Bars & Squares, Berries

Blackerries Part II – Blackberry Crumb Bars

August 31, 2009



Alright, so now you get to see what all those delicious blackberries were baked into!! Well, here they are. Incredibly good Blackberry Crumb Bars. Oh-so good blackberries combined with lemon juice and lemon zest sandwiched between two shortbread like layers = Yum. These are just sweet and tart enough without being overly sugary. And super versatile. You could easily substitute in blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, or even peaches! They are even better once refrigerated and cut easily into take-along bars.

It was really easy to make basically four ingredients: berries, flour, sugar and lemon. Perfect for all those end of summer left over berries, or even for the fall. You can definitely freeze all your berries from the summer and use them in the fall to make the dessert. Just note that they will probably be a bit watery once you thaw them. Maybe cut back on the amount of lemon juice, or add a bit more cornstarch.

If you’ve got some berries at home and some flour, I suggest you get baking! I’m going to visit my friend today – who didn’t help pick the berries by the way, but will get to taste the finished product! Lucky friend ; )

Sorry it took a few days … but I went to the island again this weekend – and jumped off a bridge! Yes, I’m crazy. I went bungy jumping in Nanaimo yesterday – and it was scary! But so much fun too! I said I wanted to do lots of exciting new things in my 21st year, and so far since June I’ve gotten a tattoo, gone to Vegas (Just last week! and no, I’m not a millionaire) and now bungy jumping. I think it’s a pretty good list so far! There’s also a few to-dos on my baking list, I better get on that!


Blackberry Crumb Bars
As seen on Smitten Kitchen, Adapted from


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
  • 1 egg
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 4-5 cups fresh berries of your choice
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

3. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the berries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

These tasted even better once refrigerated, but feel free to dig in while their still warm! Maybe with a scoop of ice cream!


& Here’s me jumping off a bridge!


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  • Reply Christine August 31, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    The squares look mighty yummy, and that jump looks MIGHTY SCARY!!! I would never dare to do that. Thankfully you survived!

  • Reply Alicia August 31, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    haha thanks Christine. Yes thank goodness I survived – so I could blog about it. Otherwise you never would have found out what i made!! haha. Thanks =)

  • Reply Steph August 31, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    I was just thinking of baking blueberry crumb bars the other day. Too bad I’ve eaten all the berries before I got a chance to bake with them.

  • Reply Gala September 1, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Soooo envious of your blackberries!

  • Reply Michelle September 1, 2009 at 5:57 AM


  • Reply ingrid September 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Yum, I love blackberries and will keep this one in mind for the last of ’em!

    Oh, to be 21 and livin’ life on the edge! 🙂

  • Reply Your twin September 4, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    omg haha your mom told me about u picking those blackberries and she said she didnt know what you were going to make with them but Yum! This looks soooo delicious! I bet they were great! <3
    – alysha

  • Reply pity September 7, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    i got loads of blueberry in my fridge so this recipe is perfect or me, and for the rest of my friends who are going to get some! lovely bo, and that jum! you are a brave one! it must be awesome!

    Cheers from london,


  • Reply Elsa September 10, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    omg that looks so fun! i’ve always wanted to bungee jump but i’ve never got around to doing it!!

  • Reply Ahn September 26, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    i got loads of blueberry in my fridge so this revipe is perfect or me, and for the rest of my friends who are going to get some! lovely bo, and that jum! you are a brave one! it must be awesome!

    Cheers from london,


  • Reply Amanda December 14, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Oh wow this looks good. Too bad it’s only 37 degrees here and I can’t get my hands on fresh berries. 🙁 I may have to just try substituting frozen raspberries instead. Happy holidays!

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