Chocolate Raspberry Bars

Alright, I know it’s only the second week of October right now, but I’m about to get a little nostalgic on you all. I’m going to start talking a bit about the holidays right now…

Yes, the holidays. I know, I know…have a lost my marbles? Well, there are days I do question that, but today is not one of them.

You guys know I get pretty psyched about any holiday that falls between October 31st and December 31st, and sometimes I tend to celebrate a bit early. But I promise, I’m talking holidays with good intentions today, and for a good cause.

Foodbuzz has partnered with Frigidaire for what has been dubbed the “Talk Turkey” campaign. The campaign was established to benefit Save the Children and they’re looking for your help. For every person who “talks turkey,” Frigidaire will donate $1 and a turkey to Save the Children (and you’ll also be entered for a chance to win a new range). So go head over to Make Time for Change to “talk turkey,” and then come on back here to check out one of my favorite recipes.


Alright, so now let’s talk about about this recipe. Honestly, this is a recipe that can (and should) be made all year-round, but it tends to make me think of the holidays, since that’s when my mom first started making them.


Growing up, my mom was (and still is) quite the baker. I really doubt that there was ever a treat that came out of her kitchen that I didn’t like (unless it was the banana cake or brownies with walnuts – no nuts in my baked goods, thank you very much!).

As I grew older, I began to spend more and more time watching her, in awe of the goodies she was capable of making. Eventually, I started joining her, and come Christmas time, the two of us bake up one heck of a spread.

It usually started in November, with a couple batches here or there, which got packaged up, labeled, and placed in the spare basement freezer (man, I really wish I had one of those in my own house). Then come mid-December, cookie trays and gift boxes were strategically arranged and delivered everywhere- Dad brought one to work, Mom brought one to work, and I’d make trays for my friends, family, co-workers, and any holiday parties I may be attending.


Well believe it or not, this recipe I’m about to share with you was completely forgotten about last year, and I have no idea how we let that happen. I love this recipe not only because it’s easy (hello, one pan!) but it is completely and utterly, melt-in-your-mouth delicious. This recipe comes courtesy of my mom, and I really have no idea where she got it from because it was written on one of her old recipe cards that I photocopied as soon as I moved out (there was no way I was leaving that behind!).



Usually, we like to cut the squares tiny enough (about 1-inch) so you get more bang for your buck. If you want to dress them up even more for a cookie tray or a gift, you can put each pre-cut square in a mini-muffin cup to make it extra decorative or festive.


I had been craving these decadent little treats for a while now, and then I finally realized that I had two awesome reasons for why I should make them- 1) because sharing them in this post is for a good cause, and 2) because I love sharing my favorite goodies with all of YOU!


So now, hopefully you’ve either got something new on your “must make right now” list, or your “holiday baking” list. Either way, just make sure this ends up in your oven. Winking smile


I created this post as part of Frigidaire’s Talk Turkey Campaign. Share your own recipes and tips at Frigidaire’s Make Time for Change site. For every recipe or tip that’s shared, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save The Children’s U.S. Programs, which creates lasting change for children in need.


  1. says

    These look fantastic! I’m not usually a big fruit with chocolate lover (I do LOVE fruit, and I LOVE chocolate though, just not much together), but you still made these little bars look absolutely amazing to me! They look so chewy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

  2. says

    I plan on starting this kind of tradition with my kids. I love baking and sharing my baked goods and I feel like there’s nothing better than getting a basket of home made baked goods as a gift. It’s so much more personal than just buying something at a store. Thanks for the recipe. These bad boys look to die for!
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    • Courtney says

      Hahaha, yeah aren’t they snazzy? We were actually cooking with the Nasoya products in that post which is why we’re rockin’ the awesome aprons 😉

  3. Courtney says

    I love that pic of you & your mom baking! I love to bake and will definitely be making these bars for the holidays. Oh, and don’t feel bad about talking about holidays so soon… I’ve already completed 75% of my Christmas shopping!! :-)

  4. Heather B says

    Oohhh I love raspberry and chocolate! These look so good, I’m goin to make them for my husband’s birthday coming up!! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. says

    Is there any activity more wholesome (or fun?) than mothers and daughters baking together? I love baking with my Mom, too!
    These bars look DELECTABLE. I kind of want to lick my screen. Chocolate and raspberries are a wonderful flavor pairing!
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    • Courtney says

      Well, I was chosen by Foodbuzz to participate by choosing a recipe of mine and including the info about the campaign in the add. But anyone can spread the word in the same fashion; I think the only difference was that they featured my recipe on their Family Buzz page for like, a day.

  6. Katie says

    Courtney, do you think you could leave the Raspberry out and still have a yummy bar or would they not taste quite right if you leave it out? My family isn’t big on fruity things in their bars, but these look unbelievable!!

    By the way, a huge congratulations on your sweet little bun in the oven! Couldn’t be more excited for you and Jay!! You will LOVE being a mom!!


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