Two Peas and Their Pod

Lemon Blueberry Bars

It is a hot week in Utah. I try to not turn on the oven, but I always cave in. My love for baking is far more important than the heat. I try to do my baking first thing in the morning so it isn’t too too hot. This week I made Lemon Blueberry Bars. The house might have gotten a little warm, but these bars were well worth it.

These Lemon Blueberry Bars are a spin off of my Lemon Raspberry Bars. I mixed things up a bit by adding blueberries. If I had to pick a favorite bar, I don’t think I could. I love them both. I think I love whatever bar I am eating at the time-blueberry or raspberry:)

These bars have a thick graham cracker crust and are topped with a luscious lemon blueberry filling. The filling is silky, smooth, and refreshing. The fresh, plump blueberries add a juicy pop of sweetness to the tart lemon filling. Serve the bars chilled for a cool, summery treat.

Last night, after it cooled down, I cut two lemon blueberry squares and took them out on the patio for us to enjoy. It was the perfect summer dessert. If it is hot where you are and you don’t want to turn on the oven, I understand, but trust me these Lemon Blueberry Bars are worth a little heat. And the total baking time is only 25 minutes-you can tough it out:)

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Lemon Blueberry Bars

Yield: 16 bars

Ingredients:

For the crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Zest of one lemon

For the filling:

2 large egg yolks
1 (14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk (fat free works well)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Stir until graham cracker crumbs are moist. Press crumbs firmly into prepared pan. Bake the graham cracker crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

3. To make the filling, combine the egg yolks and condensed milk in a medium bowl. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until mixture is smooth and begins to slightly thicken. Gently fold in the blueberries.

4. Pour the lemon blueberry filling evenly over the graham cracker crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.

5. Cool to room temperature, then chill in the refrigeratorfor at least one hour before serving. Cut into bars and serve.

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

If you like these Lemon Blueberry Bars, you might also like:

Lemon and Blueberry Bars with a Coconut Crust from For the Love of Cooking
Blueberry Oatmeal Crumble Bars from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen
Lemon Raspberry Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Crumb Topped Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecake Bars from Sugar Plum

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123 Responses to “Lemon Blueberry Bars”

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    Nevine @ Tableya — June 29, 2011 @ 4:25 am

    I’ve been following your blog for some time and love your recipes:)

    I just had to comment because I JUST had something very similar to this yesterday at lunch and have since been googling like crazy trying to find a recipe to duplicate it and by complete cooincidence you’ve gone and posted this today! So THANK YOU:)

    I can’t wait to make it!

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    Rosa — June 29, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    Those bars must be divine! Anything that contains, lemon, blueberries and condensed milk is fabulous.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 29, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    These look delicious, love that thick graham cracker crust!

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    Omg these sound soooooo good!

    “thick graham cracker crust and are topped with a luscious lemon blueberry filling. ”

    I love graham cracker crusts and the smoothness of the lemon + the bloobs. Nice.Work.

    YUM!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — June 29, 2011 @ 6:34 am

    These have my name all over them!

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    Blog is the New Black — June 29, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    Love the thick crust!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 29, 2011 @ 7:51 am

    yep, i just died and woke up in heaven. lemon bars are my favorite, but add some blueberries and it just doesn’t get any better!

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    kelley — June 29, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Lemon and blueberry is such a great partnership- your pics are beauty!!

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    Jennifer @ Jane Deere — June 29, 2011 @ 9:22 am

    Oh my gracious…this looks wonderful! Beautiful pics!

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — June 29, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    I have a weak spot for anything with lemon and the addition of blueberries is a wonderful idea! The pictures are so inviting – can’t wait to try them!

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    Shaina — June 29, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    These look delightful, like a bite of sunshine.

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    Amanda — June 29, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    These look amazing!! I LOVE the flavor combo… you totally kicked it up a notch too!

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    Annalise — June 29, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    These do look sublime. You may have just convinced me to turn my oven on!

