These strawberry-rhubarb bars begin with a shortbread crust, covered with a sweet strawberry-rhubarb filling, and end with a streusel topping. They are the perfect springtime dessert!
Disclaimer: I made up this recipe as I went, so bare with me as I attempt to describe the method to my madness. 🙂
Begin by making the shortbread crust: Combine 2 cups of flour with 2 teaspoons baking powder.
Cut in 1/2 cup butter. I always do this by dicing up the butter (straight from the fridge) first, and then using a pastry cutter to mix it in thoroughly.
Keep mixing until it looks crumbly, like so:
Create a well in the middle, and add in two eggs and 2 tbsp. milk.
Carefully mix this until a dough forms. Spread the dough into a greased 9 x 13″ pan.
Spread 5 cups washed rhubarb over the crust. I used frozen rhubarb, but it was completely thawed by the time I reached this step.
Next, sprinkle 1 3oz. box strawberry jello over the rhubarb.
Now, time for the topping! Combine 1 1/2 c. sugar, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1 c. quick oats, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
If I were to make this recipe again, I would probably reduce the sugar to 1/2 c. white sugar, and 3/4 c. brown sugar, but this worked, too. Just do what works best for you! Cut in 1/2 c. butter until the mixture is crumbly. (Of course, I forgot to take a picture of this step!) Here’s what it looks like when you sprinkle it over the top:
Bake the bars in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes.
The house smelled delightful. Such a wonderful way to welcome in spring – rhubarb bars have always been my favorite treat!
Here’s the full recipe:
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 c. butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 T. milk
- 5 cups rhubarb
- 1 3 oz. box strawberry jello
- 1 1/2 c. white sugar
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1 c. quick oats
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 c. butter
Combine flour and baking powder. Cut in 1/2 c. butter. Mix in milk and eggs until just combined. Pat the mixture into a greased 9 X 13″ pan. Spread rhubarb over the crust, and sprinkle jello mix on top of the rhubarb. In a separate bowl, combine the sugars, oats, and cinnamon. Cut in the remaining 1/2 c. butter. Sprinkle streusel over top of bars and bake in 375 degree oven for 45 minutes.
**Recipe adapted from: AllRecipes
I mean, just look at these bars; how could you possibly resist them? 🙂
Here’s to a wonderful (finals) week! P.S. Wish me luck 🙂