Fresh Raspberry Bars

Berry season calls for fresh raspberry bars, and these aren’t your average bar! They’re loaded with a thick filling of fresh and perfectly sweetened raspberries sandwiched between a hefty layer of buttery dough and oats. They’re ooey-gooey, with a thick raspberry center similar to pie filling, and just PERFECT. You will need at least a couple of these sweet treats in one sitting (fork and extra napkins recommended)!

– all-purpose flour – old-fashioned oats – light brown sugar – baking soda – salt – butter, melted – fresh raspberries – sugar cornstarch lemon zest and juice

1. Make the crust/topping: Preheat the oven and prepare an 8-inch baking pan. Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt, then stir in the melted butter. The mixture will look a bit sandy but will bind when pinched together.

Step 1

1. Form the crust: Firmly press half of the crust mixture into the pan, and bake for 12-14 minutes (it will puff up slightly).

Step 2

1. Make the raspberry filling: When the crust is baking, place the raspberries in a mixing bowl. Separately, combine the sugar, cornstarch and lemon zest. Add the lemon juice to the berries and then fold in the sugar/cornstarch. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes while crust bakes.

Step 3

Layer and bake: Spread the raspberry filling over the baked crust and sprinkle the remaining half of the crumble over the berries. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the raspberry juices are bubbling and the crust turns golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the raspberry bars to cool completely.

Step 4

These are not your ordinary raspberry bars. They are loaded with a thick filling of fresh raspberries that are perfectly sweetened. It is more like a pie filling and you just might need a fork to eat them.

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