Sprinkle Party Blondies

These blondies are ready to party, chock full of all the fun stuff: chocolate sandwich cookies, both white and dark chocolate chips, and a bevy of colorful rainbow sprinkles. The saying is true… blondes really do have more fun (when it comes to baked goods at least), and these sprinkle party blondies are quite possibly […]

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These blondies are ready to party, chock full of all the fun stuff: chocolate sandwich cookies, both white and dark chocolate chips, and a bevy of colorful rainbow sprinkles.

The saying is true… blondes really do have more fun (when it comes to baked goods at least), and these sprinkle party blondies are quite possibly the funnest.

Squares of sprinkle cookie party blondies on a pink background, with bowl of sprinkles on the side

Talk about cheerful, I dare you to take one look (let alone one bite) of these fun-filled blondies without smiling.

I was torn at what to call these celebratory treats. Double chocolate chip cookies ‘n cream confetti blondies is a mouthful even before you take a bite. They’re definitely more fun than funfetti, more colorful than cookies and cream. Party-something seemed appropriate, but I couldn’t decide between sprinkle party blondies, cookie party blondies, or house party blondies.

These blondies have so much going on you think it would be too much, but in this case… too much of a good thing? Even better.

They truly are a party in every bite.

Stack of three sprinkle party blondies with sandwich cookies, on a pink plate and pink background

The blondie base is very similar to my stuffed nutella blondies, though I reduced the scale since the mix-ins bump up the volume by quite a bit (the first batch I made was downright THICK), and skipped the brown butter since the focus of these blondies is on the flavorful mix-ins more than anything.

That said, you could easily substitute different mix-ins to suit your current cravings; the basic blondie recipe used here is a great foundation for just about any mix-in you can think of, from nuts to dried fruit to bits of chocolate or even toffee.

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Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I love baking with apples: apple crumble, apple cobbler, and apple muffins are a few of my “must makes” during the fall months, and now I have a new favorite. This Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is absolute perfection! I love m…

I love baking with apples: apple crumble, apple cobbler, and apple muffins are a few of my “must makes” during the fall months, and now I have a new favorite. This Apple Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is absolute perfection! I love making bundt cakes because they are easy, feed a crowd, and you…

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Apple Cobbler

I love all four seasons, but fall is my favorite. I love the crisp, cool air, colorful leaves, football games, cozy sweaters, all things pumpkin and apple. This Apple Cobbler recipe is a MUST make for every fall season. It is made with fresh apples, fa…

I love all four seasons, but fall is my favorite. I love the crisp, cool air, colorful leaves, football games, cozy sweaters, all things pumpkin and apple. This Apple Cobbler recipe is a MUST make for every fall season. It is made with fresh apples, fall spices, and a brown butter-cake like topping that is…

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like! Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡ In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I […]

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡

In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I would bump this recipe to the top of the blog today for those of you interested in making your own pumpkin spice lattes at home this season. Because while the coffee shop version is fun, I’m much more partial to making homemade pumpkin spice lattes because:

  • I’m one of those people who likes my coffee first-first thing in the morning while padding around at home in my pjs and slippers, and this version can be made in just 5 minutes in the comfort of my kitchen.
  • I’ve never been able to handle the sugar roller coaster that comes with the original Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe, so I appreciate being able to use less sweetener and natural sweetener (maple syrup, which I would argue is even more delicious than sugar in PSLs) in this homemade version.
  • I also enjoy being able to use my favorite type of oat milk and coffee and a legit spoonful of pumpkin purée when making my lattes. And occasionally, it’s also a fun treat to top it with some whipped cream a la Starbucks.
  • Finally — let’s be real — the cost of those coffee shop lattes adds up quickly. So it’s always nice to be able to make a homemade version at a small fraction of the cost.

Anyway, I’ve been tinkering around with these ingredient ratios for years and finally landed on a pumpkin spice latte recipe that I absolutely love. But of course, the joy of making your own version is that you can customize this recipe endlessly to your taste as well. (Lots of suggestions below!) So if you’re a fellow PSL fan, I say tap into your inner barista and let’s make some lattes together!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like! Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡ In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I […]

This homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe is quick and easy to make, more affordable than the coffee shop version, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Feel free to top with whipped cream if you’d like!

