A tray of cut Rhubarb Dream Bars
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Rhubarb Dream Bars

These Rhubarb Dream Bars are truly a dream!  With a shortbread cookie crust, a rhubarb custard pie-like filling and a delightful meringue top that melts in your mouth, these bars will be a new favourite!  A delicious way to use your fresh rhubarb!

I can never get enough rhubarb.  Every spring when rhubarb is abundant, I cook and bake with it much as I can, thankfully my family loves rhubarb too!  Rhubarb is great in crisp, pie, jam, cake, muffins, pudding cake, and dream bars!  Have you every had a rhubarb dream bar?  You must.  You really really must.

Rhubarb Dream Bars

These bars are definitely at the top of my family’s most favourite rhubarb recipes.  I don’t know if it’s the buttery shortbread cookie crust, or the custard like filling with tangy rhubarb, or the melt-in-your-mouth meringue top crust.  SERIOUSLY.  They really really are as delicious as they sound.

Rhubarb Dream Bars

And you will be amazed at how easy these bars are to make.  The ingredients are simple, the assembly is simple and you can have them ready and in the oven in about 15 minutes!  You’ll be left wondering how something so delicious can be so easy!

Rhubarb Dream Bars

Rhubarb Dream Bars

A perfect summer dessert that everyone will love!  Take it to potlucks and picnics or serve it for dessert at your next backyard barbecue.  You, and your dessert, will be a hit!

Rhubarb Dream Bars

Rhubarb Dream Bar Recipe Tips:

  • I use a food processor to make the crust.  It’s so easy to make a crust this way!
  • Use fresh rhubarb for this recipe…frozen rhubarb tends to be dry.
  • Make sure to wait at least an hour before you cut into squares.  It needs time to cool and set, and if it’s cut too soon, you will just end up with a syrupy mess.
  • Don’t worry about the top crust cracking when you cut into it…it’s supposed to, as it’s a meringue.  Rustic just means perfectly imperfectly delicious.  And you’ll forget about it all once you bit into a bar…trust me.
  • Store any leftovers on your counter, covered in parchment paper.  If you put them into a container, they will get very soft!  The best thing is to try to enjoy them as quickly as you can, which I promise will be an easy thing to do.

Rhubarb Dream Bars

These Rhubarb Dream Bars are truly a dream!  With a shortbread cookie crust, a rhubarb custard pie-like filling and a delightful meringue top that melts in your mouth, these bars will be a new favourite!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 75 minutes
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert



Shortbread Crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter

Rhubarb Filling/Topping:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 cups chopped fresh rhubarb


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the shortbread crust I use a food processor.  Pulse the flour, sugar and butter together until the mixture is like sand, this should only take about 30 seconds.
  3. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper, then press the crust mixture into the pan.  Don’t press it too hard.
  4. Bake the crust for 15 minutes.
  5. While the crust is baking you can make the rhubarb filling.
  6. Chop your fresh rhubarb into 1/2 inch chunks.  Set aside.
  7. Using a mixer, whip the eggs until they are smooth.
  8. Add the sugar and continue mixing until the mixture starts to become fluffy.
  9. Add the flour and salt, mix until the mixture is smooth and fluffy, almost like a meringue, but not as foamy.
  10. Stir in the chopped rhubarb.
  11. As soon as the crust is done baking, remove it from the oven and add the rhubarb mixture to the top of it.  Smooth it out.
  12. Return to the oven and continue baking for 40 – 45 minutes, or until the top of the dream bars are golden brown.
  13. Once the bars are done baking, remove them from the oven and let them rest in the pan for at least 1 hour before cutting into it.
  14. After the bars have had time to cool, cut into 16 pieces.  Enjoy!

Keywords: dream bars, rhubarb

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Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these yesterday with my daughter. Super easy and so delicious!! Will definitely make them again .

  2. Made these today; quite good, and very easy. I might add more rhubarb next time. They were very tasty, but I like that tart rhubarb flavor, and these were sweet enough to handle more rhubarb. Yummy as is, though! The meringue was a surprisingly tasty topping.

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