Strawberry Streusel Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle

Strawberries! Beautiful, juicy, red and sweet strawberries! I don’t think there’s a single soul who doesn’t love this delectable fruit. They are possibly the most loved berry of all berries, whether it’s for their bright red color, the distinct aroma or juicy seedy texture … seriously, what’s not to love?

I always get excited when I start seeing them arrive at my local farm stands and supermarkets, because that means spring is here and summer is not too far behind it! Aside from fruit salads, shortcakes and chocolate-covered strawberries, you can use strawberries in anything from sweet and savory jams and salsas to crisp, fresh salads or cold frozen treats. I really haven’t met a strawberry recipe I didn’t fall in love with and devour, including this recipe from TK member angpritch (Angela). I mean, c’mon— strawberries, streusel, and white chocolate, all atop a crispy oatmeal cookie bar. This recipe had me at strawberry, and sold me with the white chocolate drizzle!

You can also see it HERE on Tasty Kitchen!


To make these heavenly bars you will need old fashioned oats, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, chilled butter, strawberries, strawberry jam, lemon zest, and white chocolate.


In a large bowl add the oats, flour and sugars. Make sure your oats are the old fashioned kind and NOT quick oats; otherwise the oats will get mushy in the oven and not hold their shape.


Add in the baking soda, baking powder and salt to the bowl.


Whisk the dry ingredients until combined.


Cut the chilled butter into pieces and toss them into the bowl as well.


With a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour and oat mixture. I used my free hand to scrape down the sides of the bowl to better incorporate all of the dry ingredients with the butter.


There are a few things that are certain when I’m cutting in butter. For one I will be flinging flour coated butter crumbles everywhere and making somewhat of a mess. And the moment my arm becomes tired, I will want to throw in the towel because I’m feeling that I can no longer do it… just then is when it becomes easier and starts coming together. So just hang in there… you’re almost done!


Stop once the crumbles are small and uniform, wipe your brow. Cutting in butter is no simple task!


Be sure to reserve a cup of that crumble mixture and set it off to the side, you will need it later in this recipe.


Pour the remaining crumble into an un-greased 10×15 jelly roll pan.


Pressing it down firmly with your fingers to form the crust and then place into a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-13 minutes. You’re not looking for it to brown, just firm up a little.


While the crust is baking; hull and quarter about a pound of strawberries to measure a heaping two cups.


Then zest your lemon and measure out a teaspoon of the fragrant zest.


In a small sauce pan heat up a half cup of strawberry jam and the teaspoon of lemon zest over low heat until the jam is warm and spreadable. You could also warm the jam in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stir in the lemon zest, if you want to dirty fewer dishes.


Drizzle and brush with a pastry brush or a rubber spatula to spread the jam all over the warm crust.


Then scatter the strawberries evenly on top of the jam.


Sprinkle with the remaining cup of the crumb mixture, and then place the pan back into the oven for 20-25 more minutes or until the streusel topping is a light golden brown.


Once baked, your home should smell amazing, but you’ll have to let the pan cool for one whole agonizing hour.


Once the strawberry bars are cooled it’s time to prepare the white chocolate drizzle. Place the white chocolate into a glass bowl and set over a pot of simmering water. Gently stir until completely melted.


With a spoon, dip into the melted chocolate and drizzle across the tops of the bars. I cut my bars before drizzling, but you could also drizzle before cutting them. Whatever floats your boat!


While the chocolate cools, maybe go brew some coffee or tea, or pour a tall glass of milk!


Curl up in your favorite spot to enjoy every delicious morsel.

My family and I truly enjoyed every piece right down to the last oatmeal crumble… a definite keeper!

My Additional Notes: The preserves I used were a bit chunkier and I found that I needed a little extra of it to cover my bars so I added two more heaping tablespoons.


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Strawberry Streusel Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle

Yield: 12 Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour

3/4 cups White Sugar

3/4 cups Light Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

1 cup {two sticks} Cold Butter, Cut Into Small Pieces

1/2 cup Strawberry Jam

1 teaspoon Lemon Zest

2 cups Strawberries, Chopped Or Sliced

1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips

1 teaspoon Coconut Oil {optional}

Adapted from Angela of Recipes From My Mom

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chopped up cold butter and work it into the dry ingredients with your fingers or a pastry blender until the mixture looks like small crumbles. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture.

Dump the remaining crumb mixture into an un-greased 15” x 10” pan (jellyroll pan) and press it into an even crust. Bake in 350 degree oven for 12-13 minutes or until it is firm to touch.

Remove pan from oven. Warm the jam in a small sauce pan over low heat and then stir in the lemon zest. Pour and the warm jam over the warm crust and spread with a pastry brush. Spread the quartered strawberries over the crust. Sprinkle on the reserved cup of crumb mixture.

Return pan to 350 degree F oven and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the crumbs on top are a light golden brown. Then remove it from the oven and let the pan cool for 1 hour. Once cooled, cut into bars.

Melt the white chocolate and coconut oil in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water until just melted. With a spoon dip in white chocolate and drizzle it in thin lines over the streusel top. Serve.

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19 Responses to “Strawberry Streusel Bars with White Chocolate Drizzle”

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    jennifer — May 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    Mary — May 31, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Laurie, these look wonderful and they sound delicious. It's a perfect recipe to have on hand as berries start to come in. This is my first visit here and I've taken some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Rhondi — May 31, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    These look delicious! We love strawberries and I'm always looking for great recipes to try.

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    ravienomnoms — May 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    WOW those look so good! Absolutely stunning looking bars!

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    Chubby McGee — May 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love your blog! The food you make…it's just DIVINE. 😉

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    Erin — May 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Delicious! These look mouthwatering! And the white chocolate drizzle, just puts them over the top!

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    Jenna — May 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    beautiful photos and recipe!!!
    http://www.petitfoodie.com

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    Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} — May 31, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    This looks like all kinds of good! Yum!

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    cookinghealthyforme — May 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I enjoyed this on your guest post but had to come over and tell you here as well. Lovely and looks amazing!

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    Lizzy — June 1, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Gorgeous bars! And with white chocolate drizzle? You've sold me on these winners!

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    Ali Grace — June 1, 2011 at 1:17 am

    This recipe looks delicious!! And gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing. I love stuff like this for the summertime!

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    Lindsey — June 1, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Oh my goodness these look amazing! And that white chocolate drizzle is the icing on the cake, literally!

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    Rosita Vargas — June 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Es una receta perfecta con un paso a paso de lujo,me encantó,lindo streusel y muy lindas tus hijas son una lindas,cariños y abrazos y me quedo en tu linda cocina,saludos.

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    The Food Hound — June 2, 2011 at 12:32 am

    THe only thing that can compete with fresh strawberries is strawberry jam, so I'm REALLY glad to see you used both!! These look AMAZING!! I love strawberries, too, but they always rot too quickly! Maybe I need to stop buying the gallon size 🙂

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    Sprinkled with Flour — June 2, 2011 at 1:52 am

    These sound wonderful, and that white chocolate icing is the perfect finishing touch!

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    Irena Stanisavljevic — June 2, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Wow! I'm impressed with your photos and your blog! This is very nice recipe…thanks!
    https://mywanderingspoon.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/chocolate-wonderland/

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    jose alicea — August 14, 2012 at 2:06 am

    es una receta perfecta

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    Laura — August 14, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Delicious! Pinned for next strawberry season!

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    Adrienne Kotyk — May 28, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I made these the day after I read about them and they are amazing! Thank you so much for bringing this delicious recipe to my attention. It’s a keeper!

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