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Blueberry Lemon Bars

July 21, 2020

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Sweet blueberry lemon bars with a shortbread crust, fresh blueberries and lemons and a crumble topping. This summery dessert is best served chilled making it a perfect make ahead treat!

A square cut dessert filled with blueberries and topped with a crumb topping.

Ahhh – blueberries and lemon! It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s in blueberry lemon bread or blueberry lemon popsicles, this combination is always a winner! This time it’s featured in a dessert bar.

A glass dish filled with blueberry bars.

This dessert is composed of four different layers – shortbread crust, blueberries, lemon filling and a crumbly topping. Each bite is just perfect!

Easy to make

Full printable recipe is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Make the crust – puree flour, sugar, butter and salt together until crumbly. Place in a greased baking dish and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Make the filling – combine sweet and condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  • Make the topping – combine flour, sugar lemon zest and milk together just until crumbly
  • Assemble – Pour blueberries over hot crust. Add lemon filling. Sprinkle on crumble topping
  • Bake for 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven
  • Cool completely before slicing. Best if refrigerated for at least 2 hours before serving

Key ingredients

A complete list of ingredients and measurements is available below! Just scroll to the bottom!

  • Blueberries – I used fresh blueberries, but you could use frozen too. Just increase the baking time to one hour
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly grated lemon zest
  • One can sweet and condensed milk – makes the lemon filling so yummy
  • Egg yolks
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A square cut dessert filled with blueberries and topped with a crumb topping.

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Kathy
Fresh blueberries and lemon with a shortbread crust and a crumble topping.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 Bars
Calories 283 kcal

Ingredients
  

Crust

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (cut into small cubes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 1 can sweet and condensed milk (14 ounce can)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 cups blueberries

Topping

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Instructions
 

Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place flour, sugar, butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse 5-6 times until mixture is crumbly.
  • Place mixture in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Press flour firmly down with hands or the bottom of a flat measuring cup. The mixture will be very dry.
  • Place in preheated oven for 12 minutes.

Filling

  • Combine sweet and condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon zest and lemon juice.
  • When crust comes out of the oven, pour blueberries directly over hot crust.
  • Spoon filling mixture over blueberries. It's okay it it doesn't cover every area.

Topping

  • In another bowl, combine flour, sugar, melted butter and lemon zest. Mix with a spoon, just until the butter is mixed in and then continue mixing with your fingers. You want a crumbly mixture.
  • Sprinkle crumbles over the top of lemon filling
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 40 – 45 minutes. The topping should be browned and the mixture bubbly.
  • Allow bars to fully cool at room temperature. Then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Slice bars and serve

Notes

  • Bars are best served fully chilled
  • May cut bars into mini sized bars for a dessert buffet

Nutrition

Serving: 1BarCalories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 164mgPotassium: 143mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 436IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 1mg
Keyword blueberry bars, Blueberry Dessert, Blueberry Lemon Bars, Lemon Blueberry Bars
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Recipe inspired from Fine Cooking Magazine.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    5 stars
    I LOVE anything blueberry during the summer Kathy! And these bars look like a dessert that would disappear quickly at our house! Pinned and excited to try!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 22, 2020 at 4:53 am

    5 stars
    That lemon filling looks fantastic, Kathy! I’ve made blueberry bars before, but now I want to make a batch with that filling, too. And of course the crumbles on top are the best part! This looks like my definition of the perfect summer dessert…or breakfast. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 22, 2020 at 5:43 am

      Oh yes, totally perfect for breakfast too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply
    Valentina
    July 21, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    5 stars
    I’m loving all of your blueberry-lemon recipes. Such a winning culinary combination. Especially in baking! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 22, 2020 at 5:43 am

      I’ve been in a blueberry lemon groove!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 21, 2020 at 8:35 am

    5 stars
    What a delicious treat, Kathy! Love that buttery crumb top and, of course, the blueberry and lemon combo! Wish I could grab one to have with my coffee right now!!

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