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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars: A Delightful Treat!

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Is there anything better than the combination of rich dark chocolate and sweet, tangy raspberries? Today, I’m excited to share a recipe that brings these flavors together in a way that’s simply irresistible: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars. Before diving into the delicious details, let me take a moment to express my gratitude. Thank you for joining me on this culinary journey! Your enthusiasm and love for good food inspire me to keep creating and sharing these delightful recipes.

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

How to Make Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars

Step 1: Prepare the Crust

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides for easy removal.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and sugar for the crust. Cut in the chilled butter cubes until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Step 2: Add the Filling

  1. Spread the raspberry preserves evenly over the baked crust.
  2. Sprinkle the fresh raspberries over the preserves.
  3. Scatter the dark chocolate chips evenly over the raspberries.

Step 3: Prepare the Topping

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for the topping.
  2. Cut in the chilled butter cubes until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the chocolate and raspberries.

Step 4: Bake and Cool

  1. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until the topping is golden and the chocolate is melted.
  2. Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper overhang and cut into squares.

Helpful Tips

  • Chilled Butter is Key: Make sure your butter is cold for both the crust and topping. This helps achieve that perfect crumbly texture.
  • Fresh Raspberries: Fresh raspberries work best for this recipe, but if you’re in a pinch, frozen raspberries can be used. Just thaw and drain them well.

Substitutions/Variations

  • Fruit Swap: Not a raspberry fan? Try swapping the raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries for strawberry or blackberry preserves and fresh berries.
  • Chocolate Choice: While dark chocolate pairs beautifully with raspberries, you can also use milk chocolate or white chocolate chips for a different flavor profile.
  • Gluten-Free Option: Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend to make this recipe gluten-free.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these bars ahead of time?

Absolutely! These bars can be made a day in advance. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

How should I store the pie bars?

Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze them for up to 3 months.

Can I use jam instead of preserves?

Yes, you can use raspberry jam instead of preserves. Just make sure it’s a good quality jam for the best flavor.

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars: A Delightful Treat!


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  • Author: Emma
  • Total Time: 40-45 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Pie Bars bring together rich dark chocolate and sweet, tangy raspberries for an irresistible dessert. Easy to make and perfect for any occasion, these bars are a delicious blend of flavors and textures that will have everyone coming back for more. Try this recipe today and enjoy the incredible taste!


Ingredients

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For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides for easy removal.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour and sugar for the crust. Cut in the chilled butter cubes until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Spread the raspberry preserves evenly over the baked crust.
  • Sprinkle the fresh raspberries over the preserves.
  • Scatter the dark chocolate chips evenly over the raspberries.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for the topping. Cut in the chilled butter cubes until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle the topping evenly over the chocolate and raspberries.
  • Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes or until the topping is golden and the chocolate is melted.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper overhang and cut into squares.

Notes

  • Ensure your butter is cold for both the crust and topping for the best texture.
  • Fresh raspberries are recommended, but thawed and drained frozen raspberries can be used in a pinch.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 210
  • Sugar: 18g
  • Sodium: 30mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 20mg

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