Blueberry Pie Bars

Blueberry pie is such a classic, but I’m not much of a pie-maker.

I’m indifferent about pie crust and making a pie just to eat filling sounds like way too much work.

Blueberry Pie Bars - Super soft, easy bars with a creamy filling, streusel topping and abundance of juicy blueberries! Sooo darn good!

With pie bars, there’s no crust to roll out, no mixer or rolling pin needed, and there’s an abundance of sweet blueberry filling. Now we’re talking.

The bars have a soft yet crisp, buttery, shortbread-style crust. The crust mixture does double duty as the crumble topping. Love it when that happens so there’s one less step and one less bowl to wash.

There’s a creamy filling that tops the crust, which gives the bars a soft yet dense texture.

Blueberry Pie Bars - Super soft, easy bars with a creamy filling, streusel topping and abundance of juicy blueberries! Sooo darn good!

Blueberries top the filling layer and they soften and release their juices while baking. All those juicy berries help to create extremely moist bars.

I used frozen blueberries because they’re cheaper, readily available year round, and went straight from freezer to mixing bowl. I always bake with frozen. If you have fresh, they’d be lovely and you’ll need to reduce the baking time.

The crumbly bits on top of the bars add welcome texture and dimension to the soft filling and juicy berries. I love streusel or crumble toppings and will take crumble topping over pie crust any day.

Blueberry Pie Bars - Super soft, easy bars with a creamy filling, streusel topping and abundance of juicy blueberries! Sooo darn good!

The bars are super soft and tender in the interior while the crust is firmer. The contrast of soft and firm makes you want to keep on taking bite after bite of these blue beauties.

Between the firm crust, the soft filling, the juicy blueberries, and the sandy crumbles, the bars have so many wonderful textures and flavors in every thick bite.

Blueberry Pie Bars - Super soft, easy bars with a creamy filling, streusel topping and abundance of juicy blueberries! Sooo darn good!

They taste fancy enough to serve at a special event, luncheon, or brunch, yet are so homey and comforting.

I’ll take a pie bar over pie any day.

Blueberry Pie Bars - Super soft, easy bars with a creamy filling, streusel topping and abundance of juicy blueberries! Sooo darn good!

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Blueberry Pie Bars

The bars are easier to make than pie, with no mixer or rolling pin needed. They have a soft yet crisp, buttery, shortbread-style crust which doubles as the crumble topping. A creamy filling tops the crust, giving the bars a soft yet dense texture. Blueberries top the filling layer and they soften and release their juices while baking so the bars are extremely moist. I used frozen blueberries that I did not thaw first. If you have fresh, they’d be lovely and you’ll need to reduce the baking time. The bars are super soft and tender in the interior while the crust is firmer and the contrast will have you taking bite after bite. I’ll take a pie bar over pie any day.

Yield: one 8x8-inch pan, 9 generous pieces

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 90 minutes, for cooling

Ingredients:

Crust and Crumble Topping
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
pinch salt, optional and to taste

Filling
1 large egg
heaping 1/2 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt; or sour cream (lite is okay)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Blueberry Layer
12 ounces (2 cups) blueberries (fresh or frozen; I used frozen and didn't thaw)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (or 1/2 cup if berries are sour)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside. Lining the pan will really help with cleanup and is recommended.
  2. Crust and Crumble Topping - In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Add the sugars and whisk to combine.
  4. And the flour, optional salt, and stir to combine. Mixture will be very dry and sandy with some larger, well-formed crumble pieces.
  5. Set a heaping 3/4 cup crumble mixture aside.
  6. Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust; set aside.
  7. Filling - In a medium bowl, add the egg, Greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  8. Add the flour and whisk to combine.
  9. Evenly pour filling over the crust and jiggle pan to help distribute it or smooth it with a spatula; set aside.
  10. Blueberry Layer - In a separate medium mixing bowl, add all filling ingredients and toss to combine. If sugar hasn't dissolved fully or still has crystals, that's okay because it liquifies while baking.
  11. Evenly distribute blueberry mixture over the filling.
  12. Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 3/4 cup crust mixture. Before sprinkling, I squeeze the mixture in my palm to encourage bigger crumble pieces to form.
  13. Bake for about 60 minutes, or until edges are bubbling quite vigorously and there's some bubbling in the center. Crumble topping should appear set and very pale golden. I used frozen berries without thawing and the pan was very cold going into the oven. If using fresh berries, baking time will be reduced, but I'm not sure by how much, I'd guess at least 10-15 minutes, possibly less. Watch your bars, not the clock, when evaluating doneness. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 1 to 2 hours (overnight is even better) before slicing and serving. If you try to slice bars before they've cooled completely, they'll be extremely messy and could fall apart. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, in the fridge for up to 10 days (they're good slightly chilled if you like chilled pie), or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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137 Responses to “Blueberry Pie Bars”

