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Blackberry Pie Bars

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These blackberry pie bars are packed with plump blackberries and surrounded by a flaky and buttery crust for a new summertime favorite.
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  1. Blackberry Pie Bars Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Blackberry Pie Bars Recipe
  3. How To Serve
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Juicy blackberries with a delicious butter crust surrounding every bite make these blackberry pie bars a must-bake treat. They have all the lovely tangy sweetness we adore in a blackberry pie, but they take a fraction of the time to make and bake.

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Blackberry Pie Bars Ingredients

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You’ll need:

For the Crust and Topping

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • Zest of 1 large lemon 
  • ½ cup of unsalted sweet cream butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten 

For the Blackberry Filling

  • 4 cups of fresh blackberries, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch 
  • ¾ cups of sugar

PRO TIP:

Blackberries should be stored in the refrigerator after purchasing or picking. They are best used within 3 days.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BERRIES: For this recipe, you can use any kind of berries you’d like in place of the fresh blackberry filling. Try blueberries, raspberries, or even a mix of berries. You can use strawberries as well, although you need to slice them, and the added juice in them will make your bars turn out with a slightly different texture.

How To Make This Blackberry Pie Bars Recipe

STEP ONE: In a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, and lemon zest. On low speed, mix flour mixture until combined.

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STEP TWO: Add in the cold unsalted butter and mix until you get pea-sized pieces of butter.

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Making the crust can be done in the bowl of a food processor, or in a large bowl with a pastry blender.

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STEP THREE: Add in the beaten eggs and mix until a crumbly dough comes together.

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STEP FOUR: Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper, allowing for overhang so that you can lift the cooled bars out of the pan to cut. Press ⅔ of the dough evenly into the bottom of the pan and set aside.

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STEP FIVE: In a large mixing bowl, combine the blackberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar and mix until combined.

PRO TIP:

Don’t forget to rinse the blackberries before adding them to the bowl. Cleaning fresh blackberries is easy. The best way is to pour them into a colander. Discard any errant leaves or stems. Set the colander in the sink and run water over the berries. Leave it to drain for a few minutes.

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STEP SIX: Pour the blackberry mixture over the top of the crust and even it out with a rubber spatula.

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STEP SEVEN: Crumble the remaining pie dough over the blackberry filling.

STEP EIGHT: Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes or until the top crust appears slightly golden brown.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your bars at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

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STEP NINE: Pull the baking dish out of the oven and set it aside to cool completely before cutting bars. 

How To Serve

These easy blackberry pie bars are lovely served warm or cold. Top with a little bit of whipped cream and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side for a decadent dessert or the perfect afternoon snack.

Do you have an abundance of blackberries on hand? Try our blackberry cobbler for another great recipe. For more tasty squares, check out our pecan pie bars.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store these blackberry pie bars in a covered container or covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: These blackberry bars can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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A burst of fresh blackberries is in every bite of these blissful bars. A thick and delicious butter pie crust acts as a base for these delectable blackberry crumb bars making them taste just like pie.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use different fruit in these pie bars?

You can use any kind of berry in these bars. Blueberries and raspberries are the best choices. You can also use strawberries, but they will have to be sliced, and the juice may slightly affect the texture of the bars.

Do I use frozen or fresh blackberries?

You can use either frozen or fresh berries in this simple dessert. If you are using frozen berries, you should let them thaw a bit and drain any excess juice.

How do I store blackberry pie bars?

Blackberry pie bars should be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.

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Blackberry Pie Bars

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These blackberry pie bars are packed with plump blackberries and surrounded by a flaky and buttery crust for a new summertime favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 3 cups flour
  • cups sugar
  • lemon zest, from 1 large lemon
  • ½ cup unsalted sweet cream butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten

Blackberry Filling

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¾ cups sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper allowing for overhang so that you can lift the cooled bars out of the pan to cut.
  • In a stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, and lemon zest. On low speed, mix until combined.
  • Add in the butter and mix until you get pea-sized pieces of butter.
  • Add in the beaten eggs and mix until a crumbly dough comes together.
  • Press ⅔ of the dough evenly into the bottom of the parchment-lined baking dish and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the blackberries, lemon juice, cornstarch, and sugar. Mix until combined.
  • Pour the blackberry mixture over the crust and even it out with a rubber spatula.
  • Crumble the remaining dough over the blackberry filling.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until the crumble appears slightly golden brown.
  • Pull the baking dish out of the oven and set it aside to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Notes

  • Blackberries should be stored in the refrigerator after purchasing or picking. They are best used within 3 days.
  • Making the crust can be done in the bowl of a food processor, or in a large bowl with a pastry blender.
  • Cleaning fresh blackberries is easy. The best way is to pour them into a colander. Discard any errant leaves or stems. Set the colander in the sink and run water over the berries. Leave it to drain for a few minutes.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your bars at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 399IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
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