meyer lemon & strawberry jam crumb bars


I could bake a pan of crumb bars monthly and never grow tired of them. My latest variation pairs floral Meyer lemons with sweet strawberry jam – the buttery crumbs plus sunny lemon glaze add up to one scrumptious bar. If (heaven forbid) your Valentine isn’t a chocoholic, these bars are your answer. With Spring on the horizon, these would also be perfect for Easter or an afternoon picnic.

Meyer Lemon & Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars | Tutti Dolci

I must confess that this recipe is really just a spin-off of my almond-jam crumb bars – I swapped the almond flavoring for Meyer lemon zest, replaced the blackberry Chambord jam with strawberry, and added the lemon glaze. Yet as I took my first bite, I knew these bars were too good not to share – I think you’ll agree!

Meyer Lemon & Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars | Tutti Dolci

Meyer Lemon & Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars
1 2/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
5 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup strawberry jam

6 Tbsp powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 Tbsp Meyer lemon juice
1/4 tsp Meyer lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.

Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until light and fluffy; add Meyer lemon zest. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture until just combined; dough will resemble coarse meal. Reserve 1 cup dough for topping; use a sheet of parchment to press remaining dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish.

Place jam in a small bowl and microwave briefly (about 10 seconds); whisk to loosen. Use a small spatula or the back of a spoon to gently spread jam over dough. Toss remaining dough with 2 teaspoons water to form large crumbs; sprinkle over jam filling. Bake until top is golden, about 23 minutes. Cool completely in baking dish on a rack, then cut into bars with a sharp knife.

To prepare glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, Meyer lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over bars and let set before serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Yield – 12 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
Calories – 190
Carbs – 31

  1. I LOVE crumb bars, especially when it they have a layer of jam!! They’re sooo addicting. I’m obsessed with lemon in sweets and it is such an awesome combination with the strawberry! I’m in love with this dessert – so very perfect for Thursday 🙂

  2. These look divine. I am actually not a big chocolate lover (yikes!)–I actually prefer fruit desserts and I would take these over a chocolate dessert any day. Going to have to make these soon and keep them all to myself. 🙂

  3. I also fell knee deep into thoughts of spring with strawberry jam! I had planned on raspberry jam but at the store the allure of spring was too strong. I came home with strawberry and have no regrets! I imagine eating more than one of the Meyer Lemon Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars is without regrets as well! They are scrumptious!

  4. I love all the crumb bars you share. Several times I’ve thought of borrowing one of your recipes but I would get distracted and make something else–there’s just not enough time on the weekends to make all I want. But that’s it–I’m making these. Lemon and strawberry flavors have been on my mind and you’ve combined them here beautifully.

  5. Laura, I love this kind of bars, they’re soooo tender, sweet and juicy. I made them once, but it’s definetely too dangerous for me: I ate almost the whole batch in one go… X-D
    The lemon glaze dripping all over them is mouthwatering!

  6. Okay, if you are the one who’s making something for Valentine’s, I won’t even choose what I prefer. Anything coming out from your kitchen (and oven) is amazing. You made killer chocolate treats and so as bars like this. Do you need another tester? Don’t forget about me! I’m always, ALWAYS available for you… 😉

  7. I could eat crumb bars everyday…..I know I shouldn’t, but they are so delicious! I wish my grocery stores had meyer lemons, they are so wonderful! Your bars look fabulous, Hugs, Terra

  8. These look amazing!!! lol, you wrote “Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.”… as if there will be leftovers!

  9. Laura, your Meyer Lemon Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars with Meyer Lemon Glaze look phenomenally good! Lovely photography. Came over via Roxana’s 50 Strawberry Recipes link. LOVE! Excellent time to remind peeps for a summer picnic treat! Pinning to group boards at Pinterest!

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