Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Pie Bars

I’ve made my share of pie “cookies” – apple and cherry – so when I saw a recipe on Pinterest for Blueberry Pie Bars, I thought why not? (One of these days, I’ll get around to making an actual, regular ol’ pie. :-P)

These bars ooze blueberry flavor. The blueberry yogurt I used added an extra berry kick. The bars also hold their form well, thanks to the packed crumble crust.

Blueberry Pie Bars

The Makings:

Blueberry Pie Bars

For crust and crumble to use as topping:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

For filling:

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used a blueberry flavored yogurt)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

For blueberry layer:

  • 1 12 oz  package/2 cups blueberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (use 1/2 cup if you have tart berries)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

The Sweetness:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and then coat foil with baking spray. You’ll be able to pop out the bars in a snap this way.

Blueberry Pie Bars  Blueberry Pie Bars

2. To create crust and crumble, first melt butter and pour into a large bowl. Whisk in both sugars followed by the flour. Reserve 3/4 cup for crumble topping and use remainder to line the bottom of the pan. Mixture will be sandy. Use fingers or spatula to pack down the crust into a tightly pressed, even layer.

3. In another bowl, mix filling by stirring together egg, Greek yogurt, sugar and vanilla. Next, whisk in flour. Pour filling atop crust and distribute and smooth out mixture evenly using a spatula.

Blueberry Pie Bars

4. In a third bowl, toss together blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Pour blueberries into filling. Use spatula to spread out berries evenly.

Blueberry Pie Bars

5. Take crumble that was set aside and sprinkle clumps of it out atop blueberries and filling.

Blueberry Pie Bars

6. Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until filling is bubbling at edges and in center, and the crumble topping is golden. Allow time to cool for at least a couple hours. Carefully remove bars from pan using aluminum foil and slice them to desired size. Serve warm or cold. (I preferred mine after they’d sat in the fridge for a bit first.)

Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry Pie Bars

This recipe was first found on Averie Cooks.

More Sweetness:

Cherry Pie Cookies  Lemon Strawberry Cookies  Apple Pie Cookies

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Lemon Strawberry Cookie Cakes

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I was seeking a bright, sunny burst of sweetness in my kitchen. These Lemon Strawberry Cookie Cakes pack quite a lemony punch, but not in a super sour way, at all! They’re baked in a pan, and then cut to make single servings. I used my circle cookie cutter as a mold (and ate the scraps in the process). :) I paired my cookie cakes with a glass of sparkling water, topped with strawberry slices. If you’re still craving more lemon love, you could serve these with a glass of lemonade.

The Makings:

Lemon Strawberry Cookies

  • Flour – 2 1/4 cups
  • Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 3/4 cup
  • Butter or margarine – 1 cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Lemon zest – 3 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Diced strawberries – 3/4 cup

Optional glaze:

  • Lemon juice – 3 tablespoons
  • Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

The Sweetness:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pan with tin foil.

2. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Lemon Strawberry Cookies
3. Cream butter and sugar together in a separate bowl. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest and egg. Then mix in dry ingredients.

Lemon Strawberry Cookies

4. Fold in strawberries.

Lemon Strawberry Cookies

5. Add mixture to lined baking pan, lightly pressing dough down into bottom of pan.

Lemon Strawberry Cookies

6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

7. To create glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice. Use whisk to drizzle glaze atop cookie cakes.

Lemon Strawberry Cookies

This recipe was adapted from Bakeaholic Mama.

More Sweetness:

Strawberry Banana Bread  Lemon Cool Whip Cookies  Cranberry-Orange-Pecan Swirls