Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Wednesday, 4th August 2010

I really need to start exercising some restraint at the farmer’s market.  If you could only see my fridge during the summer months.  I have bowls and bowls of juicy berries and fresh fruit of all kinds.  I always way over buy.  The three of us couldn’t possible eat all of it and I am left trying to figure out how to use all the fresh fruit before it expires.

A close up photo of 3 blackberry-almond shortbread squares stacked one above each other with small, white doilies in between each square.

I love blackberries!  What was I to do with about 6 cups of blackberries?  I didn’t have a clue.  Luckily Martha’s cookie of the day landed in my inbox and it was none other than her recipe for Blackberry-Almond Shortbread Squares.

A photo of 4 blackberry-almond shortbread squares, 2 are stacked and tied with a sheer ribbon, all placed on a white dish.

It is one of the easiest ways to showcase the sweet, juicy blackberry.  You are getting the full flavour of the blackberry as it is simply tossed with a little orange zest.  The shortbread melts in your mouth and the almond extract complements the buttery crust.

A close up photo of 4 blackberry-almond shortbread squares on a wooden cutting board.

This dessert is so easy to make and definitely versatile.  No blackberries, no problem, swap out the blackberries with blueberries, raspberries or strawberries.  Not a lover of almonds, use hazelnuts or pine nuts.

A close up photo of 3 blackberry-almond shortbread crumb squares on a piece of parchment.

If you love summer berries as much as I do, you’ll love this recipe, it screams summer goodness.

A close up photo of a pan of blackberry-almond shortbread dessert in a baking pan.

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Comments (9)

9 Responses to “Blackberry-Almond Shortbread Squares”

  1. Brenda Says:

    Oh Grace, do these look scrumptious!! I just love blackberries and these are a perfect way to use them. I could eat these bars for breakfast!

  2. Stacey N. Says:

    These look so good Grace! Blackberries are my favorite berry! Raspberries are a close second. I’ll have to keep this recipe in mind the next time I am at the market.

  3. Grace Says:

    Thank goodness Brenda, I am not the only one, perfect for breakfast.

  4. Grace Says:

    Stacey either one would be perfect for this recipe.

  5. Michelle Says:

    Oh, I love seeing a new blackberry recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Grace Says:

    You are most welcome Michelle!

  7. Jessie Says:

    I love the crumbles and the generous amount of berries you used. Looks very inviting!

  8. Marly Says:

    That is a LOT Of blackberries, but looks like you put them to excellent use. Love these pics. Guess what? I just rediscovered some land my sisters and I own in southern Missouri and it is loaded with blackberry bushes. Next year I’ll have to send you some!

  9. Grace Says:

    I remember you mentioning the blackberry bushes. It must have been an amazing experience going to the farm. I am so happy for you. Btw did you get my return email?

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