Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

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!

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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.

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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.

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Keep mixing until it looks crumbly, like so:

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Create a well in the middle, and add in two eggs and 2 tbsp. milk.

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Carefully mix this until a dough forms. Spread the dough into a greased 9 x 13″ pan.

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Spread 5 cups washed rhubarb over the crust. I used frozen rhubarb, but it was completely thawed by the time I reached this step.

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Next, sprinkle 1 3oz. box strawberry jello over the rhubarb.

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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.

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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:

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Bake the bars in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes.

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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:

Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars

Ingredients:

  • 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? 🙂

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Here’s to a wonderful (finals) week! P.S. Wish me luck 🙂

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