These delicious bars are not only pretty to look at with their bursts of color, but taste amazing and are easy to make! They’re the perfect treat for entertaining.
Last week I read that one of my favorite magazines were going to be closing up shop after almost 90 years – Family Circle. Strangely, the very next day last month’s magazine was in the break room at work. On the cover were these delicious Blackberry Crumb Bars.
Have you ever had a bar type of baked good before? I love them! They’re super fast to make too!
The recipe originally used raspberry jam. But if you remember correctly, over the summer we made a lot of blackberry jam, so of course I had to use that!!
How to make Blackberry Crumb Bars
In a mixer, beat butter, vanilla extract and brown sugar until smooth. Then on low speed, add in flour, oats and salt until a dough forms.
Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment.
Press 2 cups of your dough into the pan. And bake for 10 minutes.
Then prepare the topping. With your hands mix together 2 tbsp oats with your remaining dough.
Spread the jam onto the top of the crust. Sprinkle with the crumb topping. Bake for an additional 25 minutes. When they are all cooled, slice them into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
While the blackberry jam is just delicious in this recipe, I have to say my favorite part is the crust! It reminds me of shortbread, but just slightly sweeter.
The fruit is totally versatile. It’s up to you what you decide to use. We used Blackberry Jam because that is what we have a ton of. But, if you happen to have strawberry or raspberry, try that instead! Or maybe you will get adventurous and combine different fruit jams!
Tips for these Blackberry Crumb Bars:
Spray the bottom of the pan with cooking spray or prepare with butter before you lay the parchment down. It will help it stay in place.
Make sure to completely cool the bars before you cut them into bars.
Use a serrated knife to cut them for a clean cut.
You can also add 1/4 cup of chopped almonds or walnuts to the crumb topping or crust.
I love to make these bars for brunch, potlucks, and entertaining. Besides being absolutely delicious, they really are pretty thanks to the bright burst of color from the jam!
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- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup + 2tbsp old fashioned oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup blackberry jam
Heat oven to 375
Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper
In a stand mixer, mix together butter, brown sugar and extract
On low speed, beat in flour, salt and 1/2 cup of oats until a dough forms
Press 2 cups of the dough into the bottom of the baking pan into a thin layer
Bake for 10 minutes
While that is baking, mix 2 tbsp of oats into the remaining crust.
Remove pan from the oven and spread jam over the crust.
Learn to make Homemade Blackberry Jam
Sprinkle with your hands the crumble topping
Bake for an additional 25 minutes
Cool completely and cut into bars
Sprinkle blackberry crumb bars with powdered sugar
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