These lovely bars are filled with blackberries* and surrounded by a delicious, slightly crunchy, entirely chewy oatmeal shortbread. The recipe came from my favorite food blog, smitten kitchen. I used blackberries instead of raspberries because they were picked about an hour before I arrived at my favorite farmstand. I'm a sucker for fresh picked berries. Next though, I've got to try them with peaches. Doesn't that just sound dreamy?
*I've been semi-obsessed with blackberries since my friend Sharif taught me that they are members of a fruit family called drupes, which essentially are a fleshy fruit with a stone hidden inside. Other drupes include cherries, mangoes, plums, nectarines, peaches, dates, and olives. Blackberries are a special kind of drupe, the berry's flesh is composed of "aggregated drupelets." Drupelets! How cute is that?