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Blueberry Pie Bars Recipe

Serving or slice of blueberry pie in a white plate with fork.

Do you love the flavor of fresh fruit pies but don’t have the time to create one the traditional way? This recipe for Blueberry Pie Bars will give you all the flavor of blueberry pie in just a few minutes of prep time. These bars are great for an afternoon snack or for dessert after dinner. 

Watermelon, blackberries, strawberries, fresh peaches, and blueberries are some of the classic fruity tastes of summertime. When the weather is warm and the days are long, this is the time to enjoy the best fruits and vegetables of the year. Even if you don’t live in a farming community, chances are high that you can find delicious fresh fruit in your local grocery stores during the summer months.

If you picked up a pint or two of fresh blueberries at the store this week and you want a wonderful recipe for the berries, this recipe for Blueberry Pie Bars is a great way to use those fruits.

Serving or slice of blueberry pie in a white plate with fork.

Blueberry Pie Bars Recipe

Are you into making pies? While pies were something that our grandmothers often prepared, many of us grew up on cakes and cookies as the sweet treats in our homes. In the past decade or so, pie's popularity has had a resurgence.
Nowadays, it isn’t unusual at all for weddings and parties to offer slices of pie rather than cake. Everybody loves pie, but making a pie takes a bit of time.  If your schedule is packed and you want to offer your family the taste of blueberry pie, you can do that by making these Blueberry Pie Bars.
These bars have a quick and easy lower crust that you can whip up in just a few minutes. There is no rolling pin involved in the making of this pie! The crust is just a crumbly mass of dough that you press into the bottom of your baking pan with your fingers.
However, for a perfect layer, you can use the bottom of a measuring cup to press it into place. Then, you add the blueberry pie filling. Half of the pie crust mixture is used as a topping for the pie and it bakes up brown and crispy.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 18

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Baking Pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Bowl
  • stirrer
  • Electric Mixer
  • Knife

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for the Dough:

  • cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • The zest of a lemon
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter (one stick) softened at room temperature
  • 1 piece egg

Ingredients for the Filling

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • ¼  cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (you can substitute 2 tablespoons of flour if you don’t have cornstarch)
  • tbsp lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
    The ingredients of blueberry pie bars.
  • Spray an eight or nine inch square baking pan with cooking spray and set it aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and butter. Add the lemon zest and stir again.
    A flour on a bowl with spoon.
  • Add in the butter and egg and use an electric mixer to blend this dough together. The dough will be moist but somewhat crumbly.
    A mixture of dough, butter and egg on a bowl.
  • Take half of the dough and put it into the prepared baking pan. Use your fingers or the bottom of a measuring cup to press the crumbly dough into the bottom of the pan in an even layer.
  • In another medium sized bowl, you can prepare the filling. Add the blueberries to the bowl and sprinkle them with sugar. Add the cornstarch and lemon juice and gently toss the berries to coat them in the sugar and cornstarch. Pour the pie filling mixture into the pan on top of the crust that you pressed into place, smoothing it into an even layer.
    A close-up of sweet blueberries on a bowl.
  • Take the portion of the dough that you reserved and sprinkle it over the pie filling in the pan. 
  • Slide the baking pan into the oven and bake it for 35 to 45 minutes. The filling should be hot and bubbly and the topping should be lightly browned and crispy looking. Do not overbake the bars. Light brown is the color that you want, and if you over bake them they will be too dry. 
    A close-up shot of delicious blueberry pie bars.
  • Let the bars cool completely before you cut them into squares and serve them. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a container with an airtight lid for up to a week. 
    A piece of sweet and delicious blueberry pie bars on a white plate.

Notes

So what if you do not have fresh blueberries and you still want to make this pie? Well, you have a couple of options. First, you can use canned pie filling and just dump the pie filling into the pan. You won’t have to prepare any pie filling at all, since you’ll be using premade pie filling. 
However, you can also use frozen blueberries. Keep in mind that frozen blueberries will probably have more juice than fresh ones, so you may want to double up your cornstarch to help absorb that added moisture in baking. 
If you do not care for blueberries but you enjoy other berries, you can definitely make the substitution. Raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries will taste just as good as in this recipe. In fact, if you would like to make a mixture of fresh berries, that would be delicious as well. 
Keyword blueberry pie

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