Streusel Cherry Crumble Bars

3 Layers: Shortbread, Cherries, & Oats
About these dessert bars:
  • Shortbread bottom, cherries in the middle, oats/brown sugar topping!
  • Made in about 30 mins!
  • Great texture! with the dense bottom, soft middle and crunchy top
  • Cold unsalted butter works best, but (margarine could work as well in a pinch)
  • fresh or frozen cherries
  • any fruit could replace the cherries. Blueberries, mixed berries, blackberries etc.

The Method:

Firstly, the base is made by combining: flour, salt, baking powder, and powdered sugar and whisking them together. Then cutting cubes of the unsalted butter in. Once an even thick dough appears it gets pressed into the base of a 9×13 inch pan; which gets baked for ~13 mins at 350 Degrees F, then set to cool.

Next, the cherry filing is quite simply made by combining the cherries with cornstarch and sugar and placed evenly on-top of the base.

Lastly the streusel topping is made with oats, brown sugar, and melted butter; mixed in a bowl with a fork then sprinkled overtop and it is complete. Bake for a second time now for about 15 mins, let cool, and enjoy!

The Recipe:
Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins10 mins + 15 mins30 mins
Yields: one 9×13 inch pan

Streusel Cherry Crumble Bars

Ingredients:

the base:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup unsalted butter *softened*

the filing:

  • 2-3 cups cherries (depends on size/fresh or frozen etc. just enough to cover base completely)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

streusel topping

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (rolled or large flake)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
Procedure:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F and line one 9×13 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, powdered sugar, salt, and baking powder. Make sure there are no lumps, especially with the powdered sugar. Next, using a pastry blender, two butter knives, or a couple forks, cut in the unsalted butter until small peas sized (even) chunks remain. *this is why it is important to have room temp. and softened butter, it is easy to cut in when it is in this sate*

Once completed the dough should look similar to that of a cookie dough or shortbread. Press the dough in-to the bottom of the pan and bake for ~10 mins. Once out of the oven let cool.

In another bowl, make the filling by combining the cherries, granulated sugar, and cornstarch. Pour evenly on-top of the base; set aside.

Lastly, make the streusel topping by mixing the oats and brown sugar and pouring the melted butter on-top. Mix with a fork and sprinkle over the cherries.

Bake the tray bake for ~15 mins or until slightly golden!

Let cool, slice, enjoy!

Happy Baking!

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