Buttery crust, fresh blueberries and a hint of lemon--what's not to love?
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Blueberry Bars

Buttery crust, fresh blueberry and a hint of lemon. What’s not to love about blueberry bars?
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry bars
Servings: 12
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Judith Hannemann

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 tbs confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8 tbs cold unsalted butter cubed
  • 6 tbs berry jam any variety

Filling:

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tbs heavy cream
  • 1 tbs lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray a 13 x 9-inch pan with non-stick spray.
  • Pulse the first 3 crust ingredients in a food processor. Add the cubes of cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles wet sand. Press the crust evenly in the pan and bake for 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes then spread the jam over the top of the crust. Leave the oven on at 375.
  • Mix the blueberries, 2 tbs sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch and lemon zest in a medium bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, mix the 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, baking powder and salt, combining well. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Fold in the blueberry mixture and spread over crust. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  • Mix glaze ingredients and drizzle over cooled bars. You may need more (or less) cream to get the right consistency. Always start with the least amount; you can always add more liquid.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 335IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1.3mg