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Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars

Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars. A sweet and tangy, raspberry fruit filling is sandwiched between two buttery layers of soft, delicious cookie.

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Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars

Originally published April 2016. These delicious cookies are just another variety of filled cookies inspired by our Raisin Filled version.

Raisin Filled Cookies

Raisin Filled Cookies, made as cookie bars.

The raisin version itself was inspired by old fashioned cookies that were individually made like little turnovers and baked.

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Frozen Raspberries make this recipe more economical without sacrificing flavour.

This method gives all of the great flavour in a time saving method. The raspberry here could easily be substituted with strawberries or blueberries if you prefer. Just make sure the filling is thickened enough to stand up when it sets.

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Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars

If you prefer a good quality, high fruit content jam or preserves could also be used.

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Demo, how to prepare the top and bottom layers

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Yield: 12 servings

Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Raspberry Filled Cookie Bars - a sweet and tangy, raspberry fruit filling is sandwiched between two buttery layers of soft, delicious cookie.


  • For the filling
  • 2 1/2 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch, dissolved in an additional 1/4 cup cold water
  • For the cookie dough
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1¾ cups + 2 tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder


  1. To prepare the filling
  2. Prepare the filling before the dough so that it can cool down before being used.
  3. To a small pot, add the raspberries, water and sugar. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Dissolve the corn Starch in the additional 1/4 cup water.
  5. Add slowly to the boiling raspberry mixture mixture, stirring constantly.
  6. Cook for another few minutes, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and becomes the consistency of pie filling.
  7. Remove from heat and transfer to a glass bowl to cool. Cool for at least a half hour, stirring it ever few minutes before using it to fill the cookie bars.
  8. To prepare the cookie dough
  9. Cream the butter sugar well.
  10. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  11. Sift together the flour and baking powder and fold into the creamed mixture until a soft dough forms.
  12. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.
  13. Line a 9x9 inch baking pan with plastic wrap and press one half of the dough evenly into the bottom of the lined pan. Lift the flattened dough out onto a cookie sheet, still keeping it on the plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  14. Lightly grease the 9x9 inch baking pan and line it with parchment paper for easy removal of the cookie bars when they are baked.
  15. Press the other half of the dough evenly into the bottom of the parchment lined pan. I use the back of a tablespoon to smooth it out evenly.
  16. Spread the raspberry filling evenly over the base layer.
  17. Take the dough square from the fridge and flip it onto the filling layer. Peel off the plastic wrap and press down lightly on the dough with the backs of your fingers to release any air pockets trapped under the dough.
  18. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25-35 minutes until lightly golden brown on top.
  19. Cool completely before cutting into squares or bars.

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Nutrition Information



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Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 36mgSodium 99mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 2gSugar 18gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Glenda Kennedy

Monday 17th of September 2018

Hi Barry, I'm so excited to see the recipe for the raspberry filled cookie bars . It looks like the recipe my mother in law used to make many years ago . I'm making them for a family day this weekend . Thank you for posting it !!

Jo-Ann Baggs

Friday 31st of August 2018

Hi, Barry, I am making the raspberry squares from your email this morning. If using ready-made jam, how much should I use?

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 31st of August 2018

About 2 cups I think.

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