Economical and easy to make bars. Kids love them. You can use any variety of berry that you like; we used raspberries in this recipe.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
15
Yield:
12 -15 bars
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease one 13x9-inch pan.

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  • Combine 1 cup of the sugar, the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, shortening, and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the prepared pan.

  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, the cornstarch and berries. Place mixture over dough in pan. Crumble the remaining dough over the tops of the berries.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until top is slightly browned, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

312 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 43.5g 14% DV; fat 14.4g 22% DV; cholesterol 12.4mg 4% DV; sodium 48.1mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (127)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2008
Okay...first of all I used fresh blueberries and was concerned that as the blueberries gave off their juices, it would turn out to liquidy. But it was fabulous! The corn starch really did it's job. Finally a fruit bar that's not sickening sweet! It's perfect and the crumb crust and topping doesn't steal the show from the fruit...which is how it should be. I didn't feel guilty eating these at all! Wonderful recipe and super simple! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/15/2002
This was Easy & Great Tasting. I used Raspberry Jam in place of berries & it still turned out Great. I want to try it with peachs someday. Read More
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158 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 102
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 14
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2008
Okay...first of all I used fresh blueberries and was concerned that as the blueberries gave off their juices, it would turn out to liquidy. But it was fabulous! The corn starch really did it's job. Finally a fruit bar that's not sickening sweet! It's perfect and the crumb crust and topping doesn't steal the show from the fruit...which is how it should be. I didn't feel guilty eating these at all! Wonderful recipe and super simple! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2009
My original intent was to make a mixed berry pie today, but laziness got the better of me and I made this instead - the point being, it is EASY - and with little effort I had something fresh, pretty and delicious! I pulsed the dry ingredients in the food processor, then pulsed in the shortening and, finally, the egg, which I beat slightly with a teaspoon of vanilla. I found this method quick, easy and it crumbled beautifully. For the fruit I used a mix of fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Mine was perfectly done at 45 minutes, although I started to check it at 35. The results were perfect. Just as good as a crumb topped mixed berry pie and so much quicker to throw together. Very nice recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2008
I used blackberries extra sugar mixed in the berries and butter as suggested by reviewers a little more cinnamon and it was perfect. The flavor really came together after sitting for a day or two the crumb mix was kind of bland the first day and on the third it had the best flavor. Can't wait to try it with raspberries! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2006
I tell you what! If people would only make this recipe as is they would find it WONDERFUL! No tweaking! This deserves five stars!! You can try other fillings but the rasberry is far the best!! Thanks for an easy recipe! It didn't last long in my house and I've made it three times already! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2008
Took these into work and they were devoured within minutes! I took the advice of others and used butter instead of shortening and doubled the amount of sugar on the berries. Very tasty and easy to make. Next time I will combine all of the dry ingredients first for the crust then add the butter and egg. I will also use a food processor to cut the butter into the flour mixture. This should help make the mixture a little more crumbly like small pebbles. I had to work pretty hard to cut the butter into the flour mixture by hand! Thanks Jan! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2004
Remember the Seinfield episode about how everyone loves the tops of muffins and don't want the rest of the muffin? This recipe solves that problem. When I'm in a hurry I'll make these with either raspberry or blueberry canned pie filling...either way they are simply wonderful and disappear very quickly! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2003
Very easy and very good! I have made them with berries peaches and crushed pineapple. Each time it turned out great Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2005
Scrumptious and super easy to make! I used Splenda for Baking to reduce calories and sugar content and it was still delicious! My family and friends ate it so fast! Make sure to let it cool completely before you try and cut it into bars or they will be a little mushy. Next time I will try whole wheat flour to increse the healthfulness and see how it tastes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2010
Simple recipe and end results were awesome. Used mixed frozen berries (frozen berries no sugar added) consisting of strawberries blueberries raspberries and blackberries. Used butter instead of shortening just because. Also added a tsp of almond extract to the crumb mixter and brown sugar to the topping. Cut them into small bars after they cooled and they are so incredibly yummy. Hubby and I both agree FIVE STARS! I will absolutely make them again and again. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/15/2002
This was Easy & Great Tasting. I used Raspberry Jam in place of berries & it still turned out Great. I want to try it with peachs someday. Read More
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