Mixed Berry Crumble Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 25 min
Total Time: 4 hr 0 min
Servings: 16

One bite of these delightful dessert bars will have everyone asking for more. Sugar cookie dough mixed with oats and lemon zest provides the base for these bars, and a fresh berry filling topped with more cookie dough, chopped almonds and a white chocolate drizzle makes them really shine.

Ingredients

Cookie Base and Topping

  • 1 roll (468 g) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raw almonds

Filling

  • 3 cups fresh mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch

Topping

  • 1/4 cup white vanilla baking chips

Method

  1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line 9-inch square pan with foil; spray with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, crumble cookie dough; stir in oats, flour and lemon zest until well blended. (DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH AFTER COMBINING WITH FLOUR.) Reserve 3/4 cup mixture for topping, and transfer to small bowl; stir in almonds, and set aside. Press remaining mixture in bottom of pan. Bake 13 to 18 minutes or until light golden brown and centre is set; cool 10 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, add 1 cup of the berries; mash slightly with potato masher or fork to release some of the juices. Stir in remaining Filling ingredients, including remaining berries, mixing well. Spread filling mixture evenly over crust. Crumble reserved cookie mixture over filling.
  4. Bake 43 to 48 minutes or until top is golden brown; cool 15 minutes.
  5. In small microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips uncovered on High 30 to 45 seconds or until chips can be stirred smooth. Spoon melted chips into small resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny corner of bag, and squeeze onto bars.
  6. Cool 1 hour, then refrigerate about 1 hour or until completely cooled. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Cover and refrigerate any remaining bars.

Expert Tips

  • Lining the pan with foil makes removing the bars from the pan very easy, and makes cleanup a breeze, too!
  • Fresh berries vary depending on the season. Some may be very juicy, while other times may not be as juicy. Adding cornstarch to the sweetened berry mixture ensures the extra juices are thickened during baking.
  • Cutting the bars is made easier by refrigerating before serving.