Blackberry Pie Bars*

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My schedule is quickly filling up for the rest of the year and I get stressed out even looking at it. Between Jorge and I, we have over 12 trips before the end of the year. Some are work related and a bunch are personal, but it makes our calendars look pretty crazy. Today we sat down to go through and fill our joint calendar out and it was really overwhelming to look at.

Before the end of the year, we will be heading to NYC, Texas (more than once probably), Blue Ridge Mountains, Boston and South Florida to visit friends (and again to visit my baby sister at college). And that’s only our joint trips! Airlines really need to start offering stock options once you fly them as much as we do.

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We are kicking this all off with a warm up weekend to Orlando. Some of Jorge’s family is in Orlando for the week and we are heading over for a quick over night stay to visit and catch up. Thankfully Orlando is only a little over an hour away, but that doesn’t mean we don’t need a road trip snack!

I love that you get the taste of pie with these bars, but don’t actually have to roll out pie dough. It’s a miracle! At least it is to me — the girl who unreasonably hates to deal with rolling out perfect even pie dough. I love the burst of berries and all the delicious crust surrounding them, but I really love how easy it is to make. I used blackberries, but raspberries and blueberries would work great too!


Blackberry Pie Bars

Yield: 12 Pie Bars


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of one lemon, divided
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

In a food processor, pulse together flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon salt and lemon zest. Add the butter, egg and vanilla extra. Pulsing until dough is crumbly. Pat half of dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, saving the remaining dough for the topping.

In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blackberries. Sprinkle the blackberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.

Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown (you are only looking for the top to slightly brown, if you cook for too long - the bottom will burn).

Cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.

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38 Responses to “Blackberry Pie Bars”

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — July 25, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    Making pie crust look pretty is my enemy so this recipe is right up my ally!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 25, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    Oh my, you DO have a jam packed rest of summer! Good luck with the rest of it. Sweets sure help when I’m feeling stressed…like these bars! Yum!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 25, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    Boston?! Yay! Sorry totally distracted by that. Okay these bars… helloooo! Love your styling and I bet they tasted beyond delicious.

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    Tieghan — July 25, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    Whoa! You are busy! Sounds fun though!
    These bars looks awesome. I love blackberries!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 25, 2013 @ 11:27 pm

    I love baking with fruit and have a cake next week that uses blackberries. I love love these bars! And glad they’re bars rather than a pie – faster and less fussy :) Pinned.

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    Sophie — July 26, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    These sound amazing!!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — July 26, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    These are absolutely stunning…and calling my name! I’m so down with anything that tastes like pie but doesn’t require making the dough. I love blackberries, too, so I’m sold!

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    Erin R. — July 26, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    My mouth literally started watering when I saw that first picture.

  10. 10

    Jaclyn — July 26, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!! These look amazingly delicious!

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    Min — July 26, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Perfect timing! My blackberries just ripened a crop large enough for this. Time to go out and pick!

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    Laura Dembowski — July 26, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Blackberries are one of my favorite fruits and it’s hard to find good recipes using them. These looks so great!

  13. 13

    Keley — July 27, 2013 @ 1:05 am

    Love the photos. Great perspective!

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    Cookbook Queen — July 27, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    I NEEEEED these in my life!!!

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    Kiran @ — July 27, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    I totally need these bars in my life!!

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    Joanne — July 28, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    That is a LOT of traveling! I’m exhausted just thinking about it! In fact, I think I”ll need a few of these bars to sustain myself!

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    AJ — July 28, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    I tried these this afternoon. They were easy to make and got rave reviews all around. Do you think frozen blackberries would work?

    • Jessica replied: — July 29th, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

      I think you could use frozen berries if you made completely positive there was no extra water/frozen ice stuck to them. Would hate for the bars to turn out soup-y!

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    Erin — July 29, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    I made these today. The perfect dessert! Thank you!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 30, 2013 @ 2:00 am

    I freakin’ love pie bars, almost more than pie itself! Gimme one of these and an espresso now..

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 30, 2013 @ 10:38 pm

    Oh my goodness, these pie bars look divine! I am loving this :)

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    Dina — August 7, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    they sound yummy!

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    Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker — August 7, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    These look heavenly! All that fresh fruit bursting through is just gorgeous. :) And I kinda think that when you can make pie bars that are just as good as pie, why go through the pie-making hassle?

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    ErinsFoodFiles — August 7, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

    I’ve made a version of this same recipe (via Smitten Kitchen, who cited All Recipes). MAN, SO GOOD.

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    Sarah Johnson — August 19, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    Looks great! I will have to try this! :-)

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    Lisa C — September 17, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I made these for our Sunday School class a couple of weeks ago, and they were devoured! They really do taste like blackberry pie. I will be making them again for a girl’s weekend away. Bring on the ice cream!! Thanks for the great recipe.

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    Aimee — September 26, 2013 @ 10:15 am

    I just made these today and the only thing I changed was I made them in an 8×8 pan and halved the recipe. They were delicious!! I think when I make them again I might add a little more flour to the dough if I am going to half them because I still had to use 1 egg and it made them a little wetter.

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    Carolina — October 16, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    These look delicious! One question, I don’t have a food processor or a powerful blender. Should I just cut in the butter and then add the egg and vanilla or should I just put it all in a bowl and cut on the butter with it?

    • Jessica replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

      Yep – you can do it by hand! Just prepare for it to take a while. It’s a lot like making regular pie crust – just not as moist.

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