Lemon Blueberry Bars

I saw this recipe on Uni-Homaker that is originally from Two Peas & Their Pod that looked amazing. I was making a meal for some friends who are going through a difficult time right now and I wanted to make them something comforting and delicious. I made a Chicken, Mushroom, Broccoli and Rice Casserole for their dinner and I made these delicious bars for their dessert. They turned out beautifully and put a big smile on my friends’ faces.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Place the graham crackers into a large ziplock bag and seal. Smash the crackers into fine crumbs using a mallet. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest together in a bowl.  Using your fingers, mix until graham cracker crumbs are moist and well combined.  Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press the mixture firmly into the pan.  Bake the crust for 10 minutes or until set.  Remove from the oven and let it cool.  Do not turn off the oven.

Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest together in a bowl until well combined and slightly thickened. Gently fold in 1 cup of the blueberries.  Pour the lemon blueberry filling over the crust and spread it evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of blueberries over the mixture in the bare spots.

Place the pan into the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until filling is just set.  Cool to room temperature and then place it into the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.  Once chilled, cut into bars and serve. Enjoy!

Side Note: Bars will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Lemon Blueberry Bars

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Zest of 1 lemon

Filling:

2 egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Place the graham crackers into a large ziplock bag and seal. Smash the crackers into fine crumbs using a mallet. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest together in a bowl. Using your fingers, mix until graham cracker crumbs are moist and well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Do not turn off the oven.

Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, condensed milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest together in a bowl until well combined and slightly thickened. Gently fold in 1 cup of the blueberries. Pour the lemon blueberry filling over the crust and spread it evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of blueberries over the mixture in the bare spots.

Place the pan into the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until filling is just set. Cool to room temperature and then place it into the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Once chilled, cut into bars and serve. Enjoy!

Side Note: Bars will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by Uni Homemaker & Two Peas and their Pod

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26 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Bars”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 25, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    The side note says that this will last in the fridge for 3-4 days but I honestly don’t think they would last even 20 minutes at our house!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — August 25, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Loving that graham cracker crust, yum! I would eat this recipe right up!

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — August 25, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    These are fabulous! I just loved the blueberry and lemon combination in these bars. Thanks for the shout out Pam! :)

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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — August 25, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    Blueberry and lemon is one of my favourite combos. And I love these kind of soft-set bars.

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    Kris — August 25, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    I cannot WAIT to try these. I love lemon, and blueberries!!!!
    xo Kris

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    lenia — August 25, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

    I love bluberries so I bet these bars taste heavenly!

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    grace — August 26, 2013 @ 1:00 am

    i love a graham cracker crust, and the lemon-blueberry duo is a tough one to beat. these look and sound great!

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    Blond Duck — August 26, 2013 @ 3:44 am

    The ultimate summer dessert!

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    Jenn — August 26, 2013 @ 5:23 am

    I love lemon and blueberry combination. I bet the pop the fresh blueberries give is amazing!!

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    Culinary Cory — August 26, 2013 @ 5:25 am

    These bars looks great. And super easy too!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — August 26, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    Love the combination of lemon and blueberries!

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    Kim in MD — August 26, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    This looks so delicious. You can’t go wrong with blueberries and lemon!

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    Daniel — August 26, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    These look to die for, Pam. I will follow this recipe but throw some powdered sugar on and maybe a sprig of mint for presentation.

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    Lia — August 26, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Hi Pam,
    The combination is fantastic and they might taste so delicious!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    rosita — August 26, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Se ve muy rico me encanta la combinación,saludos y abrazos

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    Monet — August 26, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    What a wonderful treat to bring to your friends. I’m sure they were very blessed. These bars look heavenly. I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog (for one of Ryan’s necklaces) and I’d love for you to visit. I hope you are doing well, my friend!

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    Becki's Whole Life — August 26, 2013 @ 6:13 pm

    I love lemon and blueberries. This sounds like a great treat and relatively easy to put together which is always a plus in my book! Very nice of you to bring dinner to a friend in need – the chicken casserole sounds good, too!

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    Joanne — August 26, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

    I made these bars ages ago and they really are super!!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — August 26, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    The bars sound wonderful! Glad you were able to put a smile on your friends’ faces!

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    gloria — August 26, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    I love blueberries and these bars sounds delciious!

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    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness — August 26, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    How sweet of you to make food for your friends, I am sure you made them feel better with your delicious food. This recipe sounds fantastic. I love the lemon and blueberry combination.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — August 27, 2013 @ 3:52 am

    A quick and lovely berry dessert, Pam. I love the cracker crust!

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    Jovina Coughlin — August 27, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    This is our kind of dessert. Great combination of ingredients.

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    Kellyly — August 27, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    I tried your recipe today and it turned out great. I didn’t use any sugar for the graham crust because the crackers are already fairly sweet. I would have liked for it to be less sweet though for my palette. What do you recommend for reducing the sweetness of it? I want to make a reduced sugar version for my in-laws and our trip to the beach :) TIA

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    • Pam replied: — August 27th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      Maybe if you use unsweetened condensed milk then add just as much sugar as you want would work. Let me know how it turns out.

      Cheers,
      Pam

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    Diane — September 3, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    Pam,
    These are in my refrigerator right now. I can’t wait to have them for dessert! So easy to make and they look great!!

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