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice latte fans! ♡

In honor of the return of PSL season in coffee shops everywhere, I thought I would bump this recipe to the top of the blog today for those of you interested in making your own pumpkin spice lattes at home this season. Because while the coffee shop version is fun, I’m much more partial to making homemade pumpkin spice lattes because:

  • I’m one of those people who likes my coffee first-first thing in the morning while padding around at home in my pjs and slippers, and this version can be made in just 5 minutes in the comfort of my kitchen.
  • I’ve never been able to handle the sugar roller coaster that comes with the original Starbucks pumpkin spice latte recipe, so I appreciate being able to use less sweetener and natural sweetener (maple syrup, which I would argue is even more delicious than sugar in PSLs) in this homemade version.
  • I also enjoy being able to use my favorite type of oat milk and coffee and a legit spoonful of pumpkin purée when making my lattes. And occasionally, it’s also a fun treat to top it with some whipped cream a la Starbucks.
  • Finally — let’s be real — the cost of those coffee shop lattes adds up quickly. So it’s always nice to be able to make a homemade version at a small fraction of the cost.

Anyway, I’ve been tinkering around with these ingredient ratios for years and finally landed on a pumpkin spice latte recipe that I absolutely love. But of course, the joy of making your own version is that you can customize this recipe endlessly to your taste as well. (Lots of suggestions below!) So if you’re a fellow PSL fan, I say tap into your inner barista and let’s make some lattes together!

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Peach Coffee Cake

We have two peach trees and they aren’t that big, but they are mighty. Every year, we pick an obscene amount of peaches. I always make peach scones, salsa, crumble, oatmeal, and peach butter…and still have peaches to use up! I am always loo…

We have two peach trees and they aren’t that big, but they are mighty. Every year, we pick an obscene amount of peaches. I always make peach scones, salsa, crumble, oatmeal, and peach butter…and still have peaches to use up! I am always looking for ways to use up our peaches. My new favorite peach…

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Espresso Crumb Coffee Cake

Would you like some coffee with your coffee? This buzz-worthy coffee cake features a crunchy espresso crumb and a flavorful espresso glaze drizzled on top. I’ll take any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, and this espresso crumb coffee cake is a sure thing: with a moist sour-cream cake base and delightfully crunchy topping, plus […]

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Would you like some coffee with your coffee? This buzz-worthy coffee cake features a crunchy espresso crumb and a flavorful espresso glaze drizzled on top.

I’ll take any excuse to eat cake for breakfast, and this espresso crumb coffee cake is a sure thing: with a moist sour-cream cake base and delightfully crunchy topping, plus a sweet espresso glaze to finish it off.

Espresso Crumb Coffee Cake cut into squares, on a wood board with newsprint parchment paper, cup of glaze in the background

Nearly half of the comments on my Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake are from readers confused and wondering, “Where’s the coffee?!” Like they are convinced I mistyped my own recipe (hey, it happens) and simply forgot the coffee in the ingredient list.

But no, I’ve explained over and over, the recipe is correct, there is no actual coffee in the coffee cake.

If you live outside the US, you may be wondering, “What the heck?!”

In the US, coffee cake refers to a muffin-like breakfast cake meant to be served with coffee.

But as I’ve discovered, in the UK and other countries, coffee cake is a cake with coffee flavoring, which I guess makes sense and explains the confusion with my recipes. Although over there you also have tea cakes which are, you guessed it, made to be served with tea and do not contain any tea themselves, so who’s being confusing now, eh?

Overhead, grid of cut squares of coffee cake, one on its side to show the cake and crumb layers

Anyway. After the 1,257th “Where’s the coffee?!” comment I received, I figured why not make a coffee coffee cake, a breakfast cake flavored with coffee, to appease everyone? (I also need to edit my other coffee cake recipes at some point to clarify that they are American-style coffee cakes and no, I didn’t actually forget to include coffee in the ingredient list).

Perhaps next I’ll make a matcha coffee cake or an espresso tea cake, just to mess with everyone a bit more (but honestly those ideas sound quite delicious so I might just actually do it).

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Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

I don’t do desserts too often, and when I do they’re usually made with simple pantry staples that I know I’m already going to have on hand. These super easy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are the perfect example. They’re just flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, butter, and whatever jam you happen to have (in this case […]

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I don’t do desserts too often, and when I do they’re usually made with simple pantry staples that I know I’m already going to have on hand. These super easy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are the perfect example. They’re just flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, butter, and whatever jam you happen to have (in this case raspberry). This is the perfect fun weekend baking project for when you don’t want to go out to get more ingredients and you don’t want to make anything that is too difficult, but you definitely want something sweet. 😉 

Originally posted 5-23-2010, updated 8-25-2021.

A stack of raspberry oatmeal bars viewed from the side

What Do They Taste Like?

These raspberry oatmeal bars are basically made out of the same mix that you’d use as a crumb topping for a pie. It’s rich, buttery, and has a good amount of texture, thanks to the rolled oats. When you compress this mix into a baking dish it becomes more solid and provides a base layer for the bars, but when you sprinkle it over top, it acts more like a loose crumb topping. And then you can put whatever flavor jam you like in the center!

