Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Blueberry Crumb Bars

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DAY 2: Blueberry Crumb Bars

A delicious fruity bar cookie that can be made from fresh or frozen blueberries. Like blueberry pie in a streusel topped cookie bar.

RECIPE:

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Blueberry Crumb Bars
————(adapted from Cookin’ Canuck)

4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tsp cornstarch
scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar
scant 1/2 cup brown sugar
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter
1 egg
¾ cup chopped walnuts, optional

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan (or spray with baking Pamm, the kind with flour).

In a medium bowl, combine the blueberries, lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir together 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 4 tsp cornstarch; stir into blueberries. Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, combine scant 1/2 cup each of granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.  Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture is crumbly.  Whisk one egg in a small bowl and stir into the flour mixture.

Press about 2/3 of the flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Spread the blueberry mixture over the crust.  Optional: Stir chopped walnuts into remaining flour mixture. Sprinkle mixture over the blueberries.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is light brown and blueberries are bubbly.  Let the bars cool on a rack and then place in the fridge to chill. This will make the bars easier to cut and remove from the pan. Cut into squares.

Makes about 36 squares.

 

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2 responses to “Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Blueberry Crumb Bars

  1. OOO YUM!
    Come bring this to A Themed Baker’s Sunday over at Cupcake Apothecary where the theme this week is BERRIES!
    See you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/11/themed-bakers-sunday-15.html

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  2. Congrats! You were featured in this week’s Themed Baker’s Sunday! Come back for this next week’s theme: Christmas! Actually, this theme will continue until Christmas weekend! Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/12/themed-bakers-sunday-16.html

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