Blackberry Crumb Bars

On Saturday I took every chance to bake and probably overdid it…I wanted to do my Julia Child tribute, needed to make something for the Boy’s church potluck, and something for a goodbye to their house party for two box office peeps.
I wanted something fresh and sweet for the church potluck because it’s a small group of extremely baking-friendly older people who love to dote on the Boy, so I thought immediately of something with blackberries since they’re in season (and the degus love them). What better than a berry crumb bar? So I blatantly stole this recipe from Une Gamine dans la Cuisine. So you can read the recipe here or…

Read on for my version of the recipe and some photos…


(makes about 20 bars)

Crumb Bars

1 cup white sugar
1 tbsp of fresh lemon zest (about 1 medium-sized lemon)
1 tsp baking Powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter, Cold and cut into pieces
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh blackberries
1 1/4 cups of blackberry jam
1/8 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons cornstarch

Cream Cheese Drizzle
3 oz. light cream cheese
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Line a 9″x13″ pan with greased aluminum foil.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar with lemon zest and rub together with your fingertips until fragrant.

  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to combine into a light, but coarse, meal.
  • Pat half the dough into the prepared pan.
  • In another bowl, stir together remaining sugar and cornstarch. Add the blackberries, blackberry jam, and stir to combine.

  • Spread blackberry mixture over the dough in the pan.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the dough in dollops over the berry mixture.
  • Bake 30 – 45 minutes or until the top is slightly browned.

  • Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars and before preparing cream cheese drizzle.
  • For the drizzle, cream the powdered sugar and cream cheese then add milk. Use a spatula to drizzle over the bars. Enjoy with friends!

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