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    Todd — June 18, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Averie, your site is by far the leader in the, “I want to grab this off the screen and it” category. My goodness, now this is my kinda bar!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 18th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      No way! That’s such high praise because seriously Todd, everything you make is gorgeous and so well thought out, well styled, and just gorgeous – so thank you!

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    marcie — June 18, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I do love to make pie, but it only works when there’s just a few people for dessert. When there’s a crowd, or dessert is for a barbecue or picnic, it’s all about pie bars. They’re so portable and perfect without the fuss! These look fantastic, Averie. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 18th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      portable and perfect without the fuss! = Amen to that!

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    Karen @ Lushious Eats — June 18, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Wow these blueberry pie bars look incredible! These are perfect because the serving size is smaller than a pie, so I probably wouldn’t feel as bad if I ate two…! ;)

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

    If there is anything better than blueberry pie, it is blueberry pie in bar form. These look ridiculously good!!!

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    Heather @ French Press — June 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I love pie, I could probably live on pie alone, but I cannot make a crust to save my life, this i perfect, and SO gorgeous Averie

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 18th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      Glad you can understand the crust conundrum! Pie bars save the day :)

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    Allison — June 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I can’t get enough blueberries right now! This is making my mouth water and I love that it’s in bar form! So handy and packable :)

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    Brittney — June 18, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Just found your website and it all looks soooo delicious! I will definitely be trying these!
    Brittney

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 19th, 2014 at 3:32 am

      Thanks for finding me and for wanting to try these!

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    ashley - baker by nature — June 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Averie! You never cease to AMAZE me!!! Rock on girl… and pass the pie bars please :) Pinned! xo

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 19th, 2014 at 3:32 am

      Thanks for pinning for always being so sweet! :)

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — June 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    These are gorgeous! And I love that you made homemade filling. YUM. Pinned.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 19th, 2014 at 3:31 am

      Thanks for pinning, Aimee, and the compliments :) And yes with a recipe like this, it never even crossed my mind to use canned filling but I guess you could..but that’s one thing I never buy! I don’t thinK I ever have, actually!

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    dina — June 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    it looks delicious!

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — June 18, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve died and gone to blueberry heaven! I’m totally with you on the pie boat, I could live without it but love the fillings! Off to make a Blueberry board on Pinterest ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 19th, 2014 at 3:30 am

      I love the idea of a blueberry board!

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    Jaclyn — June 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    These look totally perfect!! I love pie in bar form!

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    Meredith — June 19, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Incredibly delicious!

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    Denise @ Do you have that in my size??? — June 20, 2014 at 6:04 am

    Super-easy recipe with gorgeous results – thanks for sharing. I’ve cut them up so that they’ll serve 16, since that’s how many are on my team at work, and I can’t wait to see what they think.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 20th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Thanks for trying these just days after I posted the recipe and for the field report back! I can totally see this recipe serving 16, even though it’s a small pan, because they are rich and pretty ‘tall’ so each piece is decent sized. Please LMK what people think of them!!

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    gourmandelise — June 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Your bars look lovely!
    With blueberries it’s wonderful!!
    Me too I’ll take a pie bar over pie any day!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — June 23, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Well HELLO, good looking! Dude, blueberry pie is a summertime MUST. And these pie bars look infinitely easier than rolling out crust. Plus, more servings = happier Hayley. See how easy it is to please me?! ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 23rd, 2014 at 10:49 am

      These were one of the best desserts I’ve made all year, so so so good! :) I know you’d love these!

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    Kelly Stephens — June 23, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    These are calling my name. They would be perfect for the Fourth of July!

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    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — June 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I’m right there with you — I’ll take double the pie filling and none of the crust any day! (Well, unless it’s my grandma’s famous shortbread crust… But that’s a totally different ball game.) I’ve thought about making a crustless fruit pie before, but then I realized that’s basically a crumble minus the streusel, and streusel is way too good to pass up. So that’s what I end up making, but I love the idea of bars instead! Especially ones as juicy and sweet and perfect as yours. I’d give anything to be your taste tester right now!

