The Best Raspberry Shortbread Crumble Bars Recipe

Melt in your mouth, Raspberry Shortbread Bars with a delicious crumble on top!

Stack of three Raspberry Shortbread Crumb bars on a silver plate with a white coffee cup.

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These Raspberry Shortbread Bars have been front and center in my life since before Christmas.

My good friend and workout partner, Kelly (Hi girl), brought these to a cookie exchange party at my house, and I immediately begged for the recipe.

I’ve since made them half a dozen times before finally hiding them so that I could get some photos taken.

If you’re looking for your next, tried and true, dessert recipe, you need to try baking up a batch of these Raspberry Bars!

I’ll give you all my secrets in how to make these amazing, and even what I did wrong the first time I baked them!

Raspberry Crumb Bars topped with powdered sugar cut into squares on a wooden cutting board.

How to make Raspberry Crumble Bars

First things first, you’ll need to start with softened butter.

Typically 30 minutes at room temperature does the trick, unless your house is freezing like mine, go for an hour!

To speed things up, you could put hot water in a large tumbler, then dump it out, and put the tumbler over the sticks of butter. This works really well!

Once your butter is softened it’s time to make the shortbread cookie crust and crumble. Yes, with this recipe there’s no separate “crumble” or streusel topping. You just divide the dough in half.

Let’s get started!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter with vanilla and granulated sugar. Beat until creamy and combined. Add in flour and mix until the flour has incorporated into the butter mixture. It will resemble CRUMBS at this point.

To check if you’ve mixed it enough, grab a pinchful of the dough and press it in your fingers. If it stick together, you’re good. If it’s still flour-y and crumbly, keep mixing. 

Pour half of the crumbs (cookie dough) into the baking dish. Using the bottom of your measuring cup (or the palm of your hand) press the dough firmly into the dish. Just when you think you’re done, press it all again. This is what creates your cookie crust!

Next, spread the raspberry preserves even over this layer. The best way to do this is to drop the jam by tablespoonful onto various parts of the dough. Then use an offset spatula to gently spread the raspberry preserves all over the top of the cookie dough.

Finally, sprinkle your remaining crumb mixture over the top of the preserves until done.

Bake in a preheated oven for 31-33 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove and cool completely. Top generously with powdered sugar when cool. Cut and enjoy!

Shortbread cookie bars with a raspberry filling and powdered sugar on top, cut into squares on a wooden cutting board.

Tips and Tricks

First, when adding your second layer of crumbs to the cookie bars, do NOT press these crumbs into the bar. ONLY press the first layer of cookie dough. I accidentally pressed the second layer when I made these bars for the first time.

While it tasted just fine, they looked super weird. No crumble on top.

Also speaking of crumbs and crumbles…you’re going to think it’s missing liquid. If you’ve ever made shortbread bars you know it’s not a typical cookie dough. It’s more like a bowl of crumbs.

But be sure to test that you have combined your butter into your flour by pressing a fingerful of dough together. It should press together and stick, that’s how you know it’s ready!

Also, when choosing raspberry preserves, try to find the chunkiest brand possible. I loved having those thick chunks in my cookie bars!

Finally, if you want beautiful cut cookie bars, your best results will happen if you refrigerate the bars FIRST. Once they have cooled, cover the bars with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Once chilled, they cut so much easier. You can then top them with powdered sugar!

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Yield: 24 bars

Raspberry Shortbread Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes

Melt in your mouth, Raspberry Shortbread Bars with a delicious crumble on top!


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Blend together until fully combined.
  3. Add in flour and mix until butter is incorporated. Mixture will be crumbly. You should be able to pinch the cookie dough and it sticks together.
  4. Pour half the crumbs into the bottom of your baking dish. Press firmly with the palm or your hand or bottom of a measuring cup until firmly pressed into the dish.
  5. Spread raspberry preserves, gently, over the bottom layer of cookie.
  6. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top of raspberry preserves. Do not press!
  7. Bake for 31-33 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  8. For best results in cutting, refrigerate after cooling for up to an hour. Cut into slices and sprinkle generously with powdered sugar.
  9. Store in air tight container in refrigerator or at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 173Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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Posted on January 31, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. These are great! I wanted tart shapes like the Costco cookies so I used a muffin pan and Bonnie Maman jam. I used a mini muffin tin for one batch and cooked for 20 minutes and a regular muffin pan for the other and cooked for 20 minutes also. I think next try I will do 22 minutes for the mini pan and 18-19 minutes in the regular muffin pan because I wanted a better brown color to them. I have to say BOTH were Great and tasted just like Costco’s.
    Thank you so much for the recipe!

  2. I made these yesterday after searching for Costco’s raspberry cookie crumble with no luck whatsoever. Found this recipe online and decided to try it. I did t have any raspberry preserves so I used strawberry-guava preserves instead and OMG it was sooooooo delicious! Will definitely make it again! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!

  3. I have made these a number of times now. I have used, as have others, any different fruit preserves, my homemade fig filling and every time these come out really good. The only thing I do a bit differently is that I use a bit more than half on the bottom of the 13×9 in pan or I find the base a bit too thin for our liking…..so easy, so quick, sooooo delicious!! Highly recommend!

  4. Loved these! I used half orange marmalade and half boysenberry. When plated, you could see how different each bar was. So pretty! I’m going to experiment with these, using a bit of peanut butter and grape jelly, or adding almond extract and using cherry preserves. This is a great recipe for any occasion!

  5. I’m absolutely hooked on these melt-in-your-mouth shortbread bars! Going to be trying them with strawberry preserves next!

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