Fresh berries snuggled under a crumb top.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
CRUST:
FILLING:
CRUMB TOPPING:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.

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  • Start by making the crust. In a medium bowl, stir together the 2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, lemon zest and salt. Cut in the 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat egg and vanilla together; stir into the crumb mixture until a dough forms. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly.

  • Sprinkle blueberries over the crust. Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and nutmeg; sprinkle over the blueberries. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, cream together the 5 tablespoons butter and brown sugar until smooth. Mix in the flour, so that the mixture is crumbly like streusel. Sprinkle over the blueberry layer.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until browned. Cool and then dust with confectioners' sugar before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; protein 1.9g 4% DV; carbohydrates 21.6g 7% DV; fat 6.6g 10% DV; cholesterol 24.3mg 8% DV; sodium 48.9mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
Fa-reeking awesome. Tossed a little lemon juice in with the filling and made a thin lemon icing to drizzle over the bars (1 c. confectioners sugar, 1/4 c. softened butter, little salt, fresh lemon juice until it's thinned down enough). You do have to use a little muscle with the crust if you don't have a Kitchen Aid to get all the ingredients evenly mixed. This one's a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2011
The crumb topping is a very good crumble to use over fruit in coffee cakes. My family wasn't crazy about the bars though because the crust was a little denser than what we like. It was a crispier denser crust versus a lighter cake-like crust that we would have preferred. Read More
(4)
83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
Fa-reeking awesome. Tossed a little lemon juice in with the filling and made a thin lemon icing to drizzle over the bars (1 c. confectioners sugar, 1/4 c. softened butter, little salt, fresh lemon juice until it's thinned down enough). You do have to use a little muscle with the crust if you don't have a Kitchen Aid to get all the ingredients evenly mixed. This one's a keeper. Read More
(39)
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2002
This is a good blueberry recipe. It took abit in making the crust when forming the dough you will have to use your hands to combine the ingredients. A utencil will not work. Very good taste I would make these for a holiday. The two textures compliment each other. Read More
(26)
Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2008
The Zing of lemon cookie nicely offsets the blueberry filling. Not overly sweet but very delicious. As previous posters have mentioned the cookie base can be difficult to work with but I recommend saving the lemon juice from the zested lemon and add as needed if the mix is too dry. Holiday Update I won the cookie contest at work with a modified version of this recipe using fresh cranberries and orange zest. Double the sugar you add to the berries since cranberries are so tart. Also added extra juice from the orange and orange extract to the cookie base Read More
(22)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2011
These bars are very tasty! The only thing I did differently was add the juice from half of a lemon along with a 1 tsp of cornstarch to filling. I used my hands to mix up the course crumbs before forming it into an 8x8 pan. The crust was done in 10 minutes at 400 degrees. I added the filling and baked the bars at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. The crumb topping was a nice golden brown color and evenly covered the bars. I could also see the blueberries bubbling with it's purple juices oozing out on the sides. I cooled the bars before tasting them. The lemon works beautifully with the fresh blueberries balancing out the tart with the sugar in the filling. This is not too sweet or too tart either-just right. The crumb topping has a nice sweet crunchy texture and works great with all of the blueberries. The crust is the perfect thickness just the way I like them. And I am glad I baked these in a 8x8 pan otherwise I would have ended up with thin crusts. The lemon zest adds a nice subtle lemon flavor to the crust as well. I cut these into 9 large bars and they were gone -just like that! Delicious and a great treat. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
06/26/2004
Used 1/8 tsp of nutmeg and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Should have only baked the min. amount of time. Used fresh blueberries. Added an extra 2 Tbl. flour for topping due to very high humidity day. That really helped get the correct texture. Family enjoyed it with vanilla ice cream. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2006
I found this quite easy to assemble a lot easier than making a pie IMO. I cut the recipe in half so a pint of blueberries was perfect for an 8x8 pan. Cuz I wanted to really taste the lemon I added lemon juice (along with a dusting of flour) to the berries and some more zest in the topping. Only problem is the oven temp and/or bake time -- my crust was done at 10 min at 400 so I lowered the oven temp to 350 to finish the baking and the bars were done in 15 (would have burned at 20-25 min at 400). Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2002
Yummy! I was in the mood for a pie or something blueberry - this satisfied both cravings. I used a bag of frozen blueberry instead of fresh ones. My husband and 3-year-old loved it too. We all had some for breakfast the next morning. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2011
Good with some extra lemon zest in with the berries based on reviews I also added an extra cup of (frozen) blueberries and some lemon juice to the crust. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2007
This recipe is pretty good my only suggestion is to make it in a smaller pan. I found the crust to be very thin as well as the filling otherwise it's really yummy. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2011
The crumb topping is a very good crumble to use over fruit in coffee cakes. My family wasn't crazy about the bars though because the crust was a little denser than what we like. It was a crispier denser crust versus a lighter cake-like crust that we would have preferred. Read More
(4)
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