These easy Strawberry Crumb Bars, with a buttery crust, sweet fresh strawberry filling, and crunchy butter crumb topping make wonderful dessert bars for an afternoon snack, or to take to a summer party, picnic, or potluck.
Why Make Strawberry Crumb Bars?
It is Saturday, the day of my friend’s party, and she tells me to bring a dessert to the party. no worries! There are a number of delicious quick and easy desserts for me to choose from.
However, these Strawberry Crumb Bars are easy to make, especially if you have fresh strawberries, on hand and are super delicious, and I never have leftovers. I like to serve them as a dessert to go with some of my other favorite foods, like Chicken Empanadas, Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings, or Mahi Mahi.
If you have followed my blog, you will notice that my desserts are usually simple. Often magic bars, fruit bars, or brownies. Nothing complicated. I saw no reason to change that trend. After all, my blog is all about fast, easy, and flavorful recipes.
Strawberry Season (Strawberry Picking Season)
It is strawberry season!! If you are close to one, I highly recommend traveling to the local strawberry farm to pick strawberries. It is so much fun and the strawberries are so fresh and juicy. We have one just outside of town that we love to visit in the Spring. Of course, if you can’t make it to the strawberry farm, just swing by the grocery store where they usually have the fresh strawberries during strawberry season.
There is just something about the juicy, sweet strawberries in the spring and summer that makes me want to serve them in as many things as possible, especially desserts, like the Mini Strawberry Pretzel Desserts and Strawberry Cheesecake Salad, in addition to these Strawberry Crumb Bars.
What Makes This Strawberry Crumb Bars Recipe Work?
These Strawberry Crumb Bars have lots of flavor from sweet fresh strawberries and a buttery crumb crust and topping. Why this recipe works?
- Fresh Strawberries. If you have fresh strawberries on hand, use them. The sweet strawberry filling really makes this dessert.
- Buttery crumb crust. When combined with the sweet strawberries, this buttery crumb crust makes the Strawberry bars extraordinary.
- Tried and true recipe. Don’t take my word about how good this recipe is. Read a couple of the 88 comments from some of the over 200,000 people who pinned this recipe on Pinterest.
I adapted these Strawberry Crumb Bars from my Blueberry Crumb Bars recipe by using fresh strawberries instead of blueberries. Both taste amazing.
I also used only white sugar for these Strawberry Crumb Bars instead of using a combination of white and brown sugar.
The Strawberry Crumb Bars take a little longer than the Blueberry Crumb Bars because you have to chop the fresh strawberries. However, the end result is totally worth the effort.
What Ingredients Do I Need To Make Strawberry Crumb Bars?
See the recipe card at the bottom of the blog post for the specific measurements of each ingredient, as well as detailed instructions for how to make the Strawberry Crumb Bars.
- Granulated Sugar
- All-Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
What Type of Strawberries To Use For Strawberry Crumb Bars?
- Fresh – The first and recommended option would be to use fresh strawberries. That is what I used when testing this recipe and they work really well.
- Frozen – Some readers have successfully used frozen strawberries, I recommend draining any excess liquid from them before using in the recipe.
- Preserves – A few readers have said they used Strawberry preserves for the filling and loved the bars. I think that would change the taste and texture some from the original recipe but would still be good.
How To Make Strawberry Crumb Bars
- Make the Crumb Crust and Topping.
- In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a smaller bowl, beat an egg with a fork.
- Add the egg and vanilla to the medium bowl with the flour mixture and stir.
- With a fork or a pastry cutter, cut VERY COLD butter into the flour mixture. The dough will be very crumbly. (You could also use a food processor for this step.)
- Make the Strawberry Filling.
- In a separate bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar with the cornstarch.
- Spoon in the fresh strawberries.
- Stir until it is combined.
- Assemble the Strawberry Crumb Bars in the baking pan.
- Press half of the dough into the bottom of the pan.
- Spoon in the strawberry mixture evenly over the dough.
- Crumble the remaining dough over the strawberry mixture. It is ok to not cover all the strawberries.
- Bake the Strawberry Crumb Bars.
- Bake the Strawberry Crumb Bars in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 45 minutes or until the crumb topping is a light golden brown.
- Cool the Strawberry Crumb Bars.
- Let the Strawberry Crumb Bars cool for about 10 minutes and cut into bars.
NOTE: See the video and detailed written instructions in the printable recipe card below. (Scroll down for a printable recipe.)
Recipe Tips For Perfect Strawberry Crumb Bars
- Fresh Strawberries. As stated above, for the best taste, sweetness, and texture, I recommend using fresh strawberries if they are available.
- Make sure your butter is very cold. This is extremely important to get the crumb crust to be the correct consistency. If the butter is warm, it starts melting too soon.
- Make Sure Baking Powder is fresh. Yes, baking powder can go bad after a period of time. Check the date and make sure the baking powder you are using is fresh.
- Don’t overwork the crumb topping. This also will make the butter melt too soon.
- Parchment Paper. Place parchment paper in the bottom of your baking dish and let the paper hang over the sides. This will make it easier to remove the strawberry crumb bars after they are baked.
- Use your food processor for perfect crumb consistency without the work. It just makes it a little easier.
- Be patient. Patiently wait for these to bake and cool.
