Berry Crumble Bars are bursting with fresh mixed berries and topped with a pecan-studded crumble. These bars are easy to make and perfect to serve at any spring brunch or party.

Berry Crumble Bars are an easy spring dessert, perfect for entertaining!

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My kid has a bone to pick with Mother Nature.

All Elle wants is for the weather to be warm enough to wear her shorts and sandals. My little fashionista has had her summer outfits picked out for weeks and the weather just won’t cooperate.

We’ll have a day of sunny weather in the upper-60s and my sweet girl will get her hopes up for shorts-and-sandals weather. And then BOOM – we’ll have snow.

Berry Crumble Bars are the best combination of pie, crumble and cookie bars

Seriously! It was 70 degrees last week and then this weekend we had snow.

I may not be able to make the weather cooperate outside of the house, but inside we can still pretend the weather is warm. We can will it to be spring if we bake enough Berry Crumble Bars, right?

Top Berry Crumble Bars with a crumbly topping studded with pecans

CRUMBLE BARS

Have you ever had a crumble bar?

Crumble bars, sometimes called crumb bars, are what you’d get if you combined a pie, a fruit crumble, and a cookie bar all in one. They are also easy to make because they use the same dough for the base and the topping.

Take Berry Crumble Bars to any spring brunch or party. They'll be a hit!

The dough for crumb bars is sort of a cross between a shortbread and a sugar cookie dough. Half of the dough gets pressed into the bottom of the pan. The filling goes on top, and then the rest of the dough gets “crumbled” on top.

The result is a bar that can be cut into larger pieces and served with ice cream on top or cut into smaller pieces and served like cookie bars.

Pecans make a flavorful addition to the topping for Berry Crumble Bars

BERRY CRUMB BARS RECIPE

While I’ve made all kinds of crumble bars in the past, such as Apple Cranberry Crumble Bars for fall and Peach Crumb Bars for summer, mixed berries make up my favorite filling for spring.

To make these Berry Crumble Bars, I reached for my favorite combo of fresh blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. You could use any combination of fresh berries you like best, though. Just make sure you have about 4 cups total.

Mixed berries make the perfect filling for springy Berry Crumble Bars

To give a bit more flavor and texture, I decided to add a handful of my favorite Fisher® Pecans to the topping of my Berry Crumble Bars. Nuts such as almonds, pecans and walnuts are a great addition to spring recipes, and the Fisher® Pecans definitely leveled up the crumble topping in this recipe.

Berry Crumble Bars are best shared with friends - and with a scoop of ice cream!

Not to mention that Fisher® nuts are always fresh right out of their shells, have no preservatives and are non-GMO Project Verified. The zip-top, stand-up bag keeps the nuts fresh for longer so I know their flavor will always match up to the fresh spring berries I’m using in my Berry Crumble Bars and all my spring baking.

A single easy dough makes the base and topping for Berry Crumble Bars

BERRY DESSERT RECIPES FOR SPRING

Berry Crumble Bars are really just the beginning when it comes to some of my favorite spring berry dessert recipes.

Tarts are beautiful for entertaining and perfect for topping with berries. Try Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart, Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart, or Blueberry White Chocolate Tart.

Berry Crumble Bars are easy to make; you'll want to take them to every spring brunch!

Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp and Mixed Berry Cobbler are both bursting with sweet berries and easy to make for a crowd. Try adding some Fisher® nuts to any berry crisp toppings!

And don’t forget cookies and ice cream! Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies and Berry Cookie Cups are both great to pair with No Churn Roasted Berry Ice Cream.

Berry Crumble Bars will be your family's new favorite spring dessert

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending a brunch this spring, berry-packed recipes such as Berry Crumble Bars will be a big hit.

Pick up Fisher® nuts at Walmart, both online and in-store, for all your spring baking.

Top Berry Crumble Bars with a scoop of ice cream for a delicious spring dessert

Berry Crumble Bars

Berry Crumble Bars

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Berry Crumble Bars are bursting with fresh mixed berries and topped with a pecan-studded crumble. These bars are easy to make and perfect to serve at any spring brunch or party.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup Fisher Pecans, finely chopped

For the Filling

  • 1-½ cups fresh blueberries
  • 1-½ cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan with butter or nonstick cooking spray. You can also line the pan with foil or parchment before greasing the pan to ensure they do not stick.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the light brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Pulse the mixture in the food processor a few times to incorporate the ingredients. Add in the butter and continue to pulse the food processor until the mixture comes together and small clumps form. Add in the egg and pulse again to combine.
  3. If you do not own a food processor, you can use a pastry blender or two forks to cut the butter into the flour mixture. It will take a little more time, but it is totally doable.
  4. Spoon half of the crumble mixture into the prepared pan and use your hands or the bottom of a measuring cup to pat the mixture into an even and compact crust layer. 
  5. Add your berries to a large bowl and gently toss them with the lemon juice.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and cornstarch. Sprinkle the cornstarch and sugar mixture over the top of the berries and gently toss to cover the berries with the mixture. Pour berries evenly over the crust.
  7. Crumble the remaining crumble topping over the berries. To make little clumps, simple squeeze the crumble topping in your hand and sprinkle the crumbs to create a topping layer. Sprinkle pecans on top of crumble topping. 
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Cool completely before serving. 
  9. Serve these berry crumble bars alone, or slightly warmed up with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 16
Amount Per Serving Calories 306 Total Fat 15g Saturated Fat 8g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 6g Cholesterol 42mg Sodium 105mg Carbohydrates 42g Fiber 3g Sugar 21g Protein 4g

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