Blueberry Pecan Shortbread Bars

Nutty shortbread and fresh blueberries are a delicious match in these Blueberry Pecan Shortbread Bars! - Bake or Break

When it comes to berry desserts, my thoughts usually first turn to cobblers, crisps, and the like. While those are always welcome, it’s nice to do some different things as well.

True, I usually find my way toward baking berries into bar form at least once every berry season. But these particular bars benefit from the presence of one of my favorite things – shortbread – in combination with so many fresh blueberries. Add in pecans, and these are pretty perfect!

Nutty shortbread and fresh blueberries are a delicious match in these Blueberry Pecan Shortbread Bars! - Bake or Break

It all starts with a simple, nutty shortbread. That’s topped with fresh blueberries and a sprinkling of sugar and lemon zest. Then it’s all topped off with a little bit more of the shortbread, this time in crumbled form.

There are plenty of blueberries in these bars, so there is no shortage of sweet, fruity flavor. You’ll get a pretty solid layer of blueberries running through these. And all that blueberry deliciousness works so very well with the soft, sweet, nutty shortbread. They are really just lovely.

Try substituting different nuts and berries for these bars. Or go with lime or orange zest for a simple variation.

Find more blueberry recipes in the Recipe Index!

Blueberry Pecan Shortbread Bars

Yield: 24 2-inch bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Nutty shortbread and fresh blueberries are a delicious match in these Blueberry Pecan Shortbread Bars!

Ingredients:

  • 2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • zest of half of a medium lemon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9″x 13″x 2″ baking pan.
  2. Stir together the flour, pecans, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until a dough forms.
  5. Transfer slightly more than half of the mixture to the prepared pan. Press evenly and firmly into the bottom of the pan. Top with the blueberries.
  6. Stir together the sugar and lemon zest. Sprinkle over the blueberries. Crumble the remaining shortbread mixture over the berries.
  7. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until the bars are golden brown. Cool in the pan for 2 hours before cutting into bars.

Notes:

*Toast the pecans to add even more flavor!

Recipe slightly adapted from Southern Living.