Raspberry Swirl Bars
Raspberry Swirl Bars are awesome. These lovely bars start with a melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie crust. Then they have raspberry pie filling swirled into that batter. They’re topped with a luscious cream cheese icing with raspberry extract. These luscious cookies are so mouthwatering you won’t be able to stop at just one!
FAMILY UPDATE: I have some really sad news to share. I don’t usually share this kind of thing on my blog but I could really use some prayer by any that would be so inclined. My husband had a stroke last night. He had excessive bleeding on the brain. It was severe. Truthfully, I don’t think the doctors thought he would make it. They did an emergency craniotomy surgery on him yesterday to remove some of the blood and reduce the swelling. It was highly successful. We’ve had an outpouring of over 500 people let us know they were praying for him. My youngest son flew down to be with me.
He is by no means out of the woods yet. He has more tests today to see if there is additional swelling or bleeding. It that’s the case all bets are off. Then he will have an angiogram to determine if he had an aneurism in addition to the malformed blood vessel that ruptured (AVM). If everything is clear, they will wake him up very slowly. We don’t know what his recovery will look like (if at all). Currently, his left side is paralyzed.
It’s a very frightening prospect for me and my kids. We would covet your prayers on our behalf and for my husband, John. Depending on the outcome of what happens this next week, I’m not sure if I will continue this blog beyond August (as I have recipes planned out that far in advance. Please pray for wisdom for me, peace and strength for our children and healing for my husband. Thank you.
Ok, back to this wonderful recipe! I made a delicious copycat recipe for a neighbor back in March. She was having trouble with a recipe for Nothing Bundt Cakes White Chocolate Raspberry Cake Copycat. I bought the ingredients and told her we would keep trying the recipe with adjustments until we got it the way she wanted it. As it happened though, I had about half of the cream cheese icing and a half can of raspberry pie filling left over. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make, but I didn’t want to waste the ingredients.
I went ahead and froze the leftover icing and the pie filling. Then I pulled both of those out of the freezer about two weeks later and used them to make these amazing bars. They turned out tasting wonderfully. The only thing I would do differently next time is to use the bottom of a spoon to swirl the raspberry pie filling into the bars. I chose to use a bamboo skewer, but it didn’t quite have the effect I would have liked.
I gave half the batch to some neighbors down the street when she had surgery. I gave the other half to friends from our church whose father died prematurely. I also gave some of them to our neighbor across the street whose wife had to travel out of town for a month. All of them raved over this fantastic recipe.
Raspberry Swirl Bars will cure any sweet tooth craving you have. These elegant bar-type cookies are terrific for potlucks, tailgating parties, baby showers or other special occasions. But if you’re in the mood for something with raspberries, you can certainly enjoy these any time of the year! You may even want more than one. 🙂
Raspberry Swirl Bars are awesome!
This is a great dessert for parties.
Raspberry Swirl Bars are marvelous for tailgating parties, potlucks, family reunions or baby showers.
These lovely bars will cure any sweet tooth craving.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients, plus water, for the bars.
Soften butter. Add granulated sugar, powdered sugar, eggs, oil, water, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar.
Cream ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. (Bleached flour toughens baked goods).
Stir ingredients to combine.
Pat ingredients into a greased 12×17″ cookie sheet.
Spread raspberry pie filling over top.
Swirl the raspberry pie filling into the cookie dough with the bottom of a spoon. (I used a bamboo skewer here, but it didn’t swirl the filling enough).
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (My bars took 45 minutes to bake completely). Cool completely before adding icing.
I used these ingredients for the icing.
Soften cream cheese and butter. (This is for a double recipe).
Cream with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add vanilla extract and cream ingredients again.
Add powdered sugar a cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
Here the icing is mixed.
I also used red food coloring and raspberry extract.
Drizzle red food coloring and raspberry extract over top of icing.
Whisk, or mix with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined.
Spread icing ingredients over top of cooled Raspberry Swirl Bars. Refrigerate before serving.
If you enjoy raspberries, these bars will be right up your alley!
Raspberry Swirl Bars will knock your socks off!
The cream cheese icing makes these bars irresistible.
I loved how these bars turned out. It was a great way to use up leftover raspberry pie filling and cream cheese icing!
Here’s the recipe!
RASPBERRY SWIRL BARS
(My own concoction)
Raspberry Swirl Bars are so delectable, I dare you to stop at just one! 🙂
Are you drooling yet?
These luscious cookies are perfect for baby showers, wedding showers or other special occasions.
Time to try a bite!