Creamy Blueberry Lemon Bars

Creamy Blueberry Lemon Bars ~ do you feel like an easy blueberry dessert?  Or tangy lemon bars?  Why not enjoy both with this to-die-for recipe that combines a tart lemon custard with fresh juicy blueberries.

The best technique for eating fairly healthy most of the time is simply not to buy the bad stuff, right?  By the time we realize there’s nothing sweet in the house it’s too late and we’re too tired to do anything about it.  But these easy peasy blueberry lemon bars are a sly work-around for those times when we’ve been a little too virtuous for our own good.   Got some blueberries and a couple of lemons in the fridge?  A can of condensed milk and a sleeve of graham crackers in the cupboard?  You’re set!

I made these just for myself, not the blog, but the flavor turned out so creamy and inviting I figured I’d better share them with you.  The lemon is creamier than a standard lemon curd bar, but just as tangy ~ that’s because there’s a full 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice in the recipe.  The combination of tart lemon with the creamy texture is nice, and similar to the effect you get in my TANGY LIME BARS.

The blueberries pop their juice as you bite into them, which is wonderful.  And the slight vanilla cinnamon of the graham crackers works really well with the lemon.  You can enhance that effect by adding a little extra cinnamon to the crust.

Blueberry and lemon is a winning combination, I’ve used it in everything from BLUEBERRY LEMONADE, to BLUEBERRY ZUCCHINI CAKE WITH LEMON BUTTERCREAM.

TIPS for easy blueberry lemon bars:

  • Keep these bars chilled for best flavor and texture.
  • Use only fresh squeezed lemon juice, no bottles!
  • Fresh blueberries only, frozen will be too wet for this recipe.

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Yield: makes 9-12 servings

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Ingredients

    crust
  • 1 sleeve (9 full) graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    filling
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup strained fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • a drop of yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Toss the crumbs with the sugar and melted butter, making sure to get all the crumbs evenly saturated.
  3. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of a 9x9 inch square baking pan.
  4. Whisk the egg yolks well, and whisk in the condensed milk until well combined. Add the lemon juice and food coloring, if using, and mix again. Fold in the blueberries.
  5. Pour into the crust and bake for about 15-20 minutes, until just set.
  6. Let cool, then refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
  7. Serve cold with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.

Make it your own ~

  • Any cookie crumb will work for this crust.
  • Raspberries would be nice in place of the blueberries.
  • Try this with other types of citrus juice.  If the juice isn’t tart enough you can mix it with a little lemon juice.

 

 

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Blueberry Lemon Bars ~ this easy lemon bar recipe is a perfect quick spring and summer dessert ~ serve them chilled right from the fridge! #lemonbar #dessert #lemon #easydessert #blueberries #blueberrylemon #easydessert #lemonsquares #lemoncurd #blueberrydessert

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11 Comments

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    March 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I love anything blueberry lemon and these bars are such a dreamy taste of spring!

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    Adina
    March 23, 2018 at 9:17 am

    One of my favorite combinations are blueberries and lemon curd. Or raspberries and lemon curd. These bars look absolutely amazing, that creaminess… I could bake them right now, if I had either raspberries or blueberries in the house, I have to get some.

    • Reply
      Joan
      March 23, 2018 at 3:11 pm

      I love the look of these, I’ve never heard of using condensed milk in lemon bars.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 23, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Raspberries are next for me Adina!

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    Holly Galloway
    March 23, 2018 at 8:25 am

    These bars sound wonderful. One question though…is this for an 8 inch square pan?

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 23, 2018 at 8:36 am

      I use a 9×9 square, but you can use an 8 inch, too.

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    Chris Scheuer
    March 23, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I love the wonderful lemon-blueberry combination too! These bars are a little dangerous though – they look amazing but almost too easy to throw together on a whim!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    March 23, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Love lemon bars and with blueberries … even better! So pretty and Spring-y :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    March 23, 2018 at 5:01 am

    I’m a fan of anything blueberry and lemon, and lemon bars are one of my all-time favorite desserts! I’ll have to give these a try – and may share them with the family … well maybe, maybe-not :) Have a great weekend!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    March 23, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I love the flavour and the colour contrast of yellow and blue is just beautiful!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 23, 2018 at 4:20 am

    So glad you decided to share these Sue! I have always loved the combo of lemons and blueberries. Such a delicious spring dessert. And I love how easy they are!

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