Our famous raspberry streusel dessert bars are famous for a reason: they’re both sweet and tart, crunchy, buttery, fruity…the list goes on and on! Whenever we bring them along to a party or a bake sale, everyone is glad that we did. Even the pickiest eaters love this stuff! Slice them up and eat them with your hands for a portable raspberry streusel dessert that’s sure to be a hit. You’ll only need a handful of ingredients and a bit of time to pull these off. The recipe involves four steps: making the crust, creating the raspberry filling, adding on the streusel topping, and then topping everything off with the vanilla glaze. It may sound intimidating at first glance, but once you get going you’ll find that it is actually pretty simple! If you intend to share, we recommend that you make a double batch of these easy dessert bars. Seriously — you’ll be surprised at how addicting they are!
Are Raspberry Crumble Bars And Raspberry Streusel Bars The Same?
There are a lot of raspberry desserts out there that are quite similar. Although they may go by different names, the concept is the same: a flaky crust, raspberry filling, and a crumble or streusel topping. Streusel is often used interchangeably with crumble, but there is a big difference: streusel almost always features oats while crumbles do not. Now you know!
To make the shortbread crust, you can use a pastry cutter or a food processor. If you have one at home, we always prefer a food processor! It makes things so simple. You can also use it to create our special topping, the finishing touch to these easy dessert bars!
Baking Dish Options:
Our raspberry streusel bars are made in a 9×13 baking pan. If you want to make a smaller batch you can use a 9×9 pan instead. The cooking time will stay exactly the same. However, we recommend that you use the bigger pan! You’ll definitely want to have the freedom to go back for seconds.
Can I Use Store Bought Raspberry Pie Filing?
If you’re in a pinch for time, you can definitely use raspberry pie filling that comes from a can. But, we swear by our homemade raspberry filling for this recipe! You can also use fresh or frozen berries. If you do use frozen, make sure to thaw and drain them first.
Can I Make This Recipe Vegan?
We use quite a bit of salted butter in this recipe, but if you have a favorite plant-based substitute you can definitely give it a try! You’ll need milk for the vanilla glaze as well, so replace it with almond, oat, or soy varieties instead.