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.

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Cherry Pie Cookies  Lemon Strawberry Cookies  Apple Pie Cookies

Cherry Pie Cookies

Like Father, Like Daughter: Cherry Pie Cookies

Cherry Pie Cookies

My dad was the first person to teach me how to bake. I’ve already blogged about my him as an expert pie maker and all-around awesome person a few times. On Thanksgiving, he made pumpkin pie for breakfast and proudly displays the “evil pie” print I purchased for him in our family’s living room. He also sent me a surprise package of baking supplies to celebrate Spring!

Last year, when I sent him photo evidence of my Apple Pie Cookies, he lightly scoffed at my use of canned apples. :-P At my parent’s house, we have apple trees in the backyard. One year, my dad went into uber-pie mode and made more than ten apple pies, not wanting the fruit to go to waste. After we’d had our fill, he shared some with his coworkers, our cousins and the neighbors, too. It’s no surprise that he earned a new sense of respect from those who hadn’t ever tried one of his pies before.

Apple Pie Cookies

So when my dad was in town, I was determined to have him bake with me. :) We already had an ambitious schedule of activities for my parents’ visit, so I forced him…(err, I mean asked him nicely) to retry a quick recipe. We followed my Apple Pie Cookies recipe using cherry filling, instead. Cherry pie always makes me think of my dad because (1) any pie makes me think of my dad, (2) he loves cherries and cherry-flavored foods and (3) he tells a funny story about a girl he once met named Cherry. As the story goes, he was working as a substitute teacher and saw the name “Cherry Pie” on his roll call sheet. Wanting to avoid embarrassing her, he pronounced her name “Sherry,” thinking that “Cherry Pie” was just too unlikely a name. He quickly learned he was wrong when she shot back a harsh, “It’s Ch-erry Pie” response. Ah well, he had the best of intentions! (He always, always does.)

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I’m sending out lots of love to my dad for being my mentor in so many ways.

 

Cherry Pie Cookies

The Makings:

Cherry Pie Cookies

  • Frozen pie crusts – 1 box
  • Cherry pie filling – 1 can
  • Circle cookie cutter (I used a 2.5″ cookie cutter from Sur La Table which yielded ~18 cookies.)
  • Egg – 1
  • Parchment paper
  • Flour – just enough to sprinkle on the crusts to keep them from sticking to the parchment paper

The Sweetness:

1. Sprinkle flour on 1 pie crust and roll it out on a piece of parchment paper. (I also rolled out my 2nd pie crust at the same time on a separate sheet of parchment paper, to ensure it was the same size. You’ll need it later to top your pie cookies!) 

Cherry Pie Cookies

2. Pour out pie filling on cutting board and chop it into bite-size pieces. Spread topping on crust.

Cherry Pie Cookies

3. Cut 2nd pie crust into strips and weave into a lattice pattern. 

Cherry Pie Cookies

4. Dip circle cookie cutter in egg wash and cut out pie cookies. Arrange on cookie sheet. Brush some extra egg wash on cookie tops.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and then allow time to cool. Enjoy!

Cherry Pie Cookies

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Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving this year, I also celebrated Friendsgiving. One of the best things about potlucks, (besides having another reason to try out a new recipe,) is the amount of food available to nibble on! Inevitably, people end up bringing SO MUCH YUM that there is enough to take a plate of leftovers home. Check out a sampling of this year’s spread below. (This was probably about 1/3 of the feast.)

Friendsgiving

This year for Friendsgiving, I decided to bring a bowl of spicy sweet potato fries…and apple pie cookies. As you’ll see by the ingredients list below, essentially these cookies really ARE miniature pies. Once they’ve baked, they ooze out apple-caramel goodness, and there’s a hint of extra sweetness with the cinnamon sugar coating dusted on top of the “lattice-like” crust. They’re perfect to take to a fall/winter holiday occasion, but really, I think they’d also make a fun dessert in the summer, too.

Apple Pie Cookies

The Makings:

Apple Pie Cookies

  • Frozen pie crusts – 1 box
  • Apple pie filling – 1 can
  • Caramel sauce – 1 cup
  • Circle cookie cutter (I used a 2.5″ cookie cutter from Sur La Table which yielded ~18 cookies.)
  • Cinnamon and sugar – 1 tablespoon of each
  • Egg – 1
  • Parchment paper
  • Flour – just enough to sprinkle on the crusts to keep them from sticking to the parchment paper

The Sweetness:

Apple Pie Cookies

1. Sprinkle flour on 1 pie crust and roll it out on a piece of parchment paper. (I also rolled out my 2nd pie crust at the same time on a separate sheet of parchment paper, to ensure it was the same size. You’ll need it later to top your pie cookies!) Squeeze out caramel sauce on crust, and spread with a brush, using just enough to coat crust with a thin layer. (I used a squeeze bottle of Sundae Syrup, but you can also find caramel topping in a jar.)

Apple Pie Cookies

2. Pour out pie filling on cutting board and chop it into bite-size pieces. Spread topping on crust.

3. Cut 2nd pie crust into strips and weave into a lattice pattern. (I love my little pizza cutter guy…he doubled as a pie crust cutter for this recipe!)

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

4. Dip circle cookie cutter in egg wash and cut out pie cookies. Arrange on cookie sheet. Brush some extra egg wash on cookie tops and add a dusting of cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Apple Pie Cookies

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes and then allow time to cool. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies

Recipe adapted from Oh, Bite It!

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