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Be still my heart, these blackberry pie bars are everything! Let me count the ways: rich and buttery crumbs envelop a sweet and jammy blackberry filling. With plenty of butter, lemon zest, and vine ripened blackberries, these bars are the very essence of blackberry pie, albeit in an all too effortless crumb bar.

Blackberry Pie BarsThese blissful bars will be on repeat for what remains of summer, the epitome of everything I love about the season: carefree, breezy, simple, and oh so delicious.

Blackberry Pie Bars

Blackberry Pie Bars

Blackberry Pie Bars

  • Author: Laura | Tutti Dolci
  • Yield: 12 bars


Crust & Crumbs

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°F and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest until combined.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl; add to butter mixture and fold in until incorporated. Reserve 3/4 cup of dough for topping (keep chilled); press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust for 14 to 16 minutes, until lightly golden and set. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
  3. For the filling, combine sugar, salt, and arrowroot starch in a medium bowl. Add blackberries, lemon zest, and juice, tossing gently to combine. Spoon mixture over cooled crust and crumble reserved dough over filling. Bake for another 40 minutes, until topping is golden and filling slightly bubbly. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Just before cutting, chill in the freezer for 10 minutes. Carefully lift parchment and place bars on a cutting board; cut into squares with a sharp knife.


  • Calories: 255
  • Carbohydrates: 37

Keywords: blackberry, crumb bars


Blackberry Pie Bars

Hi, I’m Laura and welcome to Tutti Dolci, a baking and desserts blog celebrating all things sweet. Featuring beautiful, approachable recipes for everyday and entertaining, I love to put my own twist on classic desserts and inspire a passion for baking.

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  1. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE blackberries, Laura! My favorite summer fruit. But I’m glad that you put these in bar form. Sometimes I’m not in the mood for a full on pie, when a sweet little bite is all you need. (though I could eat a dozen of these!)