Blackberry and Mascarpone Crumble Bars


This recipe came to me as I was picking an abundance of blackberries. It is tart but creamy, especially with vanilla ice cream.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 40 mins
16 bars



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup almond meal

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mascarpone Filling:

  • 1 (8 ounce) container mascarpone cheese

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 1 medium lemon, zested and juiced, divided

Blackberry Filling:

  • 4 cups fresh blackberries

  • ¼ cup white sugar, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon orange liqueur

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  2. Mix flour, almond meal, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt for dough together in a bowl. Cut in butter until it is pea-sized. Mix in egg and vanilla extract until dough is crumbly.

  3. Pat 1/2 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan, saving the remaining dough for the topping.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until edges just start to turn brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Leave the oven on.

  5. Beat mascarpone cheese, sugar, 1/2 of the lemon zest, and 1/2 of the lemon juice together in a bowl for mascarpone filling.

  6. Combine blackberries, sugar, remaining lemon zest, remaining lemon juice, cornstarch, orange liqueur, and salt for blackberry filling in another bowl.

  7. Spread mascarpone filling across the cooled bottom crust. Spread blackberry filling over mascarpone filling, then sprinkle reserved dough in crumbles evenly over top.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is bubbling and top crust is lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. For best results, refrigerate for 8 hours to overnight before cutting into 16 bars.

Cook's Note:

You can use the liqueur of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

325 Calories
20g Fat
32g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 325
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 12mg 62%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 192mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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