Blueberry Pie Bars

Note to self – freeze some blueberries ASAP while they’re in season and bursting with flavor. That way I can bake up some delicious blueberry treats in the dead of winter when summer feels like an eternity away.

Blueberry Pie Bars

Or just continue to use the summer’s bounty to make treats like these blueberry pie bars while summer is still here… We went to dinner at a friend’s house late last week and I was in charge of bringing dessert. Since I would have to take this treat to work, then let it sit in my car through a work happy hour, I needed something portable and sturdy. And since my work week last week was insane, I needed something easy.

Blueberry Pie Bars

I looked back through my archives and decided to do something I rarely do. I remade a recipe. *gasp* I know. Food blogger fail. But I did swap out the sour cream for greek yogurt (a substitution I always make these days), decreased the sugar a bit since I was using super ripe produce, cut the recipe in half, and increased the baking time quite a bit.

Blueberry Pie Bars

I remembered the last time I made these bars, they were a bit underbaked in the middle which is a big part of why I cut the recipe in half. That and the fact that there would only be 6 of us at dinner. The result of increasing the baking time yielded an almost caramelized crust and a more firm filling without burning. I also cut these bars fairly large this time, in to just 9 bars. Everyone enjoyed the near-pie-slice-sized pieces, which were served with some freshly whipped cream.

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Blueberry Pie Bars

All the flavor of a blueberry pie, but much more portable and easier to make

Yield: 9 large or 16 smaller bars

Ingredients:

Crust and Topping
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
pinch salt
12 Tbsp unsalted butter, chilled

Fruit Filling
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
6 Tbsp flour
pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
~3.5 cups fresh blueberries

Directions:

To make the crust and topping, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8x8 inch baking pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes, and add to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is evenly distributed but the mixture is still crumbly.

Reserve 3/4 cup of the mixture to use as the topping. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan, and bake 12-15 minutes. Cool for at least 10 minutes.

To make the filling, whisk the egg in a large bowl, then add the sugar, yogurt, flour, salt, and vanilla. Gently fold in the berries and spoon the mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining flour mixture evenly over the filling, and bake 60-75 minutes until the top is starting to brown.

Cool at least 1 hour before cutting into bars, or scoop out of the pan to serve cobbler-style.

Recipe adapted from The Pastry Queen

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12 Responses to “Blueberry White Chocolate Cookies”

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — July 26, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Those are some very lovely cookies! I want these for breakfast! They have blueberries right?

    • beantownbaker — July 26th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      I could totally justify eating them for breakfast. They have oats too!

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — July 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I love using fresh berries in cakes and breads – I don’t know why I have never tried them in a cookie! Yours look delicious, thanks for the inspiration!

    • beantownbaker — July 30th, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

      Any time! It’s rare to see fresh fruit in cookies.

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    Tammela — July 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I never would have though of putting fresh blueberries into cookies…I gravitate toward scones/muffins/cake, but these just may have convinced me to try cookies!

    • beantownbaker — July 30th, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      I know – you just never see them in cookies. Definitely give these a shot.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Oh goodness, these cookies look incredible 🙂 I love blueberries!

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    Laura — August 3, 2013 at 12:01 am

    LOVE the idea of fresh blueberries in a cookie like this. Have any tipes to keep from smashing the blueberries when adding them? 🙂 Pinning now!

    • beantownbaker — August 4th, 2013 @ 6:44 pm

      Thanks for pinning this 🙂 Just be careful when you stir the berries in. They shouldn’t smash unless you’re really heavy handed.

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    Helena — August 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Had to comment on these, I made some earlier in the week as I had some fresh blueberries to use up – they were so easy and quick to make and delicious. Definitely worth a go.

    • beantownbaker — August 16th, 2013 @ 8:19 am

      So glad you made them and enjoyed them. I love an easy cookie recipe!

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    Lynna — August 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    These cookies look fabulous! I can`t wait to get my hands on some blueberries and trying this out!

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