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    Rebecca — June 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I just made these bars, they are soooo good! I made them for dessert for tonight and I can’t help sampling them. I better stop or there won’t be any left for tonight. Thanks for the great recipe, it was easy and delicious! Have you ever tried it with raspberries?

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    Jenny — June 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I made this today and they were amazing! Super easy to make and they came out great!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 25th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks for saying that, Jenny! Glad they were easy and you loved them!

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    Jocelyn@BruCrew Life — June 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    I’m in love with everything about these!! They are stunning, Averie!! Pinned ;)

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    Laura — June 26, 2014 at 11:48 am

    On Monday, a coworker pointed at this recipe in a Buzzfeed article and said, “Laura, that needs to happen.” I whipped up a batch last night and I am in heaven! They are to die for!

    So easy to make and super delicious. My coworkers (and I) thank you!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 26th, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Thanks for trying these and glad you’re in heaven – and how sweet of you to bake for your coworkers! Thanks for telling me they’re a hit with everyone!

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    Nicole — June 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    These came out amazing. Made them egg free for my grandma and she lives them too. The crust is so perfect. I used frozen blueberries as well, a perfect recipe for any blueberry lover.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 27th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks for trying these and glad they worked out egg-free and that you and your Grandma are both happy!

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    Krystle(Baking Beauty) — June 27, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    These look finger lickin good!
    Love the beautiful color blueberries lend to desserts too. Prettier than any artificial dye out there.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 28th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks and nature is amazing, isn’t it!

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    laura — June 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I made these tonight- thank you for the recipe! They were very good but had a strange aftertaste- I’m wondering if it was the aluminum foil? Will try it again in the next week or two, but without the foil and see if it makes a difference. Thanks!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — June 30th, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Gosh I’ve never heard of that! I always use Reynold’s and never have an issue (with this recipe or thousands of others!) Maybe try with another brand of foil. And lining your pan isn’t 100% mandatory but sure makes cleanup so much faster, but if you think that is the culprit, omit or change brands of foil! Glad you liked the bars overall though!

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      • Sarah replied: — July 6th, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Could you use parchment paper instead of foil?

        • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 6th, 2014 at 10:55 am

          You probably could, I just never can get a tight seal in the corners when I use parchment so that it stays down and stays put without ripping or tearing and have better luck with foil but do whatever you prefer!

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    Jamie Sue — July 1, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I’m fine with blueberry pie, but I enjoyed your post and I made these bars. They are delicious, and I agree that they are a great choice for a potluck. My take–very different from pie, and absolutely great. Thanks!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 2nd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the bars and thanks for letting me know you tried them!

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    Sarah — July 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I made these bars for the 4th of July and I can honestly say that they are the best tasting blueberry dessert I have ever had! And so easy to make! The only change I made was to add about 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon to the filling. I used fresh blueberries and the bars were baked in 50 minutes. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 7th, 2014 at 9:04 am

      Thanks for trying these, Sarah, and the cinnamon sounds wonderful. I almost added it to the main recipe but I know some people may not prefer it so kept it out. But I know it would taste wonderful. So glad you think this is the best blueberry dessert you’ve ever had!

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    Desiree M — July 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    These are in the oven right now! I couldn’t help but try the yogurt layer even though it had a raw egg … it was so delicious! I cannot wait for them to finish cooking! The husband is almost drooling. Thanks for an awesome recipe! Definitely bookmarked ♡

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 7th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks for trying these, Desiree, and so glad your hubby is excited, too!

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    deelightfullyveg — July 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

    How lovely the entire post looks! Beautiful!

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    Julie Blanner — July 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Your photos are great! It feels like I could literally reach into my screen and pull out a piece of pie!

    julieblanner.com

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    Meagan @ The F&B Department — July 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I have to make a batch of these ASAP because I can’t eat the lovely photographs. Seriously, these look so delicious!

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    Pepper Hutchinson — July 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I made this over the weekend and they are wonderful! My baking skills are below novice. Yet I found this recipe very easy to follow. Thank you Averie!

    It really is advisable to let them cool overnight. I tried to cut them too soon to take to a party and they were quite gooey and messy. Although, that worked out because we were able to eat them ourselves!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — July 22nd, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks for trying the recipe and glad it came out great for you!

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