Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe
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Rhubarb Custard Bars Recipe

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Once I tried these rich gooey bars, I just had to have the recipe so I could make them for my family and friends. The shortbread-like crust and rhubarb and custard layers inspire people to find rhubarb they can use to fix a batch for themselves. -Shari Roach, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:36 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed and drained
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 198 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 52 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the flour and sugar; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, for filling, combine sugar and flour in a bowl. Whisk in cream and eggs. Stir in the rhubarb. Pour over crust. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until custard is set. Cool.
  3. For topping, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; fold in whipped cream. Spread over top. Cover and chill. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Rhubarb Custard Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1998, p27

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Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"These were absolutely delish! I love strawberry rhubarb pie so I cut the rhubarb to 4 cups and added 2 cups of strawberries. I used fresh rhubarb and fresh strawberries. I think frozen would have added too much moisture. There is a lot of sugar but it was worth it. Next time I'll use whipped cream and lose the extra 1/2 cup of sugar. Also, 36 bars from a 13x9 baking dish makes them more like cubes. If you are counting carbs 1 "bar" is more like 70 carbs."

Reviewed May. 25, 2016

"These bars are awesome. The rhubarb taste is lovely. I did cut back on the amount of sugar in the filling - but just because I like it a little more tart. I am going to try cutting back about 1/4 on the base ingredients just so it is not quite so thick. Thank you for a great recipe! We will be enjoying these often."

Reviewed May. 25, 2016

"These are very rich but very tasty. I'm not a fan of the cream cheese so I leave the cream cheese out and top with the sweetened whip cream with a touch of vanilla (I leave out a little of the sugar from the topping)"

Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"I made these today for my birthday treat. I thought they were great. The whole family gave them 5 stars! They were worth the little extra time it took to make them!"

Reviewed May. 20, 2016

"I made this recipe and took it to work. Everyone loved it. This is a keeper"

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