Strawberry Crumb Bars

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A buttery crumb topping goes on the bottom and the top of these easy Strawberry Crumb Bars. Use fresh strawberries for an easy summer dessert that is ready in under 1 hour. It’s like strawberry shortcake in a bar! You may also love our strawberry pancakes.

strawberry bars recipe

Strawberry Crumb Bars Recipe

I don’t know about where you live, but in Ohio, strawberry season is in full swing. Strawberry festivals are going on, farmer’s markets are selling beautiful big, ripe berries, and grocery stores have berries on sale for 99 cents a pound. That can only mean one thing…you bake everything with fresh strawberries! Our blueberry crumble bars are a favorite, so we thought strawberry crumb bars would be a hit, too.

Crumb Topping

In many crumb bar recipes, the base of the bar is also the crumb topping. This recipe is no different. Mix up the crumb mixture, then press half of it into the bottom of a foil-lined 8×8 pan (be sure to spray the foil with cooking spray so the bars come out easily). Then mix up your strawberry filling, spread it over the bottom layer and then top the strawberries with the remaining crumbs. It’s like a strawberry crumb sandwich…which would be my favorite kind of sandwich!

Fresh Strawberry Filling

The fresh strawberry filling in this easy bar recipe is simply fresh strawberries, sugar and corn starch. Don’t forget the cornstarch.That is what will thicken the strawberry filling just a little bit to make the bars stay together. If you’d like, you can use tapioca starch or arrowroot starch.

how to make strawberry crumb bars

Fresh Strawberry Dessert

This easy strawberry dessert is perfect when you are craving something sweet because it makes just a small amount. There is enough for you to sample, plus share with a friend! They are a great take along dessert for summer picnics, potlucks and reunions.

easy strawberry bar recipe

Other Strawberry Recipes

Tools to Make This Recipe

  • Pastry Cutter: I use this tool all the time. It cuts butter into flour perfectly for streusels, crusts and other pastries.
  • 8×8 Cake Pan: For small cakes and casseroles.
  • Strawberry Slicer: Get perfectly sliced strawberries to decorate your desserts.


strawberry bars with crumb topping
strawberry bars with crumb topping

Strawberry Crumb Bars

4.60 from 50 votes
A buttery crumb topping goes on the bottom and the top of these easy Strawberry Crumb Bars. Use fresh strawberries for an easy summer dessert that is ready in under 1 hour. It's like strawberry shortcake in a bar! 
Servings 12
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter (cold)
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries diced up
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 8x8 baking dish by lining it with foil or parchment paper allowing the edges to overhang the pan for easy removal. Then, spray the lining with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, add the ½ cup sugar, flour, baking powder and salt and mix until combined. Then, add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it is crumbly.
  • Take half of the flour mixture and pack it down in the bottom of your pan. Reserve the remaining crumbs for the topping.
  • In a small bowl, combine your diced strawberries, ⅓ cup sugar and cornstarch. Mix until the strawberries are coated well. Spread the strawberry mix top over the bottom layer in the pan and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle the rest of your flour mixture evenly over the top of your strawberries.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting.



The calories shown are based on the bars being cut into 12 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 strawberry bar. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Vitamin C: 22.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
Author Julie Clark
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 198
Keyword berries, brunch, picnic, shower, strawberry, summer

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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3 years ago

5 stars
Made this recipe to use up some of my frozen berries. Turned out great! Top with extra strawberries and whipped cream and it makes a fun breakfast.

Juanita Miller
3 years ago

Can I double it and put it in a 9×13 pan? Or would you use a 9×15 pan?

Kerstin Bowen
2 months ago

Can I substitute cornstarch by just adding more flour?

Alicia F
11 months ago

5 stars
I love this recipe so much- we discovered it last summer and have been just waiting for fresh local strawberries to be in season again to make it. Thank you for such a delicious recipe!

3 years ago

5 stars
I made this tonight, the crumble didn’t come out right i think i should have used the food processor. I ended up with a ball of dough that i pressed into the pan, but it was still delicious! I only used a 1/2 cup of sugar cause I like fruit desserts that are more tart. After baking I crumbled up freeze-dried strawberries + golden oreo cookies without the creme to top it with.

3 years ago

5 stars
Tastes so yummy! Was the crust supposed to be baked 15 minutes? It was runny like a strawberry pudding. The topping was perfect. i rinsed my strawberries beforehand so maybe that had something to do with it?

3 years ago

they were okay, too much cornstarch i think, i also used about 2 pounds of strawberries because my family is a huge fan of them

3 years ago

5 stars
Excellent taste; I made them especially for someone who loves strawberry. Very easy and simple to make.

4 years ago

How long do these last? Can I make them ahead?

4 years ago

5 stars
Easy and delicious! Perfect dessert to bring to our Memorial Day cookout!

3 years ago

5 stars
How’s about not listing the same ingredient twice. Instead, combine the two and designate “divided”….LIKE NORMAL RECIPES!