Raspberry Bars

There are definitely days that call for a long, drawn-out baking session. Especially if baking is relaxing for you, putting together a multi-layer cake or a batch of cream puffs may be on the top of your list. But if you're on the hunt for a quick and easy recipe to bake up something simple and delicious, you're in the right place.

Bars, or sometimes known as squares, can sometimes get a bad rap in the dessert world. They're a totally classic treat with a hint of nostalgia. For some, they may bring back memories of treats after a church service or snacks for an afternoon tea. But we're here to prove that bars are delicious and deserve equal footing on any dessert table.

These simple raspberry bars are packed with great flavor and texture. With a layer of simple cookie dough, plenty of raspberry jam, and streusel topping, they're the perfect afternoon snack or Sunday dinner dessert.

Gather the ingredients to make raspberry bars

To get started on making a batch of raspberry bars, you'll first want to grab all of your ingredients. Double-check to make sure you have everything on hand before you begin baking.

For these raspberry bars, you'll need two sticks of unsalted butter, softened, one cup of white sugar, one cup of brown sugar, two eggs, two cups of flour, one teaspoon of baking powder, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of salt, and one cup of raspberry jam.

To make the streusel topping for these raspberry bars, you'll need an additional five tablespoons of butter, melted, one cup of flour, three-quarters of a cup of brown sugar, a half of a teaspoon of salt, and half of a cup of oats.

Cream the butter and sugar for the raspberry bars

Once your ingredients are prepped and ready, it's time to make the cookie dough for these raspberry bars. This will serve as the base of the bar.

First, start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit to allow your oven to warm up to the proper temperature. Then, in a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Mix the butter to break it up, and then add in the brown sugar and white sugar. Mix until light and fluffy and well combined, and then mix in the eggs.

Add the dry ingredients to finish the dough for the raspberry bars

Once the butter and sugars are combined and the eggs have been added, it's time to finish the dough for these raspberry bars by adding the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and stir well to combine. Then, gradually mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Continue mixing until a soft dough forms. The dough will be slightly wet and sticky, which is totally fine for this step. 

Make the streusel topping for the raspberry bars

To make the streusel topping for the raspberry bars, start by melting the five tablespoons of butter in the microwave or on the stovetop. Next, combine the three-quarters of a cup of brown sugar, one cup of flour, half of a teaspoon of salt, and half of a cup of oats in a small bowl. Stir to mix the dry ingredients together, and then gradually pour the melted butter over the dry ingredients mixture. Stir the mixture with a fork until clumps begin to form.

Layer the raspberry bars with jam and streusel and then bake

Once the dough is prepared and the streusel topping is ready, prepare a 9 by 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Then, press all of the prepared dough into the pan.

Use a spatula to spread all of the raspberry jam on top of the dough in an even layer. Then, sprinkle the top with streusel topping and press down slightly.

Once prepared, bake the raspberry bars at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes until the edges are lightly golden brown and the center is set. Once finished baking, remove the raspberry bars from the oven and set aside to cool.

Raspberry Bars
5 from 22 ratings
These simple raspberry bars are packed with great flavor and texture. They're the perfect afternoon snack or Sunday dinner dessert.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
30
minutes
Servings
12
bars
raspberry bars served
Total time: 45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened (plus 5 tablespoons for the topping)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (plus ¾ cup for the topping)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour (plus 1 cup for the topping)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus ½ teaspoon for the topping)
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • ½ cup oats
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the 2 sticks of butter and sugars until fluffy.
  3. Mix in the eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Gradually mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  6. Prepare a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray. Press the prepared dough into the pan.
  7. To make the streusel topping, melt the 5 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Combine the ¾ cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, and oats in a small bowl and mix. Pour the melted butter over the dry ingredients mixture, and stir with a fork until clumps begin to form.
  8. Spread raspberry jam over top of the dough. Sprinkle with streusel topping and press down slightly.
  9. Bake the raspberry bars for 30 to 35 minutes until the edges are lightly golden brown and the center is set. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 431
Total Fat 16.6 g
Saturated Fat 10.0 g
Trans Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 67.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 67.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
Total Sugars 41.4 g
Sodium 254.7 mg
Protein 4.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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