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    Emily — June 29, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    I LOVE anything with lemon and blueberries are so ripe this season!!! I’ve been finding such great crates at the farmer’s market. This recipe is on my list to make! YuM!! Check out my homemade Nutella-peanut butter brownies :)

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    Those are gorgeous! I’ve been eating blueberries by the pint recently.

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    marla — June 29, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    These bars look sunny, bright and great!

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    brandi — June 29, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    lemon + blueberries is one of our favorite combos! These look perfect for the hot summer nights we’ve been having lately, too.

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    Tracey — June 29, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    I love the combination of lemon and blueberries – these look awesome Maria!

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    Urban Wife — June 29, 2011 @ 11:13 am

    I say this will be worth it! Two of my favorite flavors in one easy dessert. Sold! :)

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 29, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Lemon and blueberry is such an awesome combination! Yum! These actually reminded me that I have extra lemons in the fridge this week that should get used up. Awesome!

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    Great way to use blueberries this summer. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — June 29, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    A perfect summer dessert. A little bit of tropical sunshine.

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    Courtney — June 29, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    You’re absolutely right – definitely worth using the oven in the heat if you can cool of with these delicious bars :-)

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    I love how creamy and tart these look!

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    Amanda — June 29, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    These look perfect Maria! I am now craving one :)

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    Joanne — June 29, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    These are so so worth 25 minutes of heat. Heck, they’re worth an entire day’s worth of heat, if not more! I love the sound of that filling. I’ve done a lemon blueberry cheesecake bar before, but this filling looks like it could top those!

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — June 29, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    I am without doubt going to give these a pop sometime very soon :) they really do sound totally perfect for summer :)

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    Kim — June 29, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    These look delicious! And I have some blueberries I need to use up so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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    naomi — June 29, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Love this flavor combination. I’m w/ you heat or not baking happens-it’s much more important. :-)

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 29, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    These look wonderful, Maria! I am melting in this heat, but can’t resist baking some goodies either.

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    Jerry — June 29, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    My wife and me made lemon bars before but this right here adds a new dimension and sounds like I would love it especially when I love blueberries. Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

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    Katrina — June 29, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

    This is such a yummy idea. I love blueberries in desserts!

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    Laurie@TheBakingBookworm — June 29, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    These look and sound amazing. I’ve been on a mega fresh lemon kick so I think I can handle heating up my kitchen for half an hour for this dessert. :)

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 29, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

    looks like we’re both on a lemon blueberry kick today…agree that it’s well worth turning the oven on! These are gorgeous!

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    Trista — June 29, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    These look so delicious! I bought a ton of blueberries last week on a killer deal, but there’s no way we could eat them all before they went bad. So I froze some fresh blueberries. Would those not work in these?

    • Two Peas replied: — June 29th, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

      I haven’t tried frozen berries, but I am sure they would work just fine. Enjoy!

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    Lemon bars are so perfect for a summer dessert. Try to stay cool girl! When we bought our ID house, my husband insisted in installing central heat & air. What do you expect from a Texan though-we are just used to those blazing hot summers! I think we were the only house on the block w/ AC!

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    Georgia Pellegrini — June 29, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

    I can tell that I would love the texture in these, custardy with a burst of blueberry in each bite.

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    Carlyn — June 29, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    OMG, do you read minds? I was just thinking how delicious a lemon bar would be with the addition of blueberries and this bar sounds perfect! I also just bought some organic graham crackers that were on clearance (and rather broken, sadly) and was trying to figure out what dessert I could make with graham cracker crumbs! Blueberry and lemon is my favorite combination, hands down, so this is DEFINITELY going on my “bake VERY soon” list! THANKS!

    ps- I just looked at your raspberry bar post that you linked to; did you notice that you posted that bar recipe almost EXACTLY a year ago? June 28, 2010! What a coincidence!

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    susan — June 29, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    mmmm, Maria! Such a great combo!

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    Emily — June 29, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    Do you think these bars would freeze well? We’re leaving on a boat trip soon and I could make them ahead of time…

    • Two Peas replied: — June 29th, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

      I haven’t tried freezing them. I am not sure how the filling would do once defrosted. Hmmm. I need to try it. If you try it, let me know!

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