Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Jennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

How to Make Strawberry Rhubarb Bars



  • 2 cups all-purpose baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 5 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb (measure, then thaw)
  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose baking flour
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick)


Step 1: Warm up the oven

Preheat your oven to 375° F. (This is why you should.)

Step 2: Make the bottom crust

In a large bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Stir gently until just combined to evenly distribute the baking powder. Then, cut cold butter into the dry mixture until butter is in small pieces. Think smaller than a pea. The ingredients will appear to be like coarse crumbs.

Press the mixture into a prepared 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. (I recommend lightly spraying a half sheet pan, then placing a piece of parchment paper on top. I cannot recommend pre-cut parchment sheets enough; they are a wonderful gift to yourself.)

Step 3: Top with fruit and crumble

Top with rhubarb and sprinkle the gelatin on top. To make the crumble, combine your sugar and flour. Cut cold butter into mixture until it looks like coarse crumbs. (Do not overwork the mixture, because it will melt the butter.)

Sprinkle the sweet, buttery goodness on top!

Step 4: Bake until light golden brown

Bake for approximately 35-40 minutes. If the top has not developed a nice, light golden brown color, broil on low for the last 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn, though.

Step 5: Cool and serve

Cool on a wire rack. Once cool, cut into bars. Enjoy!

These bars won’t last long. Eat with your cup of coffee or serve with a scoop of homemade ice cream on top.

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SOURCE: Taste of Home, Jennifer Schwarzkopf