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Cherry Streusel Bars Recipe

Buttery shortbread topped with cherry jam, fresh cherries and a crumbly topping. These Cherry Streusel Bars are mind-blowingly delicious and SO easy to make!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: 30 minutes or less, baking, fruit
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 460kcal


for the base:

  • 1 and ½ sticks unsalted butter left out of the fridge for 20 minutes
  • 1 and ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt

for the filling:

  • 8 oz cherry jam
  • 1 cup fresh cherries pitted and halved

for the topping:

  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ stick unsalted butter cubed


  • Preheat the oven to 350F and grease an 8x8 inch square pan.
  • Make the base first: Place butter, flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt into a large bowl and beat for about 3 minutes, or until a soft dough forms. To start, the mixture will be crumbly. Keep beating and it will come together into a ball.
  • Spread the dough into your prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly risen and puffy. Edges will be slightly coloured.
  • Make the topping: Place oats, brown sugar, flour & butter into a bowl and rub between your fingers until you have a coarse bread crumb texture. Some smaller and bigger lumps are fine.
  • For the filling: Place jam in a small heat proof bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. (This just makes it a bit easier to spread). Spoon the jam over the shortbread base. Don’t press too hard at this stage as the shortbread is a little soft!
  • Place fresh cherry halves over the jam. They won’t completely cover the jam, this is fine.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the jam and cherries. You may not need all of it, it depends whether you want to completely cover the jam or not.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden and the jam is bubbling around the edges. Top should be firm to the touch.
  • Leave bars to cool in the pan completely, before transferring to a cutting board and slicing into 9-12 bars.
  • * Cherry Streusel Bars will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 3 days, or in the fridge for 5 days.


Cherry Streusel Bars will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 3 days, or in the fridge for 5 days.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 460kcal