Blueberry Crumb Bars

I made these bars last weekend but am just getting around to posting them now.  In the time between making and posting them, I think I have seen them pop up on practically every other food blog I read!  And for good reason – these little babies are DELICIOUS!  Not only that, but they are also ridiculously easy.  I took Andrew for a visit to my dad’s work to show him off and brought these along for all the teachers and staff.  I saved a few at home for us, and quickly polished them off.  As soon as they were gone I was really, really wishing I had saved more – or maybe just made a double batch 🙂  So if you are one of the few people left who haven’t tried these yet, make them while blueberries are still cheap and in season!  You will be very glad you did.

Blueberry Crumb Bars


1 cup sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cold butter

1 egg

¼ tsp. salt

zest and juice of one lemon

4 cups fresh blueberries

½ cup sugar

4 tsp. cornstarch



Preheat the oven to 375°.  Grease a 9×13” pan.


In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup sugar, flour and baking powder.  Mix in salt and lemon zest.  Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg.  The dough will be crumbly.  Pat half of the 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.  Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Source: Smitten Kitchen

20 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to give these a try, I have drooled over them every time I see them in a blog! Yours look absolutely delicious!

  2. That is a winner – I love all things blueberries and this looks amazing and is right up my culinary alley as the zebra cake would kill me, this is so more my speed!! YUM

  3. These were so fabulous!! I wish blueberries were still in season here. But I guess I could make them with blackberries as well, right? 🙂

  4. I”ve seen these everywhere lately too….I’d have mine in a bowl with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream!

    I’ve been a lurker on your blog for months and finally commented — your baking and ice cream making always impress me. 😉 And your kiddo is cute, too!

  5. They look amazing!

  6. Oh my, those look so good!

  7. These look wonderful! I’ve wanted to make these every time I see a blog post about them! I’ve still got some blueberries in the freezer left over from when I went blueberry picking, so I might have to go ahead and make these 🙂

  8. Welcome to the Blueberry Crumb Bars club! lol These are so good it’ll be hard not to make them TOO much! Yours look great!

  9. I have been drooling over these ever since I first saw them too. I should give them a try, they look delicious!

  10. I’m laughing…you’re about the 6th person who made this recipe after Smitten Kitchen posted it (from what I’ve seen). I just posted my results a couple of days ago. It is a great recipe! Yours looks delicious as well.

  11. these look absolutely amazing – i can’t wait to make them! i don’t know how you find time either with a newborn. love the photography too!

  12. I made these and love them! Thanks so much for posting. They are fantastic.

  13. If I had not made blueberry bread yesterday I was going to make these, too. Yours look great!

  14. i just made these last night – they were a big hit! beautiful photographs…mine didn’t do them justice!

  15. These bars were incredible! They were a hit in my household and am going to give them as a housewarming present to friends tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. OMG these are AMAZING!!!

    I stumbled on your site and made the vanilla cupcakes and now these squares. I don’t know how you do it, but you made me (me! the complete kitchen idiot) cook things that the whole family freaked over!!! We all love your recipes, seriously, you rock!

  17. Annie, I just put a pan of these in the oven and can’t wait to try them! I work for Shelley and have sampled a few of your delicious goodies. You are an inspiration and a treasure! I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  18. Hi Annie-

    Would you recommend using frozen blueberries? Thanks.

  19. I tried them with frozen blueberries and they turned out great! I thought they were a little soft at first, but I’m letting them firm up in the fridge over night before I take them to a party tomorrow night!

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