I’ve been picking a lot of blackberries on a trail behind my house so I’ve been experimenting with blackberry recipes. This one was a winner. Blackberry Pie Bars! I’ll be bummed once the blackberries are all gone. I just love picking any type of berries and finding a delicious recipe to try. These blackberry pie bars are simple to make and taste great!
Start off by making the crumble. You will need a food processor for this step. This will be the bottom and the top of the blackberry pie bars. Crumble is my weakness and I love it on any type of dessert.
Grease a 9 x 13 pan and add the half of the crumble onto the bottom of the pan. If you want more on the bottom and less on top that is up to you either way it will be good. Lightly pat the crumble to the bottom of the pan.
In a separate bowl make the blackberry mixture that will go on top of the crumble. Use a fork to mix the blackberry mixture. I smashed some of the berries up so they weren’t full size berries throughout the pie.
Add the blackberry mixture on top of the crumble. Once the blackberry mixture is completely spread over the bottom of the crumble add the remaining crumble on top of the blackberry mixture.
Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the crumble on top is lightly brown. Don’t over bake or the bottom will burn.
Cut up some squares and eat away!
Serve them at a family or friend gathering and people will love these blackberry pie bars with the best crumble on top and bottom.
They are pretty tasty with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Blackberry Pie Bars
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar divided
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Zest and juice of one lemon divided
- 1 cup 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch slices
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups fresh blackberries
- 3 tsp cornstarch
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
In a food processor, pulse together flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and lemon zest.
Add the butter, egg and vanilla extra. Pulsing until dough is crumbly. Lightly pat half of dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, saving the remaining dough for the topping.
In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blackberries (if you wish smash some of the blackberries). Sprinkle the blackberry mixture evenly over the bottom crumble. Sprinkle the remaining crumble over the berry mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for about 35 - 40 minutes, or until top is slightly brown (you are only looking for the top to slightly brown, don't bake too long because the bottom will burn).
Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.