Blackberry Bars and Chewy Bars

giftsMake this holiday season more personal by baking your own gorgeous gourmet gifts. They don’t take much time to make but are a wonderful way to express your affection. Homemade gifts are the best kind to receive, particularly when they’re edible and nicely packaged in reusable boxes and wrapping paper.

From fruitcakes and cookies, to candies and fruit leathers there’s something tasty you can make for everyone on your list. Below are recipes for two tasty treats you can make as gifts for friends and family. Enjoy!

Blackberry Bars


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground mace
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh blackberries or thawed and drained frozen blackberries


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees C (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 8×8 inch baking pan.
  2. In large bowl beat the butter or margarine together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well.
  3. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and mace or nutmeg. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and stir to combine. Mix in the vinegar and juice. Fold in the blackberries.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan and cut into squares.

Chewy Bars


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond extract)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or chopped almonds or pecans)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt the butter in a 8 x 11 inch baking dish, and tilt the pan to coat all of the sides; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, oatmeal and baking soda.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla (or almond extract) until smooth, then stir in the walnuts (or almonds or pecans).
  4. Pour over the melted butter.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown. Cool, then cut into squares, and dust with confectioners sugar.

Related holiday recipes:
Mocha Shortbread Cookies
Holiday Eggnog and Eggnog Truffles
Three Cranberry Coffee Cake Recipes
Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies
Fleur de sel carameles recipe


  1. Mary’s getting braver about cooking and baking now that she has more time and a decent kitchen space. We are having a series of potlucks at our home for family, friends, and neighbors in lieu of buying and exchanging consumer goods. Thanks for the gifts of your recent recipes, and for the continuing gift of your assistance to new online community members.

  2. These both sound amazing! To me, there is nothing like a homemade gift – it speaks of love and the time and effort you’re willing to put forth! Not to mention, they’re delicious!

  3. Blackberry bars sound delicious.

    Baking in winter is a great way to spend energy on heating the home that also results in something tasty to eat – so I shall endeavour to report back with the results in due course ;-)

    • Hi David,
      These are tried and true recipes, though I have to admit I’m not a stickler when it comes to measuring. I make a recipe and then the next time I play with it until I like it. :) Have fun!

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