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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. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + chilling
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 eggs, beaten
  • 5 cups finely chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed and drained
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) 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 13-in. x 9-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

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.

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"So, so delicious, my 7 year old says it's her favorite dessert EVER! She loves it more than birthday cake even. :-)"

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2014

"The best"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2014

"Best Rhubarb dessert EVER! We are not really rhubarb fans, but in honor of my grandfather's rhubarb plant, which each of his grandchildren keep growing in our yards (been around for a good 80 years now!) I try to make something every year. Well THIS year, I have made this recipe six times already! It is absolutely delicious. The shortbread crust and subtle custard filling are sublime. If you love rhubarb, this will be your favorite recipe, and if you don't, it still might be your favorite dessert recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"Yummy! First batch went so fast, I had to make another, immediately. Both times, I just realized, I failed to bake the crust, and it obviously turned out great anyway. The 2nd time, I wanted more custardy filling, so added 1/4 cup milk., too. We had a house-full of people, so it makes enough. I will be bringing this to pot-lucks, for sure. It certainly was NOT bland. We used freshly picked rhubarb. We all loved the shortbread crust. I feel this was an easy recipe and quick, but then, I had my rhubarb already cut and didn't bake the crust before adding the filling. It tastes more custardy when eaten warm. It sets up a bit when chilled. It would be yummy even without the topping, I am sure. A big hit, here!"

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"Fabulous! My family asks for this. Rhubarb is the key ingredient here. I mix the sugar & flour & rhubarb (more like 6 cups chopped VERY FINE) and let it set while I prepare the other parts. When making the cookie bottom I don't press it down real tight. For sure, don't overbake the bottom. It's better to eat it like fall apart cake than to have it overcooked & dry. Ask me how I know. Smile. Also, bake it in glass, not metal. I love Jaslyn's suggestions & I plan to try them but this recipe is great as is. It tastes great warm out of the oven AND cold the next day. Oh, and it makes a lot. It could easily be halved. And one more thing, I have been making these bars since the recipe was first published in the magazines in 1988 I just never added a rating. Taste of Home fan here!"

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