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How to Make Strawberry Crumble Bars – Perfect for Summer!

Strawberry Crumble Bars

I love baking with seasonal fruit but I don’t do it nearly as much as I’d like.  It seems like so many times I gravitate to chocolate rather than fruit.  But I love strawberry shortcake and really wanted to come up with something to bake with strawberries (‘cause they were on an amazing sale!).  So, I decided to make a version of Strawberry Crumble Bars.

Using a different recipe as a base to start, I tweaked the recipe to fit what I wanted it to be like.  Plus, I was making it for a birthday at the office so it needed to be larger version than a simple 8×8 or 9×9.  We really like birthday celebrations at the office and really like eating sweets so I needed to plan accordingly!

Strawberry Crumble Bars

At first glance, the recipe might seem a little overwhelming because it lists so many ingredients.  I know I get first impressions on a recipe by the number of ingredients.  But it really is a simple recipe and just has a few layers to it.  But each layer is really easy to make and in the end, it really doesn’t take that long to make.  (Another piece of a recipe that I always take into consideration!)

I like simple recipes that use everyday ingredients, don’t require any special prepping techniques and are pretty basic in nature.  My thought is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time, energy or money on baking good treats for your family or friends.

This treat starts with a flour based crust layer.  I love bars with this simple crust layer!  It provides a strong foundation for almost anything you put on top of it.  And a great way to hold up the bar so it doesn’t just fall apart when you pick it up.  It doesn’t have a strong taste presentation so it doesn’t distract from the star of the bar, the strawberries.

Strawberry Crumble Bars

The next layer is a combination of strawberry preserves and sliced fresh strawberries.  This is when I always wish I had fresh preserves but with my busy life, that’s not going to happen for some time.  Maybe after both the boys are in college or maybe after I retire!  Haha  But for now, I settle for a store-bought preserves and my super sale strawberries.

Keep scrolling for the recipe!

Then you add an oatmeal crumble to the top that will get nice brown and crunchy after baking.  And it’s sweet from the sugars and it’s just super yummy!  If you want, you can stop here and be just fine or you can add the finale of a vanilla drizzle.   I’ll be honest, I forgot the drizzle this time.  But no one knew the difference and they were still so good!

I don’t have anything special to use for a drizzle so I normally put my drizzle in a baggie and cut just a bit of a corner off to use.  I’ve tried the spoon drizzle technique and I just end up with globs then drizzle, globs then drizzle.  I obviously am not a spoon drizzle aficionado.  So, I improvise and use a baggie drizzler tool (yes, I just made that up!).

Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

TTYL!  Lori

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Strawberry Crumble Bars
Strawberry Crumble Bars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45-50 minutes 2.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45-50 minutes 2.5 hours
Strawberry Crumble Bars
Strawberry Crumble Bars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45-50 minutes 2.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
24 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45-50 minutes 2.5 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line the bottom and sides of an 9x13 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough to hang over on all sides. Then spray the foil with non-stick spray.
  2. Make the crust: Stir the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir until everything is combined. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the crust from the oven, and turn the oven up to 350°F.
  4. Spread preserves over warm crust. Dot the preserves with sliced strawberries on top.
  5. Make the crumble: Mix the oats, brown sugar, and flour together in a medium bowl. Mix in the chilled butter/margarine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the filling with crumble and bake for 30–35 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown. The strawberry filling should be bubbling on the edges.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow cooling for at least 20 minutes. Drizzle the bars with vanilla glaze. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours (or overnight). Carefully, lift the foil out of the pan and cut into squares.

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