- Double The Recipe. If you have a crowd to feed, you can easily double the recipe and bake in a 9×13 baking dish. Just change the number of servings in the recipe card below from 9 to 18 to double the amounts of the ingredients.
Other Strawberry Dessert Recipes You May Like
Before you make this recipe, be sure to check out our other similar recipes, and continue scrolling down for the Strawberry Crumb Bars printable recipe below.
- Strawberry Bread – This sweet, moist Strawberry Bread is a fantastic quick bread to make when you have fresh strawberries on hand.
- Strawberry Cheesecake Salad – This Strawberry Cheesecake Salad is like a strawberry cheesecake in a bowl and makes a delicious and easy no-bake dessert.
- Baked Glazed Strawberry Donuts – These Baked Glazed Strawberry Donuts, with their sweet, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness, are baked and not fried, and are perfect for breakfast or dessert.
- Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Mini Parfaits – Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Mini Parfaits are a lightened up version of the traditional Strawberry Pretzel Dessert (or Salad) made with Greek yogurt and served in portion-controlled sized mini mason jars.
- Strawberry Margarita Pie – This delicious no-bake Strawberry Margarita Pie is a cool summer dessert that won’t heat up your kitchen.
Other Dessert Bar Recipes To Try
If you like these Strawberry Crumb Bars, be sure to try these other dessert bar recipes.
- Blueberry Crumb Bars, which were the inspiration for the Strawberry Crumb Bars.
- Lemon Crumb Bars make perfect crumb bars for Spring and Summer!
- Chocolate Chip Caramel Crumb Bars – Chocolate Chip Caramel Crumb Bars are buttery, chocolate-y, caramel-y, crumbly cookie bars made with chocolate chips and caramel bits with a buttery crumb crust that melts in your mouth.
- Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars! Inspired by the Mexican dessert called sopapillas, these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars have a sweet, creamy cheesecake filling tucked between 2 crescent roll pastry sheets, and are topped with butter, cinnamon, and sugar and drizzled with honey.
For more recipes to serve in the fall and year around, you may like Pumpkin Fluff and Pumpkin Praline Bread Pudding or old fashioned Chess Pie.
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Strawberry Crumb Bars
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup very cold butter, (8 Tablespoons or 1 stick of butter)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place parchment paper on the bottom of the 8x8 pan that hangs over the side of the pan. (This is to make it easier to remove the Strawberry Crumb Bars after cooking.)
- In a medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup white sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.
- Using a fork or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture. (VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure the butter is very cold.) Work with the dough until the pieces are very small. Dough will be crumbly. You can also pulse in a food processor to until you get pea sized crumbs.
- In a separate measuring cup or small bowl, beat an egg with a fork. Add the egg and vanilla to the flour mixture, and combine until you have a crumbly mixture.
- Pat half of the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- In another bowl, stir together 1/3 cup sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the strawberries.
- Spoon the strawberry mixture evenly over the bottom crust.
- Crumble the remaining dough over the strawberry filling layer.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly golden brown. (My oven runs hot and baked in about 38 minutes.)
- Cool completely before cutting into squares. I recommend refrigerating until ready to serve.
- It is very important that your butter be very cold. Also, when working with the crumb crust, be careful not to over work it because you don't want your hands to warm up the crust. You want the crust to be very cold.
- The sweetness of the strawberries used matters. If your strawberries are not very sweet, you may need to increase the amount of sugar used in step 7 to about 1/2 a cup.
- You can easily double the ingredients to make a 9x13 pan of the Strawberry Crumb Bars. Just change the number of servings above and it will adjust the amounts of the ingredients.
The original post was published July 5, 2015, and updated April 3, 2019.
Ksusha (World of Dishes) says
This Strawberry Crumb Bars recipe is extraordinary indeed!
I don’t leave reviews on websites but I just had to tell you these were incredible! I made them tonight and I’m definitely saving this recipe. Thank you!!
I’m so glad you liked these Strawberry Bars. Thanks for the kind words. Be sure to share the post with others on social media as well.
Amy Turner says
Do you know if vegan butter would work?
I have not tried this recipe with vegan butter, so I can’t guide you on this.
Gail Janiak says
Do these freeze well?
Yes, these Strawberry Crumb Bars do freeze well. Place them in a freezer safe, airtight container and they will freeze up to 3 months.
Patricia Wilner says
Uses just about a quart of strawberries so you can buy those on sale and have a make-ahead dessert that can be refrigerated for over a week or frozen for later. Absolutely delicious – not too sweet and great with whipped cream topping. We’ve kept ours in fridge and take out portions about an hour before serving.
Thanks for the great tips!
Donna Comstock says
Could I just use strawberry preserves instead of fresh?
I have not tried it, but it should work, especially if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries. However, I don’t think that it would not have the same taste as the fresh strawberries. If you do try it, please let me know how it turned it.
Sharon C. says
I had some strawberries that I needed to use up. I found your recipe and I thought….OK. What the heck I will try this.. And I want to say these were amazing!! Amazing!! Wow! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
How small do you slice the strawberries?
I cut them pretty small, maybe about 1/4 of average sized strawberry. Watch the recipe video and you’ll be able to see the size of the cut strawberries.