This post has been sponsored by Challenge Butter. These Brown Butter Blackberry Crumble Bars are a delicious way to end any meal. The glazed spiced crumble on top of sweet jam will have everyone asking for more.
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Is anyone else looking at their calendar and wondering where the year went?
I kind of feel like the holidays are speeding toward us at an alarming rate. I haven’t started any meal lists or holiday shopping. Of course, that isn’t really anything new. We tend to do those kind of things last minute. Although every year I think this will be the year of planning…and then it is over before I can even start.
With things getting busier, I tend to make more bar desserts to save time. Less time in the kitchen means more time doing other things…like organizing and planning for the holidays.
These crumble bars are so easy to put together. To start with I browned the butter. If you have never browned butter, you need to. It has the most amazing smell, and it makes your baked goods taste so much better. (You can check out this Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake for pics on how your butter should look while browning.) Of course as a butter ambassador for Challenge Butter, I love using a butter that is made with 100% natural ingredients in all my baking.
Mix all the ingredients into a crumble mixture and press half of it into a pan. Spread on the jam and crumble the remaining mixture on top. Easy peasy, right?
After the bars cool, you will add a simple glaze. Now this is optional, but these bars are crumbly and the glaze kind of holds it all together. Plus, it’s a sugary glaze. Why wouldn’t you add that?
Today I have some important things to share with you. As a Challenge Butter Ambassador, I am partnering with Challenge Butter and UNICEF this holiday season. Challenge and UNICEF are partnering together to help build awareness for the childhood malnutrition crisis – which results in in the unnecessary loss of nearly three million young lives a year – through a Pinterest campaign. Beginning today until December 31, 2014, Challenge will donate a meal for a child in need for every recipe that is pinned from their “Pin a Recipe, Feed a Child” board. They have committed to 75,000 meals, so let’s help them reach that goal.
Holidays can get busy with shopping and baking, but let’s take time to think about how we can do something for those that do not have the same opportunities. This is a great way to help someone without even spending any money. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Just pin the recipes you see onto your own pin boards. Also, if you would like to donate more to this great cause, go HERE.
So bake a batch of bars and while they are baking, head over and PIN all the delicious recipes, then share this easy campaign with all your friends and family. Let’s pull together and see how many meals we can provide for the children in need.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 cup seedless blackberry jam
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon water
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the butter in a skillet over medium heat until melted. Stir the butter while it cooks. It will go from bubbly, to foamy, to amber brown in minutes. It is done when you smell a nutty aroma. Be careful not to burn the butter. Remove and let cool slightly.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg yolk. Slowly mix in the flour, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg until a crumbly mixture forms.
- Press half the mixture firmly into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Spread the blackberry jam over the crust. Sprinkle with the remaining crumble mixture.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
- In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and water. Drizzle over the top of the cooled bars. Let set. Cut into 12 bars. Store in a sealed container on the counter.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.
Head over to see the delicious recipes some of my friends have made using Challenge Butter.
No Bake Cranberry Cheesecakes from My Baking Addiction
Pumpkin Spice Caramel Sauce from Cookies and Cups
Sugared Cranberry Shortbread from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Mini Chocolate Pecan Pies from Mom on Time Out
Brussel Sprout Stuffing from I Wash, You Dry
Easy Dinner Rolls from Taste and Tell
Maple Ooey-Gooey Butter Cake Bites from Bakers Royale
Honey Gingerbread Bundt Cake from Sugary and Buttery
Cornbread Stuffing with Leeks, Sausage, and Pears from Adventures in Cooking
Skinny Cheesy Spinach, Artichoke, and Mushroom Dip from Iowa Girl Eats
*Disclaimer: As a Challenge Ambassador, I was provided compensation for this post by Challenge Butter, but every opinion expressed in this post is 100% my own.