a tupperware container with parchment or wax paper, top with a layer of saran wrap and seal with the lid on top.

Recipe: (adapted from the America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book)
2 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 sticks (18 tablespoons) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup raspberry jam
3/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Dice the butter into pieces and mix into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter, food processor or mixer until the mixture resembles wet sand. Reserve 1 1/4 cups of the mixture, and press the remaining into a foil line 9x13" pan. Bake on 375 F for 15 minutes.
While that's baking, mix the reserved topping with the oats and  brown sugar.
Mix the jam, raspberries and lemon juice together and mash lightly with a fork.
Spread the jam mixture over the base, then top with the oat mixture.
Bake on 375 F for 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.


  1. Looks absolutely delicious!! I will definitely be making mine with raspberries too.

  2. Those bars look like a great afternoon snack. I like that you used real raspberries in this as well as the jam. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your bars up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-4.html