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Blueberry Streusel Bars on a white plate with fresh blueberry garnish

Blueberry Streusel Bars

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I’ve been making a couple of varieties of raspberry bars for years but wanted to try my hand at a blueberry treat. These Blueberry Streusel Bars were a delicious twist on my raspberry version and a big hit with my pie loving husband. They’re easy to make and addictive!

Blueberry Streusel Bars stacked on a white dessert plate

Blueberry Bar Cookies

Bill loves pie. He really loves pie. I’m a pretty big fan myself, but rolling out a double crust is a chore. And a time-consuming chore at that, with the need to chill the dough, roll it out, chill it again—with fingers crossed it doesn’t tear during the process. So in the summer, I make my fair share of pies. Peach, raspberry, and blueberry are at the top of his list in the summer.

Rhubarb is not, darn it. But I digress. About 3 pies per summer is my limit, but there are other alternatives. Crisps, cobblers, and berry squares are much less daunting ways to get the same fruit pie flavors. And it’s nice to have a happy hubby in the house. Blueberry Streusel Bars would be an easy way to pacify him!

Overhead view of a stack of Blueberry Streusel Bars on a square white plate

How to Make Blueberry Streusel Bars

These blueberry streusel bars are easy as pie! Or easier than pie, to be truthful.

  • I pressed a shortbread crust in a baking pan and pre-baked it.
  • Then warmed jam was brushed over the crust followed by the berries mixed with a bit of flour (taste your berries and add a bit of sugar if they’re more tart than sweet), then topped with the streusel.
  • Pop in the oven and you’ll have these scrumptious berry bars that were a breeze to throw together. I did not add any extra sugar and felt the filling needed some additional sweetness. Bill, the hubby, had no complaints so adjust to your palate.
  • These would also be sensational with blackberries. And if you love peaches, I have a terrific fresh peach pie bars recipe, too.
  • And if you have extra blueberries, this Blueberry Banana Bread from Two Peas & Their Pod looks scrumptious!

Blueberry Streusel Bars on a white plate with fresh blueberry garnish

 

Blueberry Streusel Bars | Shortbread crust topped with sweet, juicy blueberries and streusel

Blueberry Streusel Bars

Shortbread crust, blueberry filling topped with streusel makes the perfect summer bar cookie. Adapted from Stonewall Kitchens Favorites.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Yield 16 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces

Berry Filling:

  • ¼ cup blueberry jam
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons flour
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar, if berries aren't very sweet

Topping:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Make crust by combining ¾ cup flour, powdered sugar, salt and 6 tablespoons of butter. Cut butter into dry ingredients till the butter is the size of small peas (may use pastry blender or even food processor). Sprinkle the mixture into the bottom of an 8 x 8-inch pan. Press onto bottom of pan using your hands. Bake 10-12 minutes or till just starting to brown.
  3. Make the filling by melting the jam in a small saucepan or the microwave.
  4. Gently mix the blueberries with 1-2 tablespoons of flour (I just used 1 tablespoon with fresh berries) and a tablespoon or so of sugar if your berries are not sweet. Set aside.
  5. Make the streusel topping by mixing the remainder of the butter, flour and brown sugar using a pastry blender or food processor just till combined and crumbly.
  6. When crust is done, remove from oven and using pastry brush or back of a spoon, spread jam over the surface. Top with berries, then sprinkle with streusel topping.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes or till berries are bubbling and topping is brown. Cool completely before cutting.

Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled and baked in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Baking times remain the same.

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38 comments on “Blueberry Streusel Bars”

  1. Oh Liz, how absolutely divine! Blueberries are one of my favourites and this sounds yum!

  2. Nice treat for your husband 🙂 I wouldn’t mind it too! 😀

  3. Fantastic dessert!! I really need to buy frozen berries (no fresh ones here, just strawberry) and make this recipe
    I am soooooooooooo craving a slice right now 🙂

  4. A fantastic bar recipe, Liz. We eat lots of berries last days. This is another great one to devour some summer berries.

