Thursday, June 2, 2011

Blackberry Bars

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Blackberry Bars!
Oh yes--buttery, crumbly and fruity.  I love these things.
Sometimes...I make a whole pan of them, lovingly wrap up each of the cut squares in plastic wrap, and freeze them.  
Then...then I eat one every afternoon, day after day, for a snack.  And I'm so sad when they are finally gone. 
I wait a week or two and then I make another batch, this time with a different fruit preserve, and start all over again.  I never get tired of them--they are that good, or at least I think so.  :) 

I originally saw this recipe on The Pioneer Woman, and I have made them dozens of times.  They are so easy!  Really--you don't even need to get your mixer out.  I do it all in the food processor!

Make some!

Blackberry Bars
Source:  slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman
(Get the printable here.)

1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (not the quick kind)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
14 Tbsp (that's 1 3/4 sticks)  unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes
1 jar (about 12 oz.) fruit preserves*

Line an 8" square pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2" overhang.  Butter or spray parchment with non-stick spray.
Put the first 7 ingredients in the food processor and pulse until everything is blended together.  Add the butter cubes and pulse until blended and crumbly.  Press 1/2 of the mixture into the prepared pan.  Spread with fruit preserves.  Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture evenly over the preserves, and press lightly.
Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until light brown.  Let cool completely, and then lift bars out of pan and cut into squares.

*Any fruit preserve will work.  My favorites are apricot and blackberry.


This post is linked to:  Sweet Treats Thursday
Friday Potluck
Savory Sunday
Sweet Tooth Friday
Sweets for Saturday
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Totally Tasty Tuesdays
Tasty Tuesday
Melt in Your Mouth Monday
What's Cooking Wednesday
These Chicks Cooked


Gerry said...

Mmmm bars are awesome. You can add so many diffrent things to them and these look really tasty, now wheres my espresso?

Chels said...

Oh my gosh, I love this, I love Pioneer woman, and I love you for bringing this recipe to my attention! I can't wait to make this :)

Amanda-The Sweet Details said...

Hey I host a blog hop and I'd LOVE if you came over and shared a recipe! Here's the link :)

Faith and Daisies said...

Those bars look yummy! I recently found your blog and have enjoyed reading it, stop by my blog and pick up your award!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

These bars look fantastic! Thanks for bringing them to Friday Potluck!

Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts said...

Thanks for linking up! These look great! My husband and I LOVE blackberry desserts :)

Kim McCallie said...

I have some blackberry preserves that I got on sale and haven't really known what to do with them. These bars would be perfect! Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday!

Lisa said...

I love how versatile your bars are. I can just imagine all the different yummy flavor potentials. Thanks for linking these up to Sweets for a Saturday.

carolinaheartstrings said...

What a great picture. This recipe sounds so delish. I love blackberry anything. said...

You're right! Just reading the recipe makes me want to make them. In fact I think I am! I have all the ingredients. Thanks!

Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

Mmmmm, I love crumble bars. These look wonderful!

Thank you so much for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday! I hope to see you again this week.

Emily said...

Thanks for linking to Tasty Tuesday @ Nap Time Creations! I'm featuring you this week. Come back and link again next week!

The Daily Smash said...

These look so yummy. Love your blog come and check out my blog

Have a great day

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