Blueberry Sumac Crumb Bars

Published on
September 22, 2023
Fruity, sweet, tart, and buttery - that describes these out of this world crumbs bars. These can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries, however the small wild variety from Maine are my favorite. The Sumac adds a tart lemon-y flavor, perfect for these crumb bars.
Blueberry sumac crumb bars with a jar of Sumac.
Prep Time:
20 Minutes
Cook Time:
45 Minutes
Difficulty Level:

3 sticks unsalted butter

1 cup granulated sugar, divided

3 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups cake flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups fresh blueberries

4 teaspoons cornstarch

Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)

2 teaspoons Sumac


1. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, and confectioners' sugar on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2. Beat in the egg yolks and vanilla on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined.

3. In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt. On low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until the flour mixture is totally incorporated and the dough is evenly mixed.

4. Divide the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until the dough if firm.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

6. Press one of the shortbread disks into a greased 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until the shortbread is light brown.

7. Meanwhile, in a bowl combine the blueberries, the remaining 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and Sumac. Toss to coat.

8. Remove the shortbread from the oven (leaving the oven set at 350°F), let cool for 10-15 minutes. Top the warm shortbread evenly with the blueberry mixture.

8. Remove the remaining shortbread disk from the refrigerator and using a box grater or crumble with your hands, evenly spread the shortbread dough over the blueberries.

9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. Cool completely. Serve with additional sifted confectioners sugar.

Recipe Tip:
Opt for a metal baking pan as they are great conductors of heat. This means they give off the heat it absorbs and transfers it to what you are baking.
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