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Berry Citrus Poppy Seed Bars

Berry Citrus Poppy Seed Bars

This berry citrus poppy seed bars recipe is a refreshing way to sweeten your day. Raspberries and blueberries are scattered on a thin layer of citrus cream cheese poppy seed filling and topped with cookie crumbles.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword berry bars, lemon poppy seed bars, poppy seed bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 2 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 286 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 pack neutral plain cookies like maria cookies about 2 cups
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 1 clementine zested
  • 1/2 orange zested and juiced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen, if frozen do not thaw)
  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen, if frozen do not thaw)
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds
  • confectioner's sugar for dusting (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Take a 9-inch square springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

  3. Crumble the cookies and press them at the bottom of the pan, pressing them finely to prevent any filling from seeping out.

  4. In a small bowl mix the cream cheese, citrus zests and juices, sugar, poppy seeds and egg. Pour the cream cheese filling over the cookie layer and spread it lightly being careful not to mix the layers.

  5. Top with the berries and add extra cookie crumbles if desired.

  6. Bake for about 30 minutes until the filling has set and edges are golden.
  7. Cool the pan on the counter and in the fridge for 2 hours before cutting. Alternatively, chill them in the freezer for 30 minutes.

  8. Cut the bars into squares and dust them with confectioner’s sugar if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • These Berry Citrus Poppy Seed Bars are best served cold or even a day or two later making them the perfect bar recipe to prepare in advance!
  • This recipe works with fresh or frozen berries. If using frozen berries, do not thaw them.
  • Sprinkle some chopped nuts ( think pistachios or almonds) on top of your bars before baking to add extra crunch.
Nutrition Facts
Berry Citrus Poppy Seed Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 247mg11%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.