Blueberry lemon custard bars are a perfect sweet summer treat! Fresh blueberries are layered over a sugar cookie crust and a rich and creamy custard for an amazing dessert.
Fresh Blueberry Dessert
These Blueberry Lemon Custard Dessert were inspired by one of my all-time favorite desserts, Rhubarb Custard Pie. The combination of a tart fruit with a sweet creamy custard is to die for. For this fresh blueberry dessert, we took a little bit of the sugar out of the custard to balance out the natural sweetness of blueberries.
Unlike pie, these bars are made incredibly easy with a sugar cookie crust made from a package. It might not sound fancy, but it tastes amazing and offers a great chewy contrast to the silky custard.
The Art Of Custard
For these Blueberry Custard Bars, a nice thick custard is best. If you mix the eggs and cream well, then add the other ingredients, you can’t go wrong. Make sure the sugar gets well dissolved in there too.
In this case, your custard is going to bake in the oven and become essentially the same type of custard consistency as creme brulee.
Creme brulee is a baked custard and is pretty much considered the creme de la creme of custard recipes.
What Type Of Blueberries?
You can use fresh or frozen blueberries. If you use frozen blueberries, be sure to thaw them first and pat them dry so they don’t add extra moisture to the dessert.
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
The base of the Blueberry Bars provides a firm and crunchy sweet foundation for the rest of the bar. The Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix works perfectly because it provides almost like a pie crust to the base of the bar.
You can find this mix easily on the baking aisle with all the other Betty Crocker cake and cookie mixes.
Sugar cookie mix isn’t much more than sugar, flour, butter, salt, and baking soda or powder. So in a lot of ways it actually is similar to pie crust. No surprise then why sugar cookies do so well with all kinds of toppings.
Custard and blueberries has to be one of the best ways to go in terms of toppings though…
Can I Use Fruit Besides Blueberries?
If you want to get creative with the fruit topping, then by all means, go for it! If you want you can even make two types of fruit work as well. Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries all will bake on just as wonderfully.
These Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Bars are an amazing version of this dessert as well!
There really isn’t a fruit in this world that won’t go well with custard. In fact, I am pretty sure custard was invented just to make fruit even better than it already is.
If you plan on keeping the bars, then make sure to refrigerate them in a container that has some breathing room between the top of the bar and the top of the lid. You don’t want a bunch of condensation dripping into the fruit and custard topping.
Any More Great Dessert Ideas?
If you are looking to improve your mastery of desserts, then I have some suggestions to hopefully inspire your confidence… and your appetite. Yes, custard ideas included too!
- Strawberry dark chocolate mini dessert cups
- Apple Pecan Custard
- Dulce de leche Nachos
- Sour cream raisin meringue bars
- 1 17.5 oz pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
- 1/2 c. Butter softened
- 2 T Flour
- 1 Egg
- 3 eggs beaten
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1 c. heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 c. flour
- ½ tsp. salt
- 4 c. blueberries
- 2 Tbsp. lemon zest
- Heat oven to 350°. Spray the bottom of 9x13 in pan with non stick spray.
- In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, flour and 1 egg until crumbly dough forms. Press firmly into the 9x13 pan.
- Top the crust with the blueberries.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, flour, sugar, cream, lemon zest and salt just until smooth. Pour the custard over the blueberries.
- Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes. The center will still be a little jigly, but the edges should be set. Allow to cool to room temperature before serving.
- Store refrigerated.
If you use frozen blueberries, thaw and pat them dry before adding them to the dish.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 147mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g
Provided nutrition data is only an estimate. If you are tracking these nutrients for medical purposes, please consult an outside, trusted source.