No bake blackberry bars recipe

An elegant summer treat, these dreamy no bake blackberry bars are infused with fresh berry sweetness swirled with a velvety creamy filling.
An elegant summer treat, these dreamy no bake blackberry bars are infused with fresh berry sweetness swirled with a velvety creamy filling.

I love watching TV while folding clothes. Since our dryer broke and we had to wait for a new one to be delivered and installed, I had quite a few loads to go through. I needed to find a movie to keep my mind away from the clothes.

Browsing the channels I found a romantic movie. Two people met online and later decided to meet in real life. At first he didn’t seem the guy she thought he might be, but just like in other romantic movies the longer they spend together the more they started to enjoy each other’s company. She was an amazing cook, he was a photographer.

Somehow, I don’t know how, while watching the movie my mind traveled in time, years ago when I met Mr.R  for the first time. The overcrowded hotel we both stayed at, the little Egyptian restaurant at the end of the street and the Starbucks I stopped daily to get my coffee intake.
My mind skipped a few years until the summer Mr. R came to visit me in Romania. One evening we stopped at a local coffee shop and enjoyed one of the classic Romanian desserts – no bake fruit cake 

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The following day I gathered all the ingredients and made the classic cake in a bar form with a very little adaptation from my mom’s recipe.

To make these no bake blackberry bars, you need just a handful of ingredients.

Since I didn’t have any lady fingers on hand, I made the crust from graham crackers crumbs and melted butter.

For the filling, you’ll need milk, sugar, gelatin, heavy cream and egg yolks and of course fresh blackberries. If you do not have any blackberries on hand, you can use any fresh berries you have. I made them again for 4th of July using strawberries

Since these blackberries bars require no baking and yet, eggs are listed as an ingredient, it’s very important to use pasteurized eggs. I love Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs and I highly recommend them for this recipe.

No bake blackberry bars

To make the filling you’ll need a candy thermometer, just like for these lemon bars. In a small saucepan mix milk, sugar and eggs and cook over low heat until the mixture reaches 180F.

Keep on eye on the mixture, it only takes about 3-5 minutes to triple in volume and reach that temperature. Remove from the heat and let cool while the gelatin dissolves.

In a clean bowl, whip the cream until firm peaks form.

Stir the gelatin, and heavy cream in the egg mixture and pour in the prepared pan. Refrigerate for few hours and enjoy.

Yes, these no bake bars need a little bit of patience and you’ll end up with a couple of dirty dishes, but they are worth it.

No bake blackberry bars recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: 15 bars

No bake blackberry bars recipe

An elegant summer treat, these dreamy no bake blackberry bars are infused with fresh berry sweetness swirled with a velvety creamy filling.


  • 1 cup graham crumbs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks ( I recommend Safest Choice™ Pasteurized Eggs )
  • 1 package knox gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 oz fresh blackberries or other berries
  • Topping
  • 2 tablespoons graham crumbs
  • 15 fresh blackberries


  1. Line an 11X7" pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. To make the crust, pour the melted butter over the graham crust and stir to combine.
  3. Evenly press the crumbs on the bottom on the prepared pan. Refrigerate until the filling is ready.
  4. Filling
  5. In a sauce pan combine the milk, sugar and the 3 egg yolks.
  6. Place the saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until the sauce starts to thicken, triples and volume and the temperature reaches 180F.
  7. Turn the stove off and let it cool for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once the egg mixture is slightly cooled, in a small bowl dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Once dissolved (should take around 3 minutes) stir into the egg yolks mixture. Leave to cool completely.
  9. In a clean bowl whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks. Slowly mix the whipped cream into the egg mixture.
  10. Arrange the fresh blackberries over the crust and slowly pour the filling over them.
  11. Sprinkle the remaining graham crackers crumbs and refrigerate the pan for a few hours.
  12. When ready to serve, cut into bars, decorate with a fresh blackberry and enjoy!
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  1. Liz Maresh says

    Will the cooking time of the egg mixture still require a pasteurized egg yolk , or will it cook long enough to eliminate the threat of salmonella ? Thank you for your reply ! Your dessert looks so delicious ! Can’t wait to make it. If it still requires pasteurized egg yolks, I will have to try to locate someone who sells them.

    • says

      Hi Liz,
      Technically the egg is cooked when the temperature reaches 160F and for this recipe you need to cook the egg mixture until it reaches 180F. In theory, the egg yolks are cooked.
      Keeping salmonella in mind, I choose pasteurized eggs. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

      Here’s the link to safest choice website and you can check what stores sell them. I get mine from Safeway.

      If you have a Whole Foods close by, they have pasteurized eggs from other brands.

      Please let me know if you have other questions. Happy to help.


  2. says

    Wow this looks amazing! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  3. says

    This looks to die for. I’m thinking cherries or blueberries. Mostly because that is what I have on hand. Thanks for the recipe! Pinned!


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