Do Raspberry Oatmeal Bars Need to Be Refrigerated?

While you don’t need to store the baked oatmeal bars in a refrigerator, they hold their shape better when chilled, so I do prefer to keep mine refrigerated. Make sure they’re in an air-tight container to prevent them from absorbing odor and moisture.

Can I Use Quick Oats?

I used old-fashioned rolled oats for this recipe because they provide a lot more texture to the crumble mixture. You can use quick oats, which as smaller, softer pieces, in place of the rolled oats if needed.

A hand holding a stack of raspberry oatmeal bars close to the camera

A hand holding a stack of raspberry oatmeal bars close to the camera

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

These easy Raspberry Oatmeal bars are a fast fix for your sweet tooth and they only require a few pantry staples plus your favorite jam!
Total Cost $2.86 recipe / $0.32 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 325kcal
Author Beth - Budget Bytes

Ingredients

  • 8 Tbsp Butter $0.88
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour $0.10
  • 1 cup rolled oats $0.18
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar $0.32
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda $0.02
  • 1/8 tsp salt $0.01
  • 1 cup raspberry jam $1.35

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use a ½ tsp of the butter to grease the inside of an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  • Cut the remaining butter into chunks, add it to the bowl with the flour and oat mixture, and use your hands to work the butter into the mixture until everything looks sort of crumbly or like damp sand, and no large lumps of butter remain.
  • Pour half of the oat mixture into the baking dish and press it down until it forms a solid layer.
  • Stir the jam to break up any clumps, then drop the jam in small spoonfuls onto the pressed oat mixture in the baking dish. Try to stay away from adding the jam too close to the edges. It's okay if the jam doesn't form a solid layer. Do not try to spread it with a spoon or knife.
  • Once all of the jam has been added on top of the bottom oat layer, sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top, leaving it loose and crumbly.
  • Bake the oat bars for about 30 minutes or until the top is nicely golden. Remove the bars from the oven, allow them to cool, then cut into nine squares and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g

Overhead view of raspberry oatmeal bars cut into squares with ingredients on the sides

How to Make Raspberry Oatmeal Bars – Step by Step Photos

buttered square baking dish

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use about ½ tsp of butter to grease the inside of an 8×8-inch baking dish.

oats, sugar, and flour in a bowl

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup rolled oats, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ tsp baking soda, and ⅛ tsp salt. Stir until everything is very well combined.

Butter added to the bowl with the dry ingredients

Add 8 Tbsp butter (minus the ½ tsp used to butter the dish) to the bowl with the flour, oats, and sugar.

Butter mixed into the dry ingredients in the bowl

Work the butter into the flour and oats until the mixture looks a bit crumbly or damp. No large lumps of butter should remain.

Oat mixture pressed into the bottom of the baking dish

Pour half of the oat mixture into the baking dish, spread it out evenly, and then press it down until it is in a solid layer.

Jam spread out onto the oat mixture in the baking dish

Drop 1 cup raspberry jam (or your favorite flavor) onto the oat mixture, avoiding placing the jam right up against the baking dish (this makes it harder to remove the bars after baking). It helps if you stir the jam well first to break up any clumps, then you can drop small dollops onto the oat mixture to create a fairly even layer. Don’t try to spread the jam with a spoon or knife, as it will pull up the oat mixture.

Crumbled topping added on top of jam

Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over top of the jam. Leave this layer loose, do not try to press it into a solid layer.

baked raspberry oat bars in the baking dish

Bake the raspberry oat bars in the preheated 350ºF oven for 30 minutes, or until the topping is nicely golden brown. Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting it into nine squares and serving. Running a knife around the edge to loosen any jam that may have baked onto the dish helps when removing the squares from the dish.

A pyramid of raspberry oatmeal bar squares with baking ingredients in the background

Enjoy the buttery, crumbly, oat goodness!

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Nut Free Granola Bars

I love making homemade granola bars because they are easy to make and taste so much better than store bought. Most granola bar recipes have nuts or nut butter, including my favorite recipe. The only problem? A lot of schools, day cares, and camps don&#…

I love making homemade granola bars because they are easy to make and taste so much better than store bought. Most granola bar recipes have nuts or nut butter, including my favorite recipe. The only problem? A lot of schools, day cares, and camps don’t allow nuts because of nut allergies so I created a…

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Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies hold a special place in my heart. They just make me happy…and my tummy happy too! I have A LOT of favorite recipes, but these Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are at the very top of the list. I have been making them since I was litt…

Cookies hold a special place in my heart. They just make me happy…and my tummy happy too! I have A LOT of favorite recipes, but these Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies are at the very top of the list. I have been making them since I was little so there is the nostalgic factor, but…

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