Blueberry Crumb Bars

Posted on June 19, 2013
Hi, Everyone! I’m sharing one of my favorite summer recipes with you today! These Blueberry Crumb Bars are one of my favorite things to bake in the summertime! The sweet, buttery, almost shortbread-like crust covered with a thick layer or tart, gooey blueberries and sprinkled with more sweet, delicious clusters of dough makes these seriously addictive! You could definitely use different berries if you prefer something other than blueberries, and the bars would still be just as delicious! I hope you love these just as much as I do!
Blueberry Crumb Bars
(Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen)
*Makes 12 bars*
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (4 oz) unsalted butter
1 egg
2 cups (1 pint) fresh blueberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tbs lemon juice
1. First, prepare your blueberry filling. In a small bowl, gently toss together the fresh blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. Set aside, and preheat your oven to 375 deg F, and grease your baking pan (I used an 8×8 inch baking pan).
2. In your electric mixer bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, butter and egg, and mix until the dough is moist but very crumbly. Divide the dough in half, and press one half into your prepared pan so you have an even layer of “crust”.
3. Next, pour the blueberry filling mixture over the dough pressed into the pan. Take the rest of the crumbly dough and sprinkle it over the blueberries. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes, or until the juices are bubbling and the dough has browned a little bit (watch the bars carefully towards the end of the baking time so they don’t brown too much and don’t dry out). Let cool completely before cutting and eating!
Happy Baking, Everyone!

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  • Brigette Olmos-Arreola June 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    yum yum yum! looks like a perfect summer recipe!

    • Maria June 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Julie June 19, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    These look good! I recently made a similar bar with oats and white chocolate. You just can’t go wrong with blueberries! Pinned. Stopping by from Mom on Time Out. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    • Maria June 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Julie!

  • Desiree Fisher June 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    They look so good I almost licked the screen, Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog.

    Desiree @ YourCraftyFriend

    • Maria June 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks, Desiree!

  • Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon June 20, 2013 at 12:46 am

    This looks so delicious.

    • Maria June 20, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • mississippi artist June 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    These look delicious. I am trying this! I may even try it with blackberries too!

    • Maria June 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you! I’m sure they would be really good with blackberries too!

  • Susan Fidler June 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    These look great! They are the perfect summer dessert! I would love it if you would share this at my linking party today!

    • Maria June 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks, Susan!

  • Allie June 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Oh my! This recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try out this recipe 🙂

    • Maria June 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks, Allie!

  • cooking with curls June 22, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Those look amazing! I need to try these…soon 🙂

    • Maria June 23, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Life With The Crust Cut Off July 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  • Marlaine October 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Have you ever tried making these with frozen berries? Wondering if this would work too…

    • Maria October 29, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Hi Marlaine! I’ve never made these with frozen berries, just with fresh ones in the summertime, but let me know if you give it a try! Hope you love these!

  • Mariel July 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    These sound so good, Maria! Pinning RIGHT NOW!

  • Rachel Weisbord October 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I made these a couple weeks ago and they were a huge hit! Any idea as to whether these can be made ahead of time and frozen?

    • Maria October 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Hi Rachel! So glad you enjoyed them! Hmm as for the freezing… I would be a little worried that the blueberries would make the bars a little soggy if they were frozen, but maybe not. Let me know if you try it!

  • dossy June 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Maria, I just discovered this recipe and made these blueberry crumb bars last night. I have to say that they are perfect! They were easy to make, have great texture, and just the right amount of sweetness. My husband is crazy about these and also send his thanks!

    • ahomemadeliving June 21, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Glad you liked these bars! They are one of my favorites too, I’ll have to experiment with using other berries over the summer! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know! Hope you have a wonderful summer!

  • chris goodman July 19, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Trying these for a BBQ today. Just wondering if the butter needs to be room temperature before mixing.

  • Lynda June 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I have a recipe similar it it calls for three cups flour which I divvy up into separate bowls…. The bottom I use 2 cups flour the egg baking powder and lemon juice…. The top I only use 1 1/2 cups of flour…. With the egg butter and lemon juice…. After my second bite…. Wow a home run! They are so good. These are still warm but nothing a scoop of ice cream wouldn’t fix!
    I am learning so much on this pin interest! Thanks.

  • Lynda June 13, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    I forgot…. The recipe I used asked for four cups of blueberries… I used six! And a slightly smaller cake pan… 11 x 9…. I love fresh blueberries… Well they were fresh when we put them in the freezer! Thanks

  • Angie July 30, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    These were delicious! I liked that they were not overly sweet and you could actually taste the blueberries.

  • Nancy September 13, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Loved the blueberry bars. Today I am making this recipe with raspberries. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Bunda Rinjani November 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Maria, I’ve made Kumquat & Berries Crumb Bars combined with Weet Bix on top using your recipe for my Brother in law’s birthday party. My beloved Hubby didn’t stop giving me compliments as “bloody good tucker” he said. He didn’t want to share even a bite to others. Typical selfish and spoil an old boy. He loved it so much. He said I’ve shouldn’t needed to go to Paris anymore to learn Patisserie, as I have found you here to help me and others (I believe). Thank you very much for sharing such a fabulous recipe. Definitely have subscribed your link. I wish you successed and look forward to viewing and practicing more recipes from you.

  • Nancy February 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    This is a wonderful and versatile recipe. I’ve made it with raspberries and blackberries and a mixture of all 3. I’ve even microplaned a bit of lemon zest into the dough. Turns out delicious every time.

  • Kathy December 21, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    I absolutely love this recipe. I find this recipe my “go to” for a quick, easy dessert. Thank you for sharing.

  • April Kollar August 18, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    These were amazing and so simple to make with my Maine blueberries!

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