  5. It will be time for Jersey Blueberries in a couple weeks:@)

  6. Blueberries are the farmer’s favourite!!! Looks like a great recipe Liz.

  7. Oh man! I would eat so many of these it wouldn’t even be funny. I am obsessed with blueberries!

  8. Love this summery recipe as Bill 😉

  9. These look delicious Liz! I agree on the pie issue. We love pie but they are labor intensive! The grandkids left last night and I have a mix of leftover berries. I will try to give this a try!

  10. Lizzy I love these bars!! Look beautiful with the blueberries!!

  11. These bars are gorgeous, Liz! I feel the same way, as much as I love pie, I do love the convenience and ease of bars. Berries and streusel topping get me every time so these would not last long at our house!

  12. Bars like these are so much better than pie. I cannot wait till we can go blueberry picking. These look lovely!

  13. I grew up in a family of pie lovers, my dad especially, loves his pie. He can finish one on his own in w days. My mom made everything from scratch. I like them all—pies, crisps, cobblers, streusel bars. These Blueberry Streusel Bars look delicious and are right up my alley!

  14. Love pie, hate making it for the same reasons. This is a great work around 😉 and blueberries are an awesome choice Liz

  15. Shortbread, blueberry jam and a heavenly crumble….Does it only have to be for summertime? Do believe I’d enjoy your treat year round!

  16. I love pie, but you’re right – bars are so much easier! I’m so making these!

  17. Streusel bars are my favorite because the leftovers always become breakfast with my coffee :). These are berry bliss!

  18. These bars are fabulous! I love pie, too but don’t always have the time to do the crust and such. These would more than suffice!

  19. What a great idea! And that gorgeous streusel has me weak at the knees! YUM!

  20. These bars look so good! Love the streusel topping! 😀

  21. Mmm..it looks sooo tasty!

  22. I did not try making streusel bars before and I would love to try a reliable recipe… yours look so delicious.

  23. If there is one left I’m staking my claim early and putting on the kettle 🙂
    Amalia
    xo

  24. These bars look amazing! Kind of like the bars I buy at Starbucks way too often. Need to start making these things at home!

  25. I love fruit bars….but am just wondering about the recipe: Do you mean 2 Cups of Blueberries, rather than raspberries? Thanks for the ideas!

  26. I love fruit bars….but am just wondering about the recipe: Do you mean 2 Cups of Blueberries, rather than raspberries? Thanks for the ideas!

  27. Ooooh! Oooooooh! Oooooh! These have a shortbread crust? So I can have pie and shortbread in one bit sized morsel? Can life get anymore divine? How about topping these with cherries? I’m currently on a cherry kick and have been topping pretty much everything with cherries. Custard. ..check. Yogurt. . . check. Fish…check. These Streusel Bars. . .future check. 🙂

  28. Yep, I have one of those here as well…a pie-loving husband. He’s not much for cake or ice cream or treats like that, but a pie just wins his heart every single time. Years ago when a few of us were baking our way through Nick Malgieri’s Modern Baker, I decided I was going to learn how to perfect my pie crust making abilities (which were practically nil at the time), so I made a pie a day for a month and a tart a day for the next month (I gave a lot of pies and tarts away during that time, lol, and made lots of friends), and that did it…I can do either in my sleep these days and they are so easy and rewarding. Just doing it over and over was the trick. These bars look like a real winner to me!

  29. With blueberries so fresh in season right now, these are the perfect treat Liz! I’ll check out Yummly!

  30. Blueberry is one of my favorite berries. I love everything about these bars. Love the pictures, beautiful.

  31. Liz, my husband would be thrilled to see this for breakfast. He’s a blueberry monster and can’t stop munching them. Love it!

  32. This is the first time I have come across your recipes, but having read about these delicious bars it won’t be the last time I visit. I’ll be popping out to the shops sometime very soon to grab some blueberries. Thank you.

  33. I really love pie, too, but this bars would be a lovely substitute. And you can cut them into smaller pieces, always a good thing. 😉 This is terrific — thanks so much.

  34. Oh I love blueberries and totally agree that making pie can be a pain! These are a perfect solution!

  35. Gosh these look so good! I love the idea that they are easy to make than pie too 🙂

  36. Thanks for the info about Yummly and this recipe. Mr. Sweets love blueberry pie and this is a great alternative!

  37. I love pies too, Liz. Good to keep hubby happy…often the way to a man’s heart is through his tummy! 😉

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