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The Best Soft & Crunchy Strawberry Crumble Bar

Close up of a bitten strawberry crumble bar on a small plate on an old book. A small leaf of mint is on top.
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Buttery delicious crust with a layer of strawberries topped with some crunchy crumble, the recipe of this strawberry crumble bar is so scrumptious. The sweet and juicy strawberries are calling your name. Make this easy dessert asap!

This is a great recipe to have in your repertoire. I have more easy strawberry desserts on the blog such as my berry crumble or my strawberry shortcake tart. If you are up for a little challenge, you should consider baking this mini strawberry pies with almond cream and pastry cream.

I love preparing something pretty but simple that will impress your guests. The buttery crust and the crunchy crumble on top are actually the same dough!

Above all, this is a perfect dessert or treat to bring to a potluck, picnic, or get together. Having these little squares ready for grabs makes a great addition to the sweet table.

3 strawberry crumble bars stacked on 2 small plates on top of a vintage book. 2 fresh strawberries on the side.

How To Make This Strawberry Crumble Bar?

First things first, prepare the dough. You will need simple ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry and fridge. Take some brown sugar, baking powder, flour from your cabinets, and eggs and butter from the fridge.

One bowl and a few ingredients makes it really simple.

Top view of a white bowl with flour, small bowl with cubes of butter, colander of fresh strawberries. Red tablecloth on the side.
Close up of a crumble crust

All there is to it is to mix the butter, flour, baking powder, and brown sugar together. If you have a pastry cutter, use that, otherwise, a fork and some elbow grease will do the job. Work the mixture until it looks like the picture above. Also, if you have one, a food processor could also be a great tool but make sure to just give a few pulses at a time. Add the beaten eggs and set this crust aside.

The butter should be cold from the fridge so you can achieve this result. Soft or melted butter will change the texture of the dough. This is not what we need! Refrain from using your hands as the warmth of it will melt the butter.

Top view of squares of the strawberry crumble bar, ramekin of fresh strawberries on the side. and an old book.

From this batch of dough, set aside about 2 cups of the mixture. It will be used for the crumb topping.

In an ovenproof dish (mine is 7×11), place some parchment paper and using your hands you will spread evenly and push in the dish to form your base crust.

The fresh strawberries: Let’s take care of these babies by washing them thoroughly. Cut the stem and place them in a bowl. Toss them with some granulated sugar and the cornstarch.

The combination of these ingredients will allow for the strawberries to give a jam-like texture but not too runny. Just perfect!

Side close of a strawberry crumble bar with a small mint leaf of top.

Finally, you are almost done! Spread the strawberries evenly on the crust. Now take the crumb crust you had set aside and spread it over.

2 important things left to do:

Baking it.

Waiting for it to cool completely! Ahah this part is the most difficult step of the recipe!

Can I Use Frozen Strawberries To Make the Crumb Bars?

The strawberry filling is an easy and important. My main recommendation would be to use fresh strawberries and alternatively another fresh fruit.

However, if you only have frozen strawberries to make these bars, and you are craving them, go ahead. But, be aware that the bottom crust might be a little more soggy as the frozen fruits will release more moisture.

Close up of a strawberry crumble bar on a small plate on an old book. A small leaf of mint is on top.

More delicious bars:

Decadent Zucchini Chocolate Squares

Cranberry Oat No-Bake Bars

Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

More fruity desserts:

Classic French Apple Pie

Summery Berry Crumble

Elegant Raspberry Tart

This recipe is easy with simple and fresh ingredients. All test tasters approved without any hesitation.

A Few Last Tips Before Baking

– Read the whole recipe card but also refer to my comment in this article. I test and spend time explaining to make sure you get exactly the results I got.

– Fresh strawberries are my first recommendation and choice. You may use frozen ones but be aware if will be more juicy but delicious nonetheless. If you are thinking of using jam, you will get a sweeter result.

– WAIT: Your strawberry crumble bar needs to be completely cooled down before you cut it into squares.

– HAVE FUN AND ENJOY!

Strawberry Crumble Bar

Buttery delicious crust with a layer of strawberries topped with some crunchy crumble, this strawberry crumble bar is so scrumptious.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, european
Keyword: Apple crumble, crumble, shortbread, strawberry
Servings: 12 squares
Author: Mélanie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup butter cold
  • 2 eggs medium size
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven at 400F.
  • In a bowl, pour the flour, baking powder, the brown sugar and the cold butter.
  • Using a fork or a pastry cutter, bring the mixture to a crumble.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the 2 eggs. Add then to the crumbly mixture. Do not over work it.
  • In a rectangular oven dish, place some parchemin paper.
  • Take your dough and set 2 cups aside. Now, with your hands, push the dough evenly in the dish to form the base. Set aside.
  • Wash and remove the stem of your strawberry. Cut them in half and pour them in a bowl.
  • Pour the granulated sugar on your strawberries, the vanilla extract and the corn starn. Toss well.
  • Pour your coated strawberries onto your crust in the dish. Spread them evenly.
  • Take your 2 cups of crumble you have set aside and spread it on the strawberries.
  • Bake your strawberry crumble bar for 30 minutes at 400F.
  • Once baked, allow to cool completely before slicing, otherwise, it would fall apart.

Notes

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