Yesterday I had all intentions to make raspberry bars from scratch and photograph them for the blog and then I checked my cabinets and realized I was missing brown sugar and it was still snowy and icy out and the thought of heading out with two boys for brown sugar didn’t seem effortless. So I looked in my pantry aka a cabinet with all of my box mixes and found a mix of Krusteaz raspberry bars and realized this would truly be effortless. I did a tweak it a little bit to make it bit more like my recipe.
All you need for this mix is a stick of butter! Amazing. The flour mix ingredients was pretty much everything I was going to use so I left that as is and forked the mixture to get my base and crumb layer.
You need to place 2/3 cup of that mix in greased ban and make your base. Bake in oven at 350 for 15 mins.
Now their raspberry mix was full of some ingredients I didn’t love so I decided to use an all natural spread I had around. Mine was strawberry, but there is also a raspberry version.
Once the spread is on the base you can sprinkle the remaining crumbs on top. I decided to make an addition and add chocolate chips!
Before sprinkling my dish with the chocolate chips I coated them in flour. This helps prevent them from sinking into the mixture while baking.
Pop them in the oven for 30 mins and then voila yummy and totally effortless raspberry bars that you can pass off as home made. Shhh. It will be our little secret.
You can just cut them into squares, but in honor of upcoming Valentine’s day I used a heart cutter on them.
A perfectly sweet treat that I’m happy to report got gobbled up rather quickly at my house and I believe there is only heart left!