Blueberry Pie Bars How-To

It only takes a few ingredients to make these berry-rich bars.

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Summer and fresh fruit just go together. Blueberries are a tart and refreshing fruit to add your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Most importantly, blueberries are a winning addition to your summertime desserts! Using a few pantry ingredients, a time-saver from Pillsbury and some fresh blueberries, I created these Blueberry Pie Bars.

The cast of characters in this recipe include white and brown sugar, quick-cooking oats, cinnamon, cornstarch (which I forgot in the photo...oops!), lemon, Pillsbury® Refrigerated Sugar Cookie dough and, of course, blueberries.

ingredients for blueberry pie bars

First, cut off ¼ of the roll of cookie dough and set aside. Use your fingers (with a little flour coating) to press the remaining cookie dough into a greased 9-inch baking pan.

pressing crust for bars into pan

Bake the cookie crust at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until brown. Meanwhile, crumble the remaining cookie dough with the brown sugar, oats and cinnamon; set aside.

Combine the sugar, cornstarch and juice from the lemon. (I put my lemon in the microwave for just a couple of seconds and then roll it on the counter for the most juice.) Gently toss the blueberries with the sugar mixture.

combined dry ingredients, blueberries tossed into sugar mixture

When the crust is done baking, top it with the blueberries and sprinkle with the crumbly oat mixture.

baked crust topped with blueberries, sprinkled with oat mixture

Bake for 30-40 minutes until browned and bubbly. For optimal cutting, let the bars sit for at least an hour or put the pan in the fridge to cool. Some members of my family could not wait that long, so they just scooped it up, hot from the pan, and topped with ice cream. It was beyond delicious. Any way you serve it, this blueberry dessert will be a hit!

finished blueberry pie bars on square serving plate