Raspberry Crumb Bars

I used to be really big into Valentine’s Day.  Giving gifts, chocolates, flowers, cards (yeah… not just one but two, maybe three).  I’d make dinner reservations at expensive restaurants and plan out a night of activities. Over the years, though, I’ve toned it down a bit.  Eric and I don’t exchange cards.  We don’t buy each other presents or flowers.  There are no chocolate-covered strawberries.  Instead we stay at home, eat lobster and drink champagne, followed by a decadent dessert (like these raspberry bars that we’re obsessed with… which contain three sticks of butter).  We spend the rest of the evening curled up on the couch with Maki, the three of us wrapped up in blankets.  It may seem boring to some, but I want nothing more than a little quiet time with the man that I love.

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:17 am

    Liren - Not boring at all. In fact, it sounds completely perfect. And these raspberry bars would *definitely* be the perfect ending.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:20 am

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)a - I love crumb bars, these look scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:43 am

    john | heneedsfood - I agree, it isn’t boring at all. Staying at home with good food, wine and the significant other is perfect in my eyes. Especially if there’s a fab dessert like this one!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 8:22 am

    JulieD - I’m in love with these crumb bars. I’m obsessed with raspberries lately too. I like the sound of your Valentine’s!! Hope you have fun!!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - I have the same idea of happiness with Grant on Valentine’s Day (night) — cozy home surroundings, drinks, great food and, of course, an indulgent dessert. I’m on a fruit dessert kick right now, and these look amazing! xoReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 8:33 am

    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - These look fabulous and so perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 8:57 am

    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies - I am so so SO not into Valentine’s Day. But I do like it as an excuse for a good dessert–these look perfect!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Love these little bars! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 9:25 am

    olga - Brian – these are great AND hooray for not falling into the vday vortex. andrew and i are the same. i think i am the driver of vday dislike too :) nonetheless happy holiday to you and yours. xoReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 9:33 am

    Heidi @foodiecrush - I’m with you and Eric, I like to keep it low-key as well and let the amateurs go out and crash all of the restaurants and flower stores. But, I do like to bake a little something special for my man with my little girl. Love the new site header, lovely simplicity. Just like you.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Kristina - 3 sticks of butter? you have my attention…

    while Jason and I are still in the “really big into Valentines Day…” even after 8 years, I can appreciate your quiet at home version as well.


  • February 11, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Classic perfection! I’m thinking after-school treat today. :)ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Shelly Egglestone Jaronsky - 3 sticks of butter? Sign me up! We don’t do Valentines big either…I love the idea of a good meal and a rich dessert. Sounds perfect!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:51 pm

    Hima - Oh my word! Also, the perfect use for some of my summer jam. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Eileen - These bars sound so good–even with the three sticks of butter! Maybe especially with the three sticks of butter, actually. :) And I’m definitely with you on the low-key Valentine’s Day. Who wants to battle all the other restaurant daters? Not me.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    Cat Morrow - I never really was into valentines day. I might make a nice supper but thats about it. ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 2:01 pm

    Cat Morrow - PS these look amazing. Reminds me of these danishes I used to eat as a kid. ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - I can relate on having a toned-down Valentines Day. We usually still exchange cards, but that’s about it. I’m looking forward to a nice quiet evening at home with plenty of baby snuggles and some good food. And, of course, a glass of wine once baby is in bed :) Perhaps I’ll have to make some of these bars… Delish!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 5:15 pm

    Helene - We don’t go out on Valentine Day, too many people in restaurants. We like to stay home and enjoy our day. But this year I will be alone, my husband will be gone. Enjoy Valentine Day!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Russell van Kraayenburg - Oh my gosh I want so many of these right now! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Loretta - Three sticks of butter? I’m all in.ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 6:45 pm

    Beth Maxey - yum!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2013 - 11:50 pm

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - Anything with this much butter just has to be amazing! I’m with you on the V-Day celebration. My husband and I are planning on eating a lot of fondue!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2013 - 12:50 am

    Sneh Roy - Gorgeous! What a beautiful recipe!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2013 - 2:11 am

    Suzanne Perazzini - We are just like you. No more sweet talking, unexpected gifts, intimate dinners out. Valentine’s Day will slide by just like every other.ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2013 - 7:20 am

    Jeanette - I’m with you – I’d much rather be at home snuggled up on the couch with my guy and enjoy a really simple, but good meal at home. Your Raspberry Crumb Bars look fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - I’m so glad my man isn’t into the whole elaborate Valentine’s Day craziness. Last year, I cooked him dinner at home and he made me some chocolates :) This year I’ll be cooking dinner at home again. If I didn’t already have a specific dessert planned, I’d totally make these. I’ll save this recipe for another occasion :)ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    TidyMom - you had me at raspberry! looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2013 - 3:13 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Are you kidding me, that sounds like the perfect evening and I’ll be having a very similar one! Happy Valentine’s Day to you both.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2013 - 3:30 am

    Family Fresh Cooking - Nice! Wish I had some of these for a night time snack :)ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2013 - 6:58 am

    Jeanne @ Cooksister - Oh yeah… three sticks of butter. My kinda bars ;o) I love that you have also gone for a darker, crimson dessert for valentine’s week rather than the pink froth that seems to be everywhere. I’ve also toned down my Valentine’s excesses over the years… but part of me does miss those teenage days of waiting for the postman and hoping there will be a handwritten envelope for me 😉ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2013 - 9:41 am

    Joanne - I’m not sure into V-Day either but this year The.Boy and I are going out tonight (the 13th) to one of my favorite farm-to-table restaurants and then tonight we’re staying in and I’m cooking. These bars would be the perfect ending to a great homemade meal!ReplyCancel

  • February 14, 2013 - 3:40 am

    Verses from my Kitchen - Beautiful, Brian! I have a serious sweet craving right now and these would fit that bill perfectly. Love crumb bars!ReplyCancel

  • February 14, 2013 - 5:27 am

    mild - yum! yum!ReplyCancel

  • February 15, 2013 - 10:33 am

    Jamie - Oh, well, you know that JP and I are just like you guys, dog included! That is how we prefer celebrating any holiday. Oh well i will admit he did ask me if I wanted to go to a lovely restaurant nearby for V Day and I told him I prefered staying cozy at home. Too bad I didn’t have these amazing raspberry bars! Wow! I have to make these. I have a recipe for cherry crumb bars I’ve been meaning to make for about 10 years (I kid you not). Yours are stunning!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking - I love crumb bars and these look and sound fantastic Brian. Perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoonReplyCancel

  • February 19, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    SweetSugarbelle - These look amazing, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • March 3, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    Creandé - This is a recipe I must try. I love butter AND raspberries so these sound perfect! Also, I love the way you chose to spend Valentine’s Day. It sounds far better than exchanging cards and eating chocolate. :-) Great post and photos. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    Andrew Frishman - MMnn… I LOVES me some crumby bars.

    Los barrotes de la jaula en que vivimos son en gran medida auto-creado.ReplyCancel

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