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Blackberry Pie Bars

Ever since I saw Emiline’s Wild Blueberries & Cream Tart, I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. So for some reason, when I was reading through my copy of The Pastry Queen, these Blackberry Pie Bars stood out as a substitution for Emiline’s tart, or at least to get over my craving for that tart. I don’t know why they reminded me of one another, because they really aren’t anything alike, but I’m glad that the craving for Emiline’s tart brought me to these bars.

These bars are described as an easier way to make pie. No worrying about rolling out a crust. But to me, they didn’t really resemble a pie all that much. The base tasted more like a shortbread base to me. And it was much to thick to be considered anything like a pie, in my opinion. But really – I don’t care what you compare them to, because these we so delicious!! I made them as dessert for the spaghetti dinner I took my in-laws last weekend. Luckily we saved plenty at home for my husband and I, because I couldn’t get enough of them. My husband liked them best straight out of the refrigerator with a dollop of whipped cream because the bottom crust was so thick and chewy when they are cold. I preferred them at room temperature. And I ate WAY too many of these. But even now that they are gone, I still find myself wanting more.

I almost forgot to add – this was way too much for my food processor -it got way to full and wouldn’t mix completely. I ended up finishing it off by hand with a pastry cutter, which worked just fine!

This would be a great recipe to switch up as well. Don’t like blackberries? Use blueberries, or cherries, or a mix of berries. I bet it would even be good with apples. And despite the fact that it doesn’t taste like pie to me, they are much easier to eat and share than a pie is. So they would be perfect for a backyard bbq, or a neighborhood get-together. I can guarantee I’ll be making them again!

Blackberry Pie Bars
from The Pastry Queen

Crust & Topping
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups chlled unsalted butter

Fruit Filling
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 (16-ounce) packages frozen blackberries, defrosted and drained

For the crust and topping:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until fully combined. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes. Add the butter to the flour mixture and process until the butter is evenly distributed, but the mixture is still crumbly.

Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture for the topping. Press the remaining crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes, or until it is golden brown. Cool for at least 10 minutes.

To make the filling:
Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl, then add the sour cream, flour and salt. Gently fold in the blackberries. Spoon the mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned. Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting.

Makes approximately 2 dozen bars.

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48 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Blackberry Pie Bars

  1. Melanie says:

    After all the chocolate I’ve eaten lately, these look divine! Bookmarking as we speak.

  2. chou says:

    Yum. I think I’d still lean towards pie (because, well, I’m a pie kinda girl), but these would be great in a pinch!

  3. kat says:

    ohhhh, a shortbread crust with a berry filling…bring it on!

  4. Maryann says:

    If the crust tastes like shortbread, by bloke will love it! Thanks Deb!

  5. LyB says:

    Those sound delicious, I can imagine them with a mix of strawberries and raspberries, yum!

  6. Augustina says:

    these look really good! i think i’ll end up using my pastry cutter or mixing by hand though…my food processor is way to small.

  7. linda says:

    They look so delicious! Love the colour and the gooeyness

  8. Happy cook says:

    Oh I want to have a fat slice, they look absolutley super delicious

  9. nicole says:

    Those look so good.

  10. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Wow, these are some irresistible bars, Deb!
    I’m glad I can make them by hand, since I only own a mini food processor.

  11. Emiline says:

    I’m glad I could lead you to this recipe! I think this sounds very tasty…and also very unique. I bet the sour cream was delicious.

    I once baked a blueberry pie with a can of sweetened condensed milk and it turned out well. I might have to try that again. I just thought of that-it doesn’t really go with your post.

  12. Kate says:

    You made me say a curse word at work. I was sitting there browsing tastespotting, saw your bars, and actually said out loud “Oh $%^@#, I have to make those this weekend.”

    They look GOOOOOD.

  13. dobetter says:

    Deborah, these look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Oh, and thanks for letting me know that it was too much for your food processor, good tip.

  14. Brilynn says:

    Oooh those sound good! I’d love some blackberries right about now.

