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Blueberry Shortbread Bars Recipe
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Blueberry Shortbread Bars
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Blueberry Shortbread Bars

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"You can use any summer fruit in these bars, as long as you don't use too much and it's not too wet. I hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch square pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Place butter cubes in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Sprinkle in Chinese five-spice powder.
  3. Cut in frozen butter using a pastry cutter until the butter pieces are about the size of peas. Mix in egg yolk and continue cutting in until thoroughly combined. Drizzle in ice water and stir to combine. The dough should just come together when pinched between your fingers.
  4. Pour about 3/4 of the crumb mixture into an ungreased 9x9-inch baking dish. Press the mixture down firmly using the back of a spoon. Spread blueberries in one layer and sprinkle with remaining crumbly dough.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden and sides are crisp and browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 20, 2012

These were fast, easy, and very delicious! My family really liked them (except one daughter who doesn't like blueberries). I don't have Chinese spice so used 1/8 tsp. nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. cinnamom. Thanks, and I enjoyed the video, also.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 04, 2012

Used chinese 5 spice powder as listed in recipe, shouldn't have. Gave the shortbread an unusual taste, kind of like bad breath aftertaste.

Aug 20, 2012

As usual, Chef John delivers a great recipe. I wanted a cookie bar for my favorite mechanics at our local Midas shop who love cookies. I don't do cookies well, and usually take them scones ( the Savoy recipe here at AR). After watching John's video, I thought these were a good compromise between cookies and scones. They turned out very well. Thanks Chef John.

May 03, 2013

So yummy! Not too sweet, and so so good. My husband took 1 bite and said "ooh, this is a keeper". I didn't have Allspice, so I used 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg instead (per other reviewers). I used more berries, enough to make a full layer. I used 2 T of water, instead of 1. I used an 8x8 pan,and I baked it for 5 more minutes than called for. and it turned out great.

Sep 16, 2012

I've made this recipe a couple of times. Huge kudos each time! I doubled the recipe and used a Pyrex 11 x 15 size pan. Worked perfect. I used frozen blueberries and subsituted the chinese five spice for 1 tsp. of cinnamon.

Oct 26, 2012

great recipe!!!!! I used blackberries, which are my favorite (oh why must they be cursed with so many seeds?!) I liked this recipe because of the shortbread crunch at the bottom, it really set it apart from a usual crisp. I didnt have 5 spice, so I added nutmeg and cinnamon. I also added a bit of vanilla and 1 tablespoon water to the dough. I think I freaked out on the consistency of the dough, and I thought more water was needed, but it probably wasnt. It turned out great, and once all those little butter balls melted in the oven, the crust turned into crispy, buttery goodness.

Jun 21, 2013

I have made these several times. My favorite happens to be the blueberry shortbread bars. I doubled the recipe & baked it in my Pyrex 11 X 7 X 2 inch glass baking dish. It works wonderful. I like blueberries, I used more blueberries also. Cinnamon was my choice, too. Great recipe!!

Aug 20, 2012

Love them!!! They are so easy and watch the video also!Try them....


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  • Calories
  • 167 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 163 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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