Raspberry Bars

Raspberry Bars

Simple-to-make and delicious gooey butter raspberry bars.

These butter gooey bars are ridiculously easy and have very few ingredients which I’m always a fan of.

What they do have is a whopping THREE sticks of butter.

The center part is raspberries + cornstarch + sweetened condensed milk. They get mashed down a bit over the stovetop and then poured on the bottom part of the dough.

You’ll drop the rest of the dough over that raspberry mixture and that’s it — into the oven they go.

You’ll be totally obsessed with these bars. Enjoy!


  • 3 and 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 can (14 ounces) full-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large lemon, zested
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a medium-sized pot, add the raspberries, sweetened condensed milk, and cornstarch. Turn the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir VERY gently for 2-3 minutes barely smashing the raspberries (so they are still mostly in tact). Remove from the heat and set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, add the butter and white sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and creamy scraping down the sides as needed. Once the mixture is light and fluffy, add in the vanilla extract, lemon zest, lemon extract, and salt. Beat to combine. Add in the flour and beat until JUST combined. Do not over-mix.

  4. Press a little over half of the dough into the prepared 9 x 13 pan. Pour the raspberry mixture over the top and smooth it into one even layer. Drop small pieces of the remaining dough over the raspberry mixture. (The "dough" is very thick and sticky -- don't add more flour).

  5. Bake for 28-32 minutes, until the top is golden, remove from the oven, and then cool the bars to room temperature.

  6. Cut into squares and enjoy. Best enjoyed within 1-2 days.

Also you can wrap and refrigerate leftovers!

PERFECT dessert for a group of friends coming over. Also any dessert with lemon in it, wins my sons heart over. These were AMAZING!

- Miami Food Network -

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