Blackberry Pie Bars

blackberry pie bars recipe

There are moments in a girl’s life that she knows she will remember forever. Moments that make a lasting impact. I had one of those moments a few days ago. I was standing in my parent’s kitchen one evening and I glanced down at the counter. There was a gorcery ad laying there and I picked it up. Hold on to your hats, because this is where things get exciting. The ad listed 6 ounce containers of fresh blackberries for just one dollar. One dollar! I normally spend three or four times that for blackberries!

Needless to say, I ran right home and spent hours pouring over blackberry recipes. I finally settled on Blackberry Pie Bars from Joy the Baker and then I went to the store, found that they were all out of the $1.00 blackberries, wept, and then went to another store and purchased $2.00 blackberries.

And you know what? I don’t even care that I paid twice as much. Those $2.00 blackberries made something delicious.

Enough with the chit chat. Let’s make blackberry pie bars.


To start, zest one lemon into a bowl with 3/4 cups of sugar. Using the back of a spoon rub the zest into the sugar for a few minutes. Oh, man. I don’t even want to tell you how delicious this is. Just do it. And then lick it. And then cry tears of joy.

To the bowl of your mixer, add 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3/4 cups of cold butter (cut into cubes), a dash of salt, and the sugar/lemon zest mixture. Beat with the paddle attachment for a couple of minutes until you get a nice chunky dough. Go ahead. Eat a few chunks, I won’t tell.

In a greased 9 x 13 pan, press half of the dough along the bottom. Pop the dough into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.

Let the dough cool for 10 minutes while you make the blackberry filling.


Whisk 2 eggs in a large bowl. Stir in 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of sour cream, and 1/2 cup of flour. Mix well and then fold in 3 cups of blackberries. (Thaw and drain your blackberries first if you are using frozen!)


Pour your blackberry mixture over the dough and spread it out evenly.


Grab your reserved dough and sprinkle the rest of it over the top of the berry mixture.


Pop it into the oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the top is just getting golden brown.


At this point, I contemplated getting out my video camera so you could see the berry mixture bubbling up between the cracks of the dough. The sound of the bubbling berries was beautiful. Then I realized that maybe I was taking my love of bubbling baked goods too far and I settled for a regular old picture.


Look at those delicious berries.

Have I said “yum” yet?


5 from 1 vote

Blackberry Pie Bars

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy bar recipes, easy dessert recipes, summer recipes
Calories: 448 kcal

The bubbling of this dish right out of the oven will make it hard to wait!


For the dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter cut into cubes
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Pinch of salt
For the filling:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups blackberries if using frozen, thaw and drain first


For the dough:
  1. Rub zest of lemon into sugar using the back of the spoon creating a lemon scented sugar.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, dump in flour, sugar/lemon zest mixture, butter and salt. Beat with the paddle attachment for a couple of minutes until the dough comes together in small chunks.
  3. Press half of the dough into the bottom of a greased 9 x 9 pan. Set aside the remaining dough.
  4. Bake the dough for 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Let cool for 10 minutes.
For the filling:
  1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl. Add sugar, sour cream and flour to the eggs. Mix well and then fold blackberries.
  2. Pour blackberries over baked crust and spread evenly.
  3. Sprinkle the reserved dough on top of the blackberry mixture and bake for 50-60 minutes.
  4. Let cool one hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 88mg29%
Sodium 162mg7%
Potassium 145mg4%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 715IU14%
Vitamin C 10.2mg12%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.

Adapted from Joy the Baker