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Raspberry Bars

These simple Raspberry Bars are sweet and tart with a little salty bite!

Raspberry Bars stacked on a wire rack

Raspberry Bars

Preserves and jams reside in their own dedicated section of my refrigerator. I enjoy them just that much, whether it be on simple toast or a bagel or homemade biscuits. And I enjoy baking with them, too

These Raspberry Bars are a lovely way to feature sweet raspberry preserves. You can, of course, use another variety of preserves, but there’s something special about raspberry in these beauties.

overhead view of Raspberry Bars on a wire rack

These bars begin with a simple shortbread crust made with some basic baking ingredients. You’ll notice a little more salt than you might expect here, but that salty bite is such a wonderful contrast to the sweetness of the raspberry preserves.

Some of that crust mixture is reserved for the topping, too. That way you get that sweet, buttery crust sandwiched around all that sweet berry deliciousness.

Tips for Success

  • Measure accurately. Use a kitchen scale to measure by weight if possible. Otherwise, spoon and sweep the dry ingredients and sugar to be as accurate as possible.
  • Use quick or regular oats. Quick oats are smaller and make for a smoother texture, but regular oats will work, too. Just be sure to substitute by volume, as regular oats don’t weigh the same. (You’d need about 148g of regular oats.)
  • Adjust the salt if you want. The saltiness of the crust and topping go well with the sweet preserves, but you can dial it back if you aren’t a sweet and salty fan. With that saltiness, be sure you’re not also using salted butter.
  • Be diligent in mixing. Shortbread doughs can be a bit tricky. You should end up with a sandy dough that will hold together when it’s pinched.
  • Try different preserves. Raspberry is great, but try other favorites for some variety.
Raspberry Bars on a wire rack and a light surface

When these Raspberry Bars come out of the oven, the aroma coming from them is incredible. Waiting to cut into them is a bit torturous, but it will be worth it when you get your first sweet, chewy, fruity bite!

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Raspberry Bars

Raspberry Bars are a quick and easy treat featuring a simple shortbread and sweet raspberry preserves!

Raspberry Bars stacked on a wire rack


  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 & 1/2 cups (120g) quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200g) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 10 ounces (283g) raspberry preserves


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9"x 13" pan. If you prefer, you can also line the pan with parchment paper, and grease the paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the oats. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. The mixture will be crumbly but should hold together when pinched.
  5. Set aside half of the crust mixture.
  6. Transfer the remaining crust mixture to the prepared pan, and press evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Spread the raspberry preserves on top of the crust.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture on top of the preserves.
  9. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  10. Cool the bars in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars for serving.


Recipe slightly adapted from Southern Living.

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    5 Comments on “Raspberry Bars”

  1. Oh YUM!!! I love raspberry bars. Must try these soon.

  2. Hi! Just ran into your photos on Flickr and so glad that I found your blog! I’ll definitely be back 🙂

  3. YUM! Talk about looking tooth-achingly good…

  4. I made these but thought they tasted a little too salty, I made them with unslated butter the next time – PERFECT!! I have also made them using strawberry preserves. i think the next one’s I’ll try will be peach!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! My family loves these bars!!

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