Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blackberry Crumb Bars

One of my favorite flavors of summer is the taste of fresh berries. I really, really love berries...raspberries, strawberries, huckleberries...just about any of them.

Just a little sidenote about my history with berries: I think that my love of berries came from growing up on a raspberry farm in rural southwest Washington state. I remember having to pick berries every summer and that I was absolutely terrible at it! I was definitely under the impression that the way it worked was "one for me, one for the bucket." So, needless to say, I was definitely not going to win any berry picking contests!

Every now and I then I purchase fruits and vegetables from a local co-op and this past distribution they offered the opportunity for participants to purchase flats of blackberries at a really great price. I took them up on it and purchased myself 2 flats of the berries and I have been on a mission to find great blackberry recipes to try out! So I set out on a mission to search the interwebs for recipes that used blackberries. One of them that I came across was a recipe for bars that promised a tender cake topped with fresh blackberries and a crumble. And the recipe was from the great I decided to give it a whirl.

These bars turned out to be wonderful! The cake is light and tender. The berries are slightly tart and pop with flavor in your mouth and the crumble has a great sweet, slight crunch to it. I kicked up the original recipe by adding white chocolate chips to it and I couldn't imagine the recipe without them!

Blackberry Crumb Bars
Inspired by Martha Stewart


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted, and 1/2 cup (1 stick), room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 containers (6 ounces each) blackberries
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter and flour paper, tapping out excess.
2) Make topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; add 1 cup flour, and mix with a fork until large moist crumbs form. Refrigerate topping until ready to use.
3) In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup flour, baking powder, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; set aside.
4) In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat room-temperature butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture.
5) Spread batter evenly in pan; sprinkle with blackberries, white chocolate chips, then chilled topping.
6) Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 40 to 45 minutes.
7) Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 squares.


I am linking this recipe up to: Fireflies & Jellybeans, Strut Your Stuff, It's a Keeper Thursday, Recipe Swap Thursday, Frugal Food Thursday, Tip Day Thursday, Catch a Glimpse, Thrilling Thursday, Hookin Up With HoH, Almost Friday Flaunts, Full Plate Thursday, Transformation Thursdays, I'm Loving It, Foodie Friday, Feature Yourself Friday, Friday FavoritesIt's a Hodgepodge Friday, Friday Flair, Made By You Monday, Motivate Me Monday, Just Something I Whipped Up    


  1. Jen- These blackberry bars look great. We are growing blackberries in our yard and I am bookmarking your recipe to make once I have some fresh ones. Thanks!
    Ps-I'm adding this to my recipe spotlight on These Chicks Cooked for next Wednesday. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Yummy! I love blackberries! I would love it if you could stop by Heck Fridays tomorrow (Thursday) and post it on our first link party!

    Hope to see you soon!!!

  3. These look yum-my! I can't wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing!

  4. When I saw this on Full Plate Thursday, I had to come over and check out the recipe. I love blackberries and this looks like a wonderful way to use up some that I have.

  5. Omg......YUMMY!!!!! I'm going to have to try these when we get back from our trip. Thank you for sharing! I love that you post all your fabulous recipes on here:))

  6. Wow! These sound so good! I never buy blackberries, but I may have to just to try it out.

  7. Oh, they look YUMMY! I'm trying my hand at growing blackberries in my garden so I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Friday Favorites, Cindy

  8. These sound amazing. I love blackberries, I bet they would be good with raspberries too.

    I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Tooth Friday, my weekly recipe link-up. I hope to see you there.

  9. another great recipe - another one for me to try!

  10. Looks amazing! BTW, I'm your newest follower and would love if you would stop by and follow us back if you also like our blog! =)

    I would LOVE if you would add this project to our What I Made Wednesday Linky is the last day!

    Also, enter for a chance to win a homemade hair bow!!!

    Briana @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

  11. Hi Jen,
    Our Blackberry bushes are just loaded with blooms and berries. This will be a great new recipe for me to try with my fresh berries. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!

  12. Oh my, they look delicious and I have a blackberry lover in my house!
    I would love if you would share them at our Monday Playdate at Beneath the Rowan Tree :)

    Come & Play :: Monday Playdate

  13. Congratulations Jen,
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week, enjoy!
    Miz Helen


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