- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in eggs and extract. Press two-thirds of the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
- In a large bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining sugar; add berries and gently toss. Spoon over crust. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture.
- Bake at 375° for 35-45 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Reviews for Raspberry Patch Crumb Bars
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"One of my new fave recipes!! I used fresh picked strawberries and in my opinion any fruit would work! Next time I'm going to try blueberries and I am going to add some brown sugar on top ."
"I am soooo very disappointed. I made this recipe EXACTLY as suggested . Almost all of my four cups of frozen berries just got absorbed into the crust. There was no tart flavour at alll and very little berry flavour. I won't make these again. My only solace is that, except for the raspberries, at least the recipe didn't cost much to make. I was drooling with anticipation - what a letdown!"
"I actually used unsalted butter. My family liked it."
"Okay, to be perfectly honest, I have never made the raspberry version - I saw the recipe and thought "I could alter it to suit blackberries" (that's what I had on hand). The only other alteration besides switching the fruit is I also upped the cinnamon to 1t, every time I follow a recipe that calls for such a small amount of cinnamon, I am disappointed. My hubby likes them well enough that he requested them for his birthday. We also agree, these are VERY good with a cup of coffee. As to using real butter - hey butter makes EVERYTHING better =~), but I use the butter flavored shortening. After reading all the reviews, I'm going to try it different next time, but I think that the base recipe here is good. That is the joy of cooking - seeing a recipe and either starting with that or switching it to better suit your family's tastes."
"I always like the concept of these bars, but this recipe fell a little flat. I made exactly as directed....but have seen recipes that use real butter versus shortening, and I think that right away adds more zip. I liked the almond extract, but thought the top needed some chopped nuts and perhaps some shredded coconut."