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Humble Bumble Crumble Bars

While developing a treat for my bingo group, I asked my husband for ideas. He suggested a fruity bar. This berry bar is lightly sweet and so easy. —Nancy Phillips, Portland, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups chunky applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining mixture onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake until lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  • Stir brown sugar and cinnamon into reserved topping; set aside. In a large bowl, combine applesauce, cinnamon and nutmeg until blended. Spread over crust; top with berries and reserved topping. Bake until golden brown, 30-35 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 228 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Chris
    Jun 1, 2020

    I'm so glad I tried this dessert. We thought it was very tasty. After reading the review below, I increased the brown sugar in the topping to half a cup in case my berries were too tart. I didn't cool the crust, but I put the berries right on the hot crust and distributed the applesauce around them because I was concerned they might scorch. The bottom crust for ours was like a soft sugar cookie. Berries were on special at my grocery store this week. I'd make this again the next time I can get the berries for less.

  • larm
    Apr 10, 2016

    I made this recipe, because I love both kinds of berries ( berries are expensive), was really disappointed, it was really tart and the crust was hard to cut, just crumbled apart, would not recommend this recipe unless you like really like tart things.