Double Raspberry Streusel Bars and a Special Request

Berries! I love them, do you? 

I haven't met one I didn't like. But of all the berries I think my favorites are raspberries. How about you, do you have a favorite?

When I came across this recipe from a back-issue of Cooks Illustrated I wondered how it escaped my attention the first time around. It's a little different than an average berry streusel bar in that it uses both raspberry jam/preserves and fresh berries in the filling. (Frozen/thawed berries work, too.)

With a buttery, crisp-tender shortbread cookie crust, double berry filling and streusel topping these little gems are irresistible. The streusel topping is made from some of the reserved shortbread dough, mixed with a little brown sugar, old-fashioned rolled oats, 2 addtional tablespoons of butter, and finely chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds), I used almonds. 

The recipe is really easy to put together, and you can use a stand mixer or food processor ~ I opted for the food processor method and it worked out perfectly.

I'm sure it would be equally good with other berries, too. I might have to try that next time. (Yes -- by popular demand -- there  will  be a next time.) 

If you would like a printable copy of the recipe, it's over on the recipe blog. Here's the LINK.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit ~ I hope you've been having a good weekend everyone.  ~ Mari


P.S. May I ask for good wishes/thoughts/vibes, prayers for my big dog Cinnamon ("Cinnie")?  

My constant companion, she is lying here beside me, gravely ill right now and it's breaking my heart. We're hoping her medications will help.

More tests for her on Tuesday, when we'll learn more.  Thank you so much. ((hugs))


  1. Mari, Oh my!! I hope you didn't see me trying to lick the computer screen. :) Raspberries are my favorites too and I had a similar recipe years ago and lost it. I'm printing yours to keep and make these as soon as the weather is below 90 degrees. It's hot and dry here and no rain in over a month.
    I'll say a prayer for your sweet Cinnie and for you too.
    Hope Cinnie gets better soon,

  2. Great recipe! Love all berries. I am sorry to hear about your dog, Cinnie. My thoughts and prayer are with y'all.

  3. Yum, my mom had a recipe like this but not with the fresh berries too. Have to make a square for the senior's tea this weekend---this is THE ONE!!
    Sorry about your dog, hope all goes well:)

  4. Of course you have prayers for Cinnie! Poor thing. I hate it when a cherished pet becomes sick if even for only a day. Keep us posted on her. Hopefully she'll be better in no time.

  5. My favorite is raspberries too, but I don't like the seeds! I make a recipe like this with the shortbread, but I use seedless raspberry jam. And I will say a prayer for Cinnamon. I hope she recovers 100%.

  6. Oh my...didn't even read the recipe..went straight to the news about your Cinnie. I just had some sad times with my big German Shepherd and prayers are with you and poor Cinnie.

  7. Kiki and I send healing thoughts to your beloved Cinnie. I will keep you both in my prayers.

  8. That's Cinnamon..

    Oh no..I will add some prayers:)
    Your photos are crystal clear and so appetizing..

    But staying with me..

  9. Mari: Sending healing and hopeful thoughts to your precious Cinnie. I know how hard it is to have our sweet pups suffering.


  10. I hope the puppy feels better very soon...The bars look amazing, I love the Raspberry in these.

  11. Thank you so much for your good wishes and prayers everyone. Each expression you have left means so much to me. Thank you again.

    I appreciate your support so much, more than I can express with mere words. xoxo

  12. Important things first: Sending good thoughts for your beloved Cinnie!! Definitely keep me/us posted on her prognosis.

    Your raspberry bars look wonderful! These are my kind of treat. I love streusel and can just imagine how delicious these are! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos (as always)!


  13. Sending all good wishes for Cinnie, I hope the medication will help for a good recovery and a [hug] for you too.
    Yourdouble raspbarry streusel looks divine!
    Best wishes
    Rose H

  14. Mary, thinking of you and your beautiful Cinnie. I hope tomorrow is a better day.


  15. very sorry to hear about Cinnie. I know very well how difficult this is.
    The Raspberry Bars look great!

  16. Mari, So sorry to hear about your sweet doggy! My heart goes out to you! I will say a prayer for you!
    Your raspberry bars are incredibly delicious looking! I could eat the whole plateful with a glass of cold milk!

  17. Awww, I'm so sorry to hear your fur baby is ill. Cinnamon looks like a wonderful companion. *Knee-mails* to doggie Heaven, for her complete recovery have been sent.

    Mari, your incredible photos just take my breath away. To be able to see the little teeny-tiny fibers on the berries & the leaves...amazing! It must have something to do with your wonderful light out there. We've got RAIN AGAIN today! *sigh*

    Have you ever done a tutorial on how you capture such magnificent pictures? I will have to hunt around on your blog to see. It would be a tremendous help to the rest of us peons.


  18. and why am I not surprised that your dog is named after a favorite spice??? LOL Love it!!

  19. i think raspberries are my favorite too and they sure look good here! loves it, thanks for the post!

  20. Send prayers and white light Cinnie's way! (and yours too!) Wilhelmina

  21. I am soo sorry and praying xoxox Clarice

  22. I bought some raspberries at Costco this weekend and as I was eating them I thought "I think raspberries might be my favorite berry." Your pictures are WONDERFUL!

  23. I am praying for your precious family member, you and your family.


  24. Mari, So sorry to read about your dog. She looks like a really great one. Prayers are headed in your direction. Your Raspberry bars are just mouth watering.

  25. Best wishes to Cinnie! Having recently lost a furry companion, I know how hard it is when they're ill. Get better soon little lady!

  26. Definitely praying for sweet Cinnamon!

    Raspberry and shortbread is a favorite combination so I've got to try this recipe. Looks scrumptious!


  27. Oh Mari, so sorry Cinnie is ill. We will sure pray that she gets better soon.

    The raspberry bars look delicious!

  28. my prayers for you and cinnie, if you are up for a chat i will try calling you today...

  29. Oh, poor Cinnie! You must be so worried...hope you got some positive news today.

    What gorgeous raspberry bars! I've made them with jam and berries, too...but I'd love to try your recipe.

  30. I am so sorry to hear that Cinnamon is not well. Pets can be as important to us as humans, and I know what you're going through. I hope things work out for the best for you and Cinnie.
    The raspberry bars are a delight, by the way.

  31. Poor puppy & you!!! You are in my prayers!

  32. Thank you so much for your thoughts. Cinnie has shown a tiny bit of improvement, for which we are SO grateful. Still on her meds, then back to the vet next week for another evaluation.

    Thank you again for taking the time to leave your positive thoughts and wishes. ((hugs)) and blessings to each of you and your families. ~m.

  33. Raspberries are by far my favorite berry! I would love these bars.

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday.

  34. Oh much for trying to stay on a These look so darn good and I do love berries and shortbread...more than Chocolate. I've always been a vanilla lover anyhow. Following from Foodie Friday. Hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Fondly, Roberta

  35. I am such a huge fan of raspberry jam, not so much with the berries plain. your recipe might just be the ticket to get some fresh berries down me! thanks!!


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