Since today’s spicy Korean rice cake dish is an item from our restaurant’s menu, I am not able to share the recipe with you (although it is darn tasty!) so I made blueberry crumb bars instead. Anything blueberry with a crumb topping is going to be good so I knew I didn’t have to worry about this recipe. The result was a buttery, moist, blueberry filled with a hint of lemon…what’s not to love?blueberry crumb barsblueberry crumb barsblueberry crumb bars

Blueberry crumb bars

Yields 12-15 bars

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine both flours with sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter, egg, vanilla and juice and zest of 1 lemon and use a pastry cutter to mix the ingredients. The mixture should resemble coarse sand. Press half of the flour mixture into the prepared pan. The dough may look crumbly but will come together once baked.
  3. Combine blueberries with 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch. Spread the blueberries over the crust in an even layer. Top with the remaining dough.
  4. Bake bars in oven for 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool completely. Cut into bars and serve.

**Helpful tips and common mistakes

These crumb bars are a cinch to make. When mixing together the sugar – butter, cut up the butter into smaller pieces to make it easier to mix with the other dry ingredients. A pastry cutter comes in handy but if you don’t own one, you can also use a food processor.

If blueberries aren’t in season, you can use frozen. The flavor will be the same; however, the color of the blueberries won’t be as bright as the fresh berries.
blueberry crumb barMake sure to cool the bars before cutting or else it will fall apart on you. These blueberry crumb bars are the perfect snack or dessert. A crumbly top, moist interior and just the perfect amount of sweetness.
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