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Raspberry Streusel Bars:  Scrumptious berry bars with a melt in your mouth oatmeal crumb topping that can be made with fresh or frozen berries!

With a sweet oatmeal crust, a layer of fresh berries and jam plus a crumble topping, how could you resist these divine raspberry streusel bars?

Raspberry Streusel Bars on a white tray with one bar on a dessert plate in front with a fresh raspberry garnish

Raspberry Streusel Bars

I made these jewel-toned beauties to share with my girlfriends at our “knitting” group. They knit; I chat and bring goodies.  My friends are much better at giving me an honest critique…at home, the comments range from “good” to “eh” to “terrific.” You-know-who only likes his oatmeal for breakfast, cooked to a nearly inedible consistency and loaded with brown sugar. So I had to time the baking of these luscious bars just right.

The hubby does not know what he’s missing as these raspberry streusel bars were spectacular. The crew made these disappear so I didn’t have the task of eating them ALL myself (what a tortuous job that would have been!). The original recipe called for fresh blueberries with raspberry jam…but I swapped out the blueberries for raspberries. I think any combination of complementary berries and jams would work well. Note that these bars are best on the day they’re baked, but they’re still pretty irresistible after that.

Raspberry Streusel Bars cut into squares on a serving tray and on a small dessert plate
Fresh Raspberry Squares for Cookie Week

I’m excited to share another goodie for Cookie Week.  Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present to you a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie you can think of listed this week, including something for our furry friends!

As much as the hubby would have liked all chocolate recipes, I had to shake it up with this delightfully delicious fruit-filled option. With a sweet oatmeal crust, a layer of fresh berries and jam plus a crumble topping, could you resist these divine raspberry streusel bars? I didn’t think so.

Raspberry Streusel Bars - Scrumptious berry bars with a melt in your mouth crumb topping!

The Recipe: Raspberry Streusel Bars

Lovely berry bars with an oatmeal streusel topping!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal (classic or quick oats)
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 cup or 6 ounces), melted
  • 1 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of raspberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon peel
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350º. Combine oats, flour, sugar and butter, mix until crumbly. Reserve 1 cup oat mixture for streusel topping and set aside. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9" square baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.
  2. In medium bowl, combine preserves, raspberries, lemon peel, juice and flour. Mix gently. Spread over crust. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over top, patting down gently. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool and cut into bars.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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64 comments on “Raspberry Streusel Bars”

  1. These bars looks great! The perfect snack for any occasion!

  2. Its great to have recipes that allow for fresh or frozen fruit so that you can enjoy the goodies year round! These bars look delicious with the raspberries and it would be fun to try them with a variety of fruit and jam combinations. No wonder your knitting group gobbled them up!

  3. I adore raspberry streusel bars, Liz! They go great with coffee so yes, I consider them a breakfast food. You guys are filling my cookie folder with all the amazing treats I’m bookmarking this week.

  4. I love the bright red color you were able to get in these by using the fresh berries with the jam. Your are right, your hubby doesn’t know what he is missing!

  5. Hmmm…mm….what a delicious bite ! Love raspberries.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful day.
    Blessings, Kristy

  6. Your Raspberry Streusel Bars are gorgeous. I like the addition of the oatmeal to the crust. I make a similar bar with a shortbread crust, but now I want to try your recipe:)

  7. These look crazy, lip-smacking good. So, so pretty…

  8. These look wonderful. Raspberries are my very favorite berry so I know I would have no trouble getting rid of these. Love your giveaway items. My favorite Christmas cookie has to be an everyday cookie…Chocolate Crinkles.

  9. Raspberries make my heart sing and so would these bars. Very pretty, Liz.

  10. These cookies are very pretty, great color! Lovin’ your handled serving dish too:@)

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