Friday, August 7, 2015

Blueberry Cookie Crumble Bars

Do you ever find that you've invited company over to visit . . .and then realize that 1) your schedule is soooooooooooooo busy that you don't have time to make anything not mention pick up the house and 2) your cupboards are bare?  
Well, I think most people in this situation would like get some take-out of some sort.  Not this girl though.  No, no, no . . .just not my style!  I put the teenager and hubby to work cleaning the house while I comb the cupboards for a culinary challenge of something that will be quick, easy and delicious.  The only catch:  my hubby insisted on something blueberry.  

Bam!  That's how these crazy, delicious and easy bars came about.  They are very blueberry and very sweet.  It like a cookie, a pie and crumble collided . . .with all the sugar and the easiness of a handheld bar.  I will warn you though - they are very sweet and very indulgent.  A small piece goes a long way.  The picture below doesn't show it . . .but they also pair well with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Just sayin'.  

Blueberry Cookie Crumble Bars
Serves 9-12

1 Tube Sugar Cookie Dough
1 (21 oz) Can Prepared Blueberry Pie Filling
1/3 Cup Oatmeal
1/3 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Tablespoons Butter (room temperature)

Step 1:  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray a 9x9 glass baking dish with baking spray.  Press the cookie dough into the pan to form a crust.  When pressing in the dough, go up the sides of the pan as well - about 1/2 up the pan (don't go to the top).  Place pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until starting to brown.  Remove from the oven and set aside.  Keep oven on.

Step 2:  While the crust is baking, prepare the crumble.  In a bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon and salt.  Mash together with a fork until all is incorporated.  Set aside.

Step 3:  Once the crust is out of the oven, pour the blueberry pied filling over the top of the crust.  Spread it out evenly.  Next, pour the crumble mixture over the blueberry filling.  Try to distribute evenly.  Do not "pack it down".  It's okay to be lumpy!

Step 4:  Return to the heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the blueberry is bubbling and the crumble is lightly browned.  Cool completely before serving.  

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