Blackberry Cobbler-Crumble Cookie Bars


These bars are super yummy. They combine a couple of things I love--
New York Coffee Cake Crumbles
Blackberry Jam

All together, these taste like a yummy black berry cobbler. 
(Or crumble considering the top is crumbly!)

Let's get right to it, shall we? 
In a mixer, cream together your butter and powdered sugar. Add your flour and baking powder and mix until a dough forms. 
In an 8x8 inch pan you are going to form your crust.
I gave my crust walls to hold all the goodies in. I know some people aren't crust lovers, and you could simply flatten the sides down. It's a preference thing. I like the crispy crust, and it holds the jam in when you bake it. 

You are going to pop this guy into the oven at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. 
While that is baking you get to make your crumble topping. I used a new-to-me recipe from Rook 17. (Click the link to get to the recipe.) I only used her topping recipe, and I halved it. It was still more topping than I needed. But that just leaves extra for muffins tomorrow morning! 
When the crust is done, you are going to spread the jam and crumble over the top.

 I used about half the jar of jam, so about 1 cup.
 I love this jam from Trader Joe's. It's seedless and tangy.

I think I used about 1 1/2 cups of topping. 

 Pop it back into the over for about 15 minutes to cook the topping.
Don't you just want to snatch at some of those crumbs? Yum.

 Once it's cooled you can sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Do let it cool, too. If you don't cool it, the powdered sugar will just melt into the top. And if you try to cut it the jam will ooze everywhere. You want to give it a chance to set.
 Slice it into 9 squares. Or smaller if you prefer bite size cookie bars.
These are great with a cup of sweet tea for a snack, or with coffee for breakfast. 

Next...to figure out how to use up the last half of the jar of jam. I feel more yummy goodies coming our way!



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