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Blackberry Pie Bars

July 5, 2019

Blackberry Pie Bars are a perfectly delicious handheld treat made with fresh or frozen blackberries.

A white cake stand with Blackberry Pie Bars on top.

Oh my goodness! Are these a pie, a bar or a pie bar? Kind of tricky right? I’m calling this delicious dessert Blackberry Pie Bars.

What is a pie bar?

Think of a handheld portable little bite of a pie made into a bar that won’t fall apart when you pick it up. Whew! That’s a mouthful. Don’t worry about what you call them, just get making them! 

What ingredients are needed for blackberry pie bars?

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Blackberries
  • Cornstarch
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon juice and zest
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Sour Cream

Fresh blackberries, eggs, flour, sugar and other ingredients on a white board.

Do I use fresh or frozen blackberries?

You can use either fresh or frozen blackberries for this dessert. If using frozen, allow berries to thaw slightly. Break apart any berries that are clumped together.  The thawed berries will have more juice than the fresh berries. It may turn your batter a bit purple. 

We picked a lot of blackberries last year and froze them by the gallons.  In addition to these bars I also make baked french toast, blackberry muffins and blackberry jam with the berries. 

How do I make the crust?

I use a food processor to make this crust.

  1. Place flour, sugar and salt in the food processor. Pulse 3-4 times to mix.
  2. Cut up butter into small cubes and add to food processor. Pulse until well combined.

The dough will look very dry.  

A handful of a flour mixture.

Grab a small handful and squeeze together. The dough should hold together.

Dough formed together and held in a hand.

Place 1 cup of the flour mixture aside and save to use as a topping. Place remaining mixture into a greased 9 X 13″ glass baking dish.

Flour mixture in a glass baking dish.

Pat mixture down in dish so it forms together. A glass baking dish lined with a shortbread crust.

How do I make the filling?

In a large bowl combine

  • eggs
  • sour cream
  • sugar 
  • cornstarch

Sour cream being whisked into fresh eggs.

Mix in

  • cinnamon
  • lemon juice 
  • lemon zest
  • vanilla

Sugar pouring into a liquid mixture for making Blackberry Pie Bars.

Gently fold in blackberries

Batter filled with blackberries.

Pour mixture on top of unbaked crust. Take remaining flour mixture and sprinkle over filling. Press flour mixture together into small pieces before sprinkling on top. 

An unbaked Blackberry Pie Bar.

How long do I bake Blackberry Pie Bars?

Bake for 1 hour until center is no longer wiggly. 

Do I need to let these bars cool before serving?

I find it best to allow the bars to cool before slicing and serving. The bars will continue to setup as they cool. I serve these at room temperature.

A baked dessert filled with blackberries.

Slice bars into small squares or rectangles and serve.

Blackberry Bars on a white platter.

Top with fresh blackberries if desired.

 

A white plate filled with blackberry pie bar squares.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A platter filled with bars topped with fresh blackberries.

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

5 from 7 votes
A white plate filled with blackberry pie bar squares.
Blackberry Pie Bars
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Blackberry Pie Bars are a perfectly delicious handheld treat made with fresh or frozen blackberries.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blackberry Dessert, Blackberry Pie Bars
Servings: 16 Bars
Calories: 176 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter cut into small cubes
Filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups blackberries
Instructions
Crust
  1. Place flour, sugar and salt in the food processor. Pulse 3-4 times to mix.

  2. Add butter to food processor. Pulse until well combined.

  3. The dough will be very dry. Grab a small handful and squeeze together. The dough should hold together.

    Reserve 1 cup of dough for the topping.

  4. Place dough into a greased 9 x 13" baking dish. Pat dough down so dough is flat in dish.

Filling
  1. Combine eggs, sour cream, sugar and corn starch together in a bowl.

  2. Add cinnamon, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla and combine.

  3. Fold in blackberries.

  4. Pour mixture over prepared crust.

  5. Use remaining crust you set aside to place on top of liquid mixture. Squeeze flour together so the dough forms small pieces. Sprinkle on top.

  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

  7. Remove and let cool before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

Can use fresh or frozen blackberries

Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 176 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    July 11, 2019 at 7:19 am


    Kathy, these blackberry pie bars look just wonderful! Love those big juicy blackberries. So easy using the same mix for the topping and the crust.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 11, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! These are super easy to make and the blackberries add so much flavor!

  • Reply
    Matt @ Total Feasts
    July 9, 2019 at 11:53 am


    Oh, I love love love blackberries! What a great idea, the only time I’ve actually baked with blackberries is if I’m making a crumble. These bars sound delightful, and a perfect tea time dessert!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 11, 2019 at 5:43 am

      Thanks, Matt!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 8, 2019 at 6:26 am

    These look totally delicious Kathy! Fruit bars are a regular during the summer here at the beach. I will definitely be adding these to my baking list!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 8, 2019 at 5:43 am


    I absolutely love blackberries! I keep hoping I’ll stumble on a wild patch of blackberries somewhere around here, but it hasn’t happened yet. We had a great blackberry patch in the old house, so I need to start a new one here. In the meantime, I’ll have to rely on storebought berries. These pie bars sound (and look) incredibly tasty, Kathy! Perfect summer dessert!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 8, 2019 at 6:00 am

      Store bought berries are delicious too. šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Valentina
    July 7, 2019 at 2:22 pm


    A pie, a bar, a cookie — I’ll take this in any shape or form. Love that it works with frozen berries, too. That way the deliciousness lasts all year long. šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 8, 2019 at 6:00 am

      I just need to make certain I stock my freezer with blackberries again this summer so I can enjoy these all year long!

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    July 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Yum! Looks great. There are tons of blackberries growing all over the pasture. I discovered some new brambles when riding my horse around the field a couple of days ago. Ouch! I think I’m going to get back into picking and freezing blackberries again. I tend to bake blackberry pie with the ones I pick, but I’m always looking for different recipes to try – thanks!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 8, 2019 at 5:58 am

      I think it’s time to get picking again – and baking!

  • Reply
    Haylie / Our Balanced Bowl
    July 6, 2019 at 4:37 am


    Kathy, this looks so Summery and delicious! I’m all about anything pie – especially when it’s handheld like this! Perfect to pair with my coffee!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 8, 2019 at 5:58 am

      It’s a delicious summertime dessert!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    July 5, 2019 at 11:21 am


    What a great idea.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 8, 2019 at 5:57 am

      Thanks!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 5, 2019 at 10:29 am


    From that gorgeous crust to that delicious berry filling, I’m all over this one Kathy! It just screams summer! So perfect with a tall, cold glass of milk right about now šŸ™‚ Happy Friday to ya!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 8, 2019 at 5:57 am

      It’s a delicious treat and a cold glass of milk is a perfect accompaniment!

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