Blackberry Crunch Bars

Recipe by appleydapply
READY IN: 1hr 25mins
YIELD: 24 bars
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • For the crust:
  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x13 glass baking dish.
  • Place the butter, sugar, flour, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. On low speed with the paddle attachment, mix until the butter is in small pea-sized chunks. (This could also be done by hand with a pastry blender).
  • Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. You can set aside the bowl to use for the topping.
  • Bake until the surface is dry and the edges are very lightly browned, about 20-22 minutes. Let cool at least 20 minutes before adding filling.
  • For the filling:
  • Pop a berry into your mouth. If it's an early-season berry from the store, it might be a little tart. If so, and you want make the filling a bit sweeter, add the extra 2 Tablespoons of sugar to the bowl in the next step.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the 1/2 cup sugar (+ 2 T extra if needed), cornstarch, and salt. Stir in the berries and zest until combined. Set aside.
  • For the topping:
  • In the bowl of the electric mixer, place the butter, sugar, cinnamon, salt, flour and vanilla. On low speed with the paddle attachment, mix until the butter is in small pea-sized chunks and the mixture begins to clump together. (This could also be done by hand with a pastry blender).
  • To assemble:
  • Spread the filling on the cooled crust. Especially if the berries are large, the filling might not evenly cover the crust. That's OK.
  • Spread the topping over the filling. The whole thing will look pretty lumpy. That's OK.
  • Bake until the topping has browned lightly and the berry filling is bubbling, about 40 minutes.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars. They are best eaten with a fork because they're a little crumbly.
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