Star Spangled Blueberry Pie Bars

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It’s July!!! Does that make you sad or excited? See I am probably the minority here- but I am so thankful that summer is moving along. I’m a fall girl 100%. A pumpkin-baking, sweater-wearing, leaf crunching lover through and through. There are absolutely things I can appreciate about summer- but most of those involve me leaving New York so since this is where I’m spending it- I can’t help but be excited that we’re that much closer to September. (And that means football- I am so excited for football.)

I’m going to be with my in-laws down south for the 4th of July, but I couldn’t leave you without a cute festive treat could I? These would be so pretty with a traditional lattice top, but my handy star-cookie cutters left me inspired to make them “star-spangled.”

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A shortbread-type cooke crust serves as the base and topping, and a simple blueberry filing comes together in just a couple minutes. We brought these to a cookout over the weekend and everyone loved them as is, but I think warm with a scoop of ice cream would really up the “pie a la mode” deliciousness.

I am so looking forward to fleeing the city for a few days where I’ll have tons of hungry family members to bake for! (My sweet tooth still appears to be missing.) Hopefully when I come back I’ll have lots of fun things to share with you all- (plus a couple things I’m already planning.) I’m churning up a fresh fruity ice cream today that you can check for soon! Happy Monday!

Star Spangled Blueberry Pie Bars

Yield: 9 large bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Coarse sugar for sprinkling.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until well blended. Cover and stick in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the blueberries, lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sugar has dissolved and mixture has thickened. Allow to cool in the fridge until the dough is chilled.
  3. Roll two-thirds of the dough into an 8x8 square (Or the closest you can get- use your fingers to press the dough into the bottom of a greased 8x8 baking dish). Top with filling. Roll out remaining dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut out stars and arrange evenly over filling- re-rolling dough if needed. (The dough will be a teeny bit crumbly so be gentle with it) Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  4. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and then cut into squares.

Notes

If you decide to make a lattice top instead of stars, you may need to keep the dough very cold to make it easier to work with. Adapted loosely from: Taste of Home

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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20 Comments

  1. These are just the cutest, Audra! Blueberry pie is my favorite, I could eat it all summer long. Have a fun trip, I’m jealous you’re escaping all the rain we’ve been having :)

  2. This is so adorable!! And delicious I bet also. Love the festive nature with the stars. I’ll be headed south for 4th of July as well. Enjoy your trip!

  3. Adorable! I’m absolutely a fall-lover too and I’m so glad Chicago has been having a really mild summer. Bring on the sweaters and boots. I’m ready!

  4. Fall is my very favorite season. I love the crisp air and its fresh scent. These bars look amazing! Enjoy your time with the family.

  5. Even if we don’t celebrate 4th of July here in Italy, I definitely have to bake this pie because it’s just so cute! Oh, and you’re not the only 100% fall girl here, I can’t wait for September to start, too! If only time could pass quicker!

    xo, Elisa

  6. These are too cute! I’m so bad about making holiday themed desserts, and I always admire when people can. Especially delicious looking ones like this!

  7. These bring mince pies to my mind <3

  8. I am a fall girl all the way too. And I am missing it so hard because in SoCal there’s not really fall. Like at all. And if anyone tries to tell you otherwise, they’re lying.

    These sound awesome, and I LOVE the stars!! So festive!

  9. This is so cute! I love summer but this weather is such a bummer… hoping we get some good weather before it gets cold again!

  10. Becca from Cookie Jar Treats says:

    Oh these really are adorable! Have a Happy 4th! :)

  11. I think i”m excited it’s July…time is sure flying. These are so cute, Audra! I love all of those blueberries!

  12. These are so cute and holiday perfect! Lattice may look pretty but it is time consuming and a bit intimidating…to me, anyway. :) Shortbread with fruit sounds great!

  13. These are SUPER adorable! I’m a fall girl all the way, too. COUNTING DOWN!! But loving all the summer produce in the meantime.

  14. So pretty and I love shortbread with fruit!

  15. Baker Momma says:

    Made these today and they were amazing! So perfectly themed, really delicious. I had enough cookie dough to make about 15 extra stars, so served the bars with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a star cookie nestled in. Everyone loved it!

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