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Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars

When you want something light and zesty, but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen these Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars are just what you need! A shortbread crust, filled with a citrus ginger fruit filling, topped with a crumb topping, and lemon glaze. The perfect summer bar!

If you’re looking for more citrus recipes, check out my Meyer Lemon Muffins, Citrus Scones, or my Baked Feta Broccoli Pasta with Lemon.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

You’ll love this easy recipe for Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars as it combines the light and zesty flavor of lemon, orange, and clementines along with ginger for a light and slightly spicy treat that screams summer!

These easy bars start out with a simple shortbread that’s used for the crust and the topping. There’s no making jam in this recipe as I buy this amazing Organic Citrus Ginger Fruit Spread, which makes these bars take no time at all!

I top these Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars with a sweet and tangy lemon glaze that will have your taste buds doing a happy dance! Enjoy these on a lazy summer morning with tea or crumble them up on top of vanilla bean ice cream for a delicious cold treat!

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Ingredients for Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Organic Citrus Ginger Fruit Spread

Frontier Co-Op Organic Cornstarch

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Organic Lemon

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Mixing Bowl

Whisk

USA Pan 8 x 8-inch Pan

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

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How to Make Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the crust and topping: In a medium bowl, add the flour, cane sugar, and light brown sugar and mix together. Add in the melted butter and stir to combine completely.

Reserve ½ cup for the topping and set aside. Using your hands, or a measuring cup, press the crust into the bottom of the pan evenly.

Step 3

Bake for 15 minutes.

Step 4

To make the filling: In a small bowl, add the citrus ginger fruit spread and cornstarch, mix together.

Step 5

When the crust is done baking, remove from the oven. Add the citrus filling on top. And sprinkle the remaining crumb topping on top.

Step 6

Return to the oven and bake for another 27 to 30 minutes, or until the topping looks golden brown and dry. Allow to cool in the pan completely. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

Step 7

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar and lemon juice and whisk until you have a smooth glaze.

Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bars. Cut into 9 bars.

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Tips for Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars

• I use an 8 x 8-inch pan here, the USA Pan is my favorite! If you only have 9 x 9-inch, you could also use that, but the bars won’t be as thick.

• I used this Organic Citrus Ginger Fruit Spread that I got from Azure. You can use any kind of citrus ginger jam as well! If you just have a citrus jam, then you can also add in your own ginger. I'd try doing 1/2 teaspoon and see how that is!

• I use cornstarch mixed with the fruit spread because this will help it solidify when baking. If you don’t want to use cornstarch, you can also use tapioca starch or Irish moss powder as well.

• Make sure to store these bars in a cool dry place. They are best when eaten within the first couple days of baking!

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FAQ's

Can I use another kind of fruit spread?

Yes, the fruit spread (or jam) that you use inside can be easily swapped out! You could use strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, apricot, or whatever you like! This will change the flavor of the bars, depending on what flavor jam you use.

How do you store crumb bars?

Crumb bars are best stored in a cool dry place at room temperature for about 2 to 3 days. I prefer to leave them out on a platter on the counter while we eat them!

Can I omit the glaze?

Yes, if you don't want them as sweet, feel free to leave off the glaze!

Why organic?

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars

Mimi Council
These Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars start with shortbread crust, filled with a citrus ginger fruit filling, topped with a crumb topping, and lemon glaze. The perfect summer bar!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 9 bars
Calories 395 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Crust & Topping

Filling

  • 9 ounces citrus ginger fruit spread
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Glaze

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • To make the crust and topping: In a medium bowl, add the flour, cane sugar, and light brown sugar and mix together. Add in the melted butter and stir to combine completely.
  • Reserve ½ cup for the topping and set aside. Using your hands, or a measuring cup, press the crust into the bottom of the pan evenly.
  • Bake for 15 minutes.
  • To make the filling: In a small bowl, add the citrus ginger fruit spread and cornstarch, mix together.
  • When the crust is done baking, remove from the oven. Add the citrus filling on top. And sprinkle the remaining crumb topping on top.
  • Return to the oven and bake for another 27 to 30 minutes, or until the topping looks golden brown and dry. Allow to cool in the pan completely.
  • To make the glaze: In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar and lemon juice and whisk until you have a smooth glaze.
  • Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bars. Cut into 9 bars.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.

Video

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Notes

High Altitude – Bake the crust at 350°F for 12 minutes. Fill and add topping per the instructions, then bake again for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and dry.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 75gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 97mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 372IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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