Dear Crissy

Chocolate Raspberry Bars

Some of the best recipes that I’ve stumbled across in the past twenty years haven’t been from fancy magazines or even the internet. They have come from cheaply-printed community and church cookbooks.

Lucky for me, my mom has a nice stash of these old cookbooks, and it’s where I found this wonderful chocolate raspberry bars recipe.

Chocolate Raspberry Bars - These chewy, gooey dessert bars are like chocolate heaven with a raspberry jam twist. SO GOOD.

I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical about this recipe when I first read it in one of my mom’s little coil-bound cookbooks.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like chocolate with raspberry jam. Let’s just say that I was more than pleasantly surprised by how these chocolate raspberry bars turned out!

These bars have a really nice texture and an even better flavor. I’m a pretty big fan of jams in any kind of recipe, so I should have suspected that these bars would be a winner.

A little chewy, a little gooey, and even a little crispy around the edges, these yummy chocolate raspberry bars are a wonderful dessert that would be really nice to make around the upcoming winter holidays.

Chocolate Raspberry Bars - These chewy, gooey dessert dessert bars are like chocolate heaven with a raspberry jam twist. SO GOOD.

It’s funny, when you make recipes that come from church cookbooks, it’s sometimes a shot in the dark. I’m used to having lots and lots of gorgeous photos of the recipes that I’m about to attempt (thanks, internet), but in these old cookbooks, there are often no photos at all. It’s sort of fun to take a simple recipe printed on a white page and give it a whirl.

It’s also kind of nice because you don’t have a glossy photo to try and live up to!

Not to dimish my glossy photos… they are pretty, right? I just had to share a few shots of these gorgeous, easy, and simply delicious chocolate raspberry bars!

Chocolate Raspberry Bars - These chewy, gooey dessert bars are like chocolate heaven with a raspberry jam twist. SO GOOD.

If you’re looking for more great holiday dessert ideas, you can’t afford to miss my famous pumpkin crunch cake or these incredible melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin cookies!

Chocolate Raspberry Bars

Chocolate Raspberry Bars


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • ⅔ cup seedless raspberry jam


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13x2 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, salt and the cold butter into a food processor. Process until coarse crumbs are formed. Set aside 1 ½ cups of the mixture for the topping. I kept it in the refrigerator until ready to use. Press the remaining crumbs into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  3. Add the condensed milk and 1 cup of the chocolate chips to a small sauce pan. Over low heat stir constantly until chips are completely melted. Pour the chocolate mixture over the baked crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture evenly over the top of the chocolate.
  4. Drop the raspberry jam by the teaspoonful evenly over the top of the crumb mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of chips.
  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until filling is set. Completely cool on a wire rack.

    7 Comments on “Chocolate Raspberry Bars”

  1. I love these bars! Do you think I could use strawberry jam in place of the raspberry? My husband isn’t a fan of raspberry. 

  2. Do these need to be refrigerated?

  3. Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

  4. Why don’t you post nutritional information so those of us on weight watchers points can figure out what the points would be

    • Hi Cheryl, thanks for the feedback, and I agree that the recipes need this! When I started blogging back in 2006, this wasn’t such an issue. I currently have hundreds of recipes to add nutritional information on and I’m just one person so it’s getting done slow and steady. My new recipes all have the nutritional info and I’ll get to this one soon. I appreciate your patience, thank you! :)

    • Seems to me that this question could be asked more respectfully. You also can figure out this information easily on your own with any one of a number of nutrition calculators online. I like MyFitnessPal app or the Sparkpeople website.

  5. I made these last night and they were wonderful. My husband had to have seconds. I t added some walnuts. I am have to have walnuts in just about every desert. Thank you for sharing the recipe. 

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