Strawberry Crumble Bars

Ahhhh….crumble bars. One of my favorite desserts to make when fresh fruit and berries come into season. Nothing says warmer weather is on the way than fresh berries in the grocery store. Strawberries have been so tempting at the grocery store this past week, not to mention super cheap. I am so excited for spring to come, especially since we have had highs in the upper 60′s the past two days. We have been spoiled, but I am just waiting for mother nature to decide to surprise us with a snow storm since we have had next to no snow this winter. We only have about 12 days left until the first day of spring, so even if we have a surprise snow storm at least the warm weather is on its way! These crumble bars are a wonderful way to make it through the next few days of winter. ;) They are best straight out of the refrigerator with some whipped cream on top….reminds me of a portable strawberry shortcake! A thick and buttery bottom layer topped with a sweet strawberry filling and finished off with a buttery crumbly topping. A dessert so simple, yet very satisfying.

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Strawberry Crumble Bars

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For the Crumble:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one lemon

For the Strawberry Filling:

  • Juice of one lemon
  • 4 cups diced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
  2. For the Crumble: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine 1 cup sugar, flour, and baking powder on low speed. Add salt and lemon zest and mix until combined. Add the butter, toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Add egg and mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan. Place reserved half aside. Place the pan and the remainder of the dough in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
  3. For the Strawberry Filling: In a small bowl, stir together the 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the strawberries. Sprinkle the strawberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely on wire rack then transfer to the refrigerator to chill before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yields: 24 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 45 minutes

Source: adapted from Blueberry Crumble Bars

Do you love crumble bars as much as I do? :) Here are a few of my favorite crumble bar recipes! 

 Peach Crumble Bars

 Cranberry Orange Crumble Bars

 Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bars

 Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars

 Caramel Crumb Bars

 Blueberry Crumble Bars

Cranberry Crumb Bars

 Apple Walnut Crumb Bars

22 Responses to “Strawberry Crumble Bars”

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    Judy@Savoring Today — March 8, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    First thing I thought was, pretty in pink! All they need is a string of pearls–gorgeous.

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    Karista — March 8, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    When I see your post come through my email I always know there will be something absolutely delicious inside!! :)

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    thekalechronicles — March 8, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Wow! That’s a lot of crumble bars! I’m interested in your raspberry and peach variations — made with frozen fruit, of course: the only thing fresh here right now is citrus.

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    thoma — March 8, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    God, these look heavenly! I love strawberry recipes and they’re totally in season now here. Will definitely try this out. Btw I made your Nutella Banana Muffins and posted them two days back.

    Ty for this lovely recipe!

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    Bluejellybeans — March 8, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Yummy yummy!
    Great recipe, they look incredibly appealing :)

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    ChgoJohn — March 8, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    These all look so good, Christina! How is someone supposed to decide where to start!

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    Annie — March 8, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Do you have to use a mixer with a paddle attachment? What would happen if I didn’t?

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

      You can cut the butter into the flour mixture with a fork if you don’t have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. JUst make sure that the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

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    The Teenage Taste — March 9, 2012 @ 6:18 am

    Berries, in addition to having no school, going to the beach, etc., are one of my favorite things about Summer! They’re so delicious on their own, but even better in cobblers, pies, and these crumble bars! I’ll definitely be bookmarking those peach ones! :-D

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    simplydelish — March 9, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    These look great! I love how you did a homemade strawberry filling instead of just using strawberry jam!

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    m&m — March 9, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    Those look absolutely amazing!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — March 10, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    Your peach crumble bars were absolutely fantastic. These look just as good.

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    ....RaeDi — March 10, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    If they taste anything like the photos you took they will be delicious!

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    Just A Smidgen — March 10, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    Looks so yummy!! Do you think frozen rhubarb with strawberries would work as well??

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    samacwns — March 11, 2012 @ 12:04 am

    I think I need to try some crumble bars!

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    Ruth Ward — March 11, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    Just made these. The smell is divine….couldn’t possibly wait till they cooled and were refrigerated….(they are delicious warm, too!). I have made MANY recipes from your posts…I KNOW that each will be incredible. You are an outstanding cook – hope your hubby appreciates you!!! I follow you from the Quad Cities (Bettendorf, Davenport Iowa/ Moline, Rock Island Illinois)
    Feel as though we are neighbors sharing recipes!!! Keep ‘em coming!!

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

      Ruth,
      Yea! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the crumble bars! Thanks so much for the kind words, I am so happy to hear that you enjoy the recipes I post! :)

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    Chica Andaluza — March 16, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I adore crumbles, so I am sure these would be delicious!

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    Texaslifemilitarywife — March 31, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

    Another great recipe that I have found on your website. Thanks so much for sharing these great recipes! I have strawberries in the fridge, I will be making these and your banana bars tonight!

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    mccarronequine — April 2, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    Made these wonderful strawberry crumbles. They are absolutely delicious, and so easy to make too! My husband & son now have a new favorite. I’m another Illinois follower, from Downs (over by Bloomington).

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    Katie — May 8, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

    I really love your strawberry crumble bars and so do the people I make them for :) The second time I made them, I mistakenly forgot the egg but they still turned out amazing!!! Thank you for the recipe.

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