Strawberry Peach Basil Bars

Some ingredient combinations make people a bit skeptical when you mention them. But then, they bite into whatever it is you made and they completely forget about their doubts.

These bars definitelay have that reaction. I love basil in desserts (and cocktails), and I’ve had this combination before in these Strawberry Peach Basil Cupcakes. So, clearly, I had no doubt these bars would be amazing.

I actually started with this Blueberry Crumb Bar recipe, but I was multi-tasking while the ingredients were in the mixer, so the crumb mixture turned into a dough. No worries though, the bars still came out amazing. My favorite bites were the ones with a lot of basil and I decided the next time I make these, I’ll bump up the amount of basil in them.

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Strawberry Peach Basil Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients:

For the Dough:
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, cold
1 egg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:
3 cups peeled, diced peaches
2 cups diced strawberries
1/4 cup basil, chiffonaded
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

For the Dough: In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and cinnamon, if desired. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the shortening and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.

For the Filling: In medium bowl, gently toss diced peaches and lemon juice together; set aside.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour over the peaches and mix gently.

Spread the filling evenly over the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the filling layer.

Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Dough recipe from AllRecipes.com, filling adapted from Sweet Pea's Kitchen and The First Kitchen

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6 Responses to “Frosted Strawberry Sugar Cookies”

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    hani@hanielas — October 30, 2013 at 7:03 am

    That frosting must be amazing, real strawberries, yum.

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    Jennifer — October 30, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I love that you were able to make this without artificial flavour or colour! So many ‘strawberry’ baked goods don’t even have real strawberries in them… thanks for sharing!!

    • beantownbaker — October 30th, 2013 @ 11:11 am

      I try my hardest to make pink foods without any artificial crap in them. I was excited to find this recipe for a strawberry treat with all real ingredients!

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    Shannon — October 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    These look absolutely delicious, saving for summer! I had pink recipe in mind, but things have been so crazy here too that I haven’t had a chance to make it 🙁 I haven’t even baked an apple pie yet! Hopefully next weekend…

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

      I completely understand! I didn’t get all of my pink recipes posted this month and I haven’t made anything apple yet this year!!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 7, 2013 at 11:19 am

    These cookies are adorable 🙂 I love strawberry treats!

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