Blueberry Crumb Bars

This recipe for Blueberry Crumb Bars was adapted from AllRecipes.com.  Local blueberries will be in our stores in just a few weeks and the prices will be too good to pass by.  These blueberry crumb bars are really delightful served with coffee or tea or as an afternoon snack for the kids.

They are easiest to cut once they’ve been chilled, and store best in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks or 8 ounces)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, and baking powder. Mix in salt and lemon zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.
  • In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. (This took an extra 10 to 15 minutes in my oven.) Cool completely before cutting into squares.

These are easiest to cut once chilled, and store even better in the fridge than they do at room temperature–something unusual for cookies!

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