Strawberry Nutella Crumb Bars

“Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.”Amos Bronson Alcott

Strawberry Nutella Bars

I do not often discuss the struggles I go through testing and re-testing recipes because I am not sure how interesting my development process is to you all.  Some recipes come together with one try, but those are sadly few and far between.  Others, like this recipe, make me want to tear out my hair, weep, cry, and eventually give up blogging and move to Phi Phi Island.  However, the struggle was worth it in the end because what I came up with is well worth the effort.

Strawberry Nutella Bars

I struggled with the crust.  I tried some variations on a chocolate short crust pastry that either overcooked and became dry, or was too moist and flavorless.  I opted instead for chocolate wafer cookies.  They have the right texture, crisp and crumbly, and they have plenty of flavor.  Combine that crust with the sweet berries, creamy Nutella, and the buttery topping and you have an over-the-top bar experience.

Strawberry Nutella Crumb Bars    Yield 24

For the crust:
1 – 9 ounce box chocolate wafer cookies, or chocolate graham crackers, finely crushed
1/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter, melted

For the filling:
1 cup diced strawberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Nutella

For the topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
3 tablespoons butter, cold
Pinch of salt

Heat the oven to 350 F.  Spray a 8×8″ pan with non-stick spray, line with parchment paper leaving a three inch over hang on each side, and spray that with non-stick spray.

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In a large bowl combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and butter  and stir until all the crumbs are coated with the butter.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and press it out evenly.  Bake for 10 minutes.

While the crust bakes prepare the filling and the topping.

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For the filling combine the strawberries with the sugar and allow to stand for ten minutes.  Drain off half of the liquid, then add the cornstarch and vanilla.  Stir to combine.

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For the topping combine the sugar, salt, and flour until evenly mixed.  Rub the butter in with your fingers until the mixture is coarse and crumbly and no large pieces of butter remain.  Refrigerate for ten minutes.

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Heat the Nutella in the microwave for ten seconds, or until it thins out slightly.  Pour the Nutella over the prepared crust and carefully spread it to the edges of the crust.  Evenly distribute the strawberries, then the crumb topping.

Strawberry Nutella Bars

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and the berries are bubbling all over.  Allow to cool completely in the pan before using the parchment to carefully lift the bars out of the pan.  Cut into bars.

Strawberry Nutella Bars


Strawberry Nutella Bars

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Author: Kelly

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  • These look amazing! Sorry I have been MIA-life has gotten out of control. Miss you and your treats:) Can’t wait to make these!

  • These look REALLY good! I always seem to have trouble with bar cookies like this when I’m recipe testing… There’s a delicate balance! Glad to see you persevered with these!

  • You’re a perfectionist…I would be happy to try your “attempts”.

  • Trial and error can be a real pain. Oddly enough, fresh strawberries are a culprit of many a flopped baked product. LOL…you’ll have to read about my adventure with Brown Sugar Strawberry Pound Cake…that evil gremlin! In any event, you obviously succeeded and now that you have nutella AND strawberries…may I come over for dessert and coffee???

  • What a fancastic idea! The pictures are beautiful (and helpful so I can see what it’s supposed to look like!) Thank you for sharing this!

  • These look so delicious! Can’t wait to try them on my own. 🙂

  • Joy

    Completely understandable. I go through multiple versions of a recipe until I get it just right. It looks great.

  • This looks really tempting!

  • Anything Nutella is delicious! Great recipe.

  • Esi

    These bars look absolutely amazing! I love strawberries and Nutella together. I will be making these soon.

  • Oh my, that looks dangerously good! 🙂

  • YUM, YUM, YUM – this looks amazing.

  • P

    Looks like you got this one right, yum!

  • Nutella & strawberries What a great combination! 🙂 I LOVE it

  • Great post! I would love to hear more about the recipe-creation process. I feel so terrible when something doesn’t work out and I have to throw it away. But I try to think of it as art-it’s only worth it if it’s good. And I also tell myself I don’t need the calories of a not-perfect cake. How do you deal with failure without guilt?

  • DessertForTwo – At first it was hard to not beat myself up for a failure. I discovered that in failure there is a lesson. What did I like, what needed tweaking … I made myself face a fail as a learning experience and it really helped!

  • Sorry you had to pull your hair out while creating this recipe, but at least you can enjoy these beauties bald headed, they look fab and I will definitely give these bars a try!

  • Katherine

    Is the nutella flavor shine through? Or not really?

  • Looks like these little sweets were worth the time and the effort. Thank you so much for going through the pain of creating such a recipe (so we don’t have to!). They’re on my must-bake list for sure!

  • I’ve had quite a sweet tooth lately. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • These look so amazing. I will definitely be making these very soon. I love your recipes. Someday I will start posting mine..

  • What a delicious and inventive dessert! Yum. That chocolate crust looks so rich and moist and delicious!

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  • These look delicious. I love seeing tried ad tested sure recipes. Layered bars are always a little daunting, it’s hard to get all the parts perfect!

  • that looks dangerous, but so inviting at the same time. you did well (:

  • Yummy! The photos look great!

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  • yes, please!!

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