Blackberry Pie Bars

Blackberry Pie Bars

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning during the summer is to go the local Farmer’s Market.

We are fortunate to live within 20-30 minutes of  half a dozen different markets.  My favorite is the Beaverton Farmer’s Market.    As well as having a wonderful assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers it is a visual feast .  The colors are amazing.Farmers market - Page 114

vegetables - Page 111

I got a little carried away taking pictures this last Saturday and had to share a few with you.

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flowers and berries - Page 115

I did more than just take pictures.  We purchased an assortment of corn, squash, onions, peppers, artichokes and my favorite – marionberries.  As well as a new plant for the garden, of course.

Marionberries are a berry that was first grown here in Marion County, Oregon.  They are a cross between  a Chehalem blackberry and a  Olallieberry blackberry.  They are delicious!

Blackberry Pie Bars

Months ago I printed off a recipe for  Blackberry Pie Bars.  I thought marionberries would be a perfect thing to use so I have been patiently waiting for marionberry season to arrive – and it has.  I picked up a couple of pints of marionberries at the Farmer’s Market and tried out the recipe.

They are fantastic!!!  They were a huge hit with the whole family including my mom and dad.  After eating one Cali said, “You have to put these on the blog.”  That has become the standard at our house – whether something is blog worthy or not and these are!!

You start with a layer of butter, sugar and flour. After baking the crust for a few minutes  you top it with a mixture of sugar, eggs, sour cream and marionberries. I actually used half sour cream and half Greek yogurt because that is what I had and it worked great. You sprinkle the top with the other half of the butter, sugar and flour mixture and then bake.

blackberry pie bar collage

If you don’t have access to fresh marionberries, fresh or frozen blackberries will work too. These pie bars would be good with any berry or a combo of berries.

Blackberry Pie Bars



Blackberry pie bars from yourhomebasedmom

Blackberry Pie Bars
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1½ cups chilled, unsalted butter
Fruit Filling
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 (16 oz.) packages frozen blackberries, defrosted and drained or fresh!
For the crust and topping:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan
  3. Combine the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with the metal blade
  4. Process until fully combined
  5. Cut the butter into ½ inch cubes
  6. Add the butter to the flour mixture and process until the butter is evenly distributed, but the mixture is still crumbly
  7. Reserve 1½ cups of the crumb mixture for the topping
  8. Press the remaining crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan
  9. Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes or until it is golden brown
  10. Cool for at least 10 minutes
To make the filling:
  1. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl, then add the sour cream, flour and salt.  Gently fold in the blackberries
  2. Spoon the mixture evenly over the crust
  3. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top
  4. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned
  5. Cool for at least 1 hour before cutting

Recipe from  Taste and Tell Food Blog


Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Tauna says

    We are going berry picking this week. Looks like I’ll have to get some marionberries and make these. They look delicious!

  2. says

    Sandra »
    I don’t see why blueberries wouldn’t work – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, any berry would be great! Let me know if you try it and how it works.

  3. says

    I’m so glad you liked these – my mouth is watering just thinking about them! I’ve never had a marionberry, but I bet they were fantastic in this!

  4. Marah says

    I made this with strawberries, and it was fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I didn’t have sour cream, but an internet search turned up a substitution: 7/8 C buttermilk and 3 T butter. Worked for me!

  5. says

    This just showed up in my Pinterest feed! Yum! I made these bars years back as well. Your images are much better than mine 😉 The recipe looks like the one from Rebecca Rather’s cookbook, The Pastry Queen. I highly recommend ordering the book. These are just one of the amazing things in it! I enjoy your blog :)

    • says

      I just updated the photos to this post so thank you! I hadn’t made these in years and forgot how delicious they were. Will check out the cookbook recommendation – thanks!

  6. Lucy says

    This is awesome,my boyfriend love it so much. just put almost 1/3 of sugar than is in recipe and it;s enough. I cant imagine to put lots of sugar, but if you want to “glue up” mouth to your kids/husband etc.., why not…:D

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