  15. Mary says:

    These look so yummy and I happen to really like blackberries. I’m definitely making them next week! (I have a kid’s birthday party to go to and that way I can limit the amount I inhale!)

  16. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Ooohhhh, those bars look fantastic! Divine tasting!



  17. Katia says:

    These look and sound amazing! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  18. glidingcalm says:

    those look super yummy!

  19. RecipeGirl says:

    I’d use blackberries in these. yum. I don’t really like blackberries by themselves, but they’re awesome baked into stuff.

  20. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    These look soooo good! I’ve been finding some beautiful blackberries lately too. Hmmm. Sounds like a plan. ;)

  21. Zen Chef says:

    Looks like my breakfast for tomorrow!! :-)

  22. Jenny says:

    Mmmm! Ooey, gooey and yummy, wish I had one! I love the colors going on!

  23. Grace says:

    oh. that’s fantastic. next time i’m in slacker-mode (who am i kidding–that’s pretty much my permanent state of being) and don’t want to deal with a pie, i’ll dig this recipe out of the abyss! :)

  24. Rosie says:

    Absolutely delicious looking blackberry bars!! I could just eat a slice now – mmmmmm…

    Rosie x

  25. Ruth Elkin says:

    Oh yum! Love the look of these. great choice of recipe for Taste and Create!

  26. Vicarious Foodie says:

    This looks so good. I hardly ever get to make stuff like this because my bf doesn’t like cooked fruit (he’s insane), but I want to make these!

  27. noble pig says:

    Well, they look beautiful. I am picturing myself eating one with coffee…yeah…I think I need one.

  28. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    That is a great book. This one sounds better than pie to me. Love Blackberries!

  29. glamah16 says:

    What a great dessert with my favorite berry.

  30. kellypea says:

    These sound totally yummy! I can just taste the tartness of the blackberries. I’ve been thinking of trying the apple pie bars that were in Bon Appetit last month.

  31. Kevin says:

    Those look so moist and good. I have not done much with blackberries but I am looking forward for them to be in season.

  32. Veron says:

    Fantastic, Deborah. This almost looks like portable blackberry cobblers!

  33. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    These look fabulous! What a great way to have your pie without rolling out a piecrust. This is definitely a keeper recipe.

  34. Chuck says:

    OMG! those look so good. Every year we go out and pick blackberries to make blackberry jam. But, I’m saving this recipe to make so blackberry pie bars. They look amazing!

  35. KJ says:

    These look fantastic!

  36. Elle says:

    I love blackberry anything! Those look fabulous, Deborah!

  37. Steph says:

    These sound delicious!

  38. Pearlsofeast says:

    The pie bars are divine.Looks indeed tempting. Deborah I have posted similiar bars with black berries and oats. This bars look great!!!!!!!!

  39. Kelly-Jane says:

    These bars look great, I’m going to bookmark them too :)

  40. Pixie says:

    these just look Seriously Good OH MY!

    sorry i haven’t visited in like ages-shall add you to my reader now :)

  41. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo looks good and when you said it has a thick shortbread crust, I was even more sold! I have lots of berries in my freezer that would be perfect for this. You’re really making me want to buy The Pastry Queen!

  42. Neen says:

    I’m really attracted by the shortbread taste you describe… and what better way to have the gooey blueberry interior for those of us who are no good at making pie crust! hanks for sharing!

  43. Tartelette says:

    Looks fantastic! I might even make them this weekend to snack on all wekk long :)

  44. Augustina says:

    i gave these bars a try over the weekend using strawberries and the results were so, so good! everybody loved them. thank-you for sharing this one.

  45. Melanie says:

    I made these bars yesterday. They were really good! I think next time I might cut down the butter a little bit because the crust seemed a little to oily/greasy/buttery than it should be. Did you have that problem? (It calls for three cubes, right?)

  46. Erin says:

    I made these tonight and they were fabulous. I love the crunchy chewy crust. Thanks for the great recipe! (- Erin at The Sisters Cafe)

  47. Tenina says:

    OH KAY…these sound divine and pretty easy to boot! Giving them a go, aren’t frozen berries just a treat??
    Thanks for this

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