These soft Glazed Berry Sugar Bars are bursting with summer berry flavors! The cookie is soft and buttery, the berries are sweet and flavorful and it’s all topped with a creamy sugar glaze!
I’m trying to make the most of what we have left of summer. I hate it.
I feel like in NJ we waited until July for summer to actually start and now it’s August and it’s almost over! Don’t get me wrong, I do love me some fall cozies and a good PSL, but oh summer, you’re gone too fast.
I am sure in other parts of the country you’re DYING for a reprieve from the hot temperatures. I grew up in Houston, I get it for sure. And I guess it’s not just the warmer temperatures I am already beginning to mourn, it’s the fact that my babies will be starting school soon. I love them being home. I hate it when they go to school…most of the time… and of course I know the times that they are spending with me now are fleeting. Ugh I hate time passing. Hate.
But at least we still have summer fruit. There’s always that.
Today I decided to fatten up some berries by introducing them to the sugar cookie bar. They are now officially the best of friends.
The soft cookie base is the perfect partner in crime for the sweet berries. Oh and did I mention I topped the whole situation with a sweet sugar glaze.
I mean look at the gorgeousness of these berries…
I know you will ask, so please note you can use any combo of berries. I did try this recipe with strawberries, however, and I found they made my cookie base a little wetter than I like. Maybe I just got an especially juicy batch of strawberries, who knows! But if you want to use all raspberries, go for it…all blueberries, suit yourself…I just like the combo of all the berries because it looks cute and tastes cuter.
Just whip up the simple sugar cookie base and spread 2/3 of it into a lined and greased pan.
Then top it with your berries, which you will coat with sugar and cornstarch (before adding them).
And then just randomly drop the remaining sugar cookie dough on top.
Bake it and and pour your gorgeous glaze all over!
I use a ton of glaze on these bars, but you don’t have to. Feel free to use as much, or as little as you like!
When they’re cooled you can slice them up and eat them with your fingers or with a fork…depending on how civilized you want to be!
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 cups fresh berries, I used blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg, plus 1 yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1½ cups flour
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C
- Line a 9x9 baking dish with aluminum foil and coat with cooking/baking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl combine ⅓ cup granulated sugar with the cornstarch. Place the berries in a medium bowl and sprinkle the cornstarch mixer on top, tossing the berries to coat them evenly. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix the butter and ¾ cup of sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add in the egg, yolk, vanilla, salt and baking powder and mix for another minute until smooth. Turn the speed to low and add in the flour, mixing until just incorporated.
- Press ⅔ of the dough into the prepared pan. Top this evenly with the prepared berries. Next drop the remaining dough by the teaspoon-ful evenly onto the berries. This will not cover the berries completely.
- Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes until the bars are set in the middle and lightly golden on top.
- Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
- Meanwhile prepare the glaze by whisking the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together until smooth. Pour this on top of the warm bars.
- Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into pieces.