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Fresh Blueberry Almond Bars


* 1/2 cup blanched almonds, toasted and ground fine
* 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
* 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp confectioners' sugar, divided
* 1 1/4 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 1/4 tsp pure almond extract
* 1 lb fresh blueberries
* 1 orange, zested


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper; or butter the pan, dust with flour, and shake out excess.
2. Toast almonds on baking sheet in 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes, shaking often, until golden brown; then put in blender or food processor and grind until fine.
3. Put flour, ground almonds, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
4. In mixing bowl put 3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp sugar and butter, and mix with beater until light and fluffy. Add almond extract and continue beating until just blended. Slowly add flour mixture, mixing with beater on medium until crumbly texture develops.
5. Remove 1 cup of crumbly dough from bowl and set aside. Press remaining dough into a crust just on the bottom of the baking pan.
6. In a bowl, toss together the blueberries, orange zest, and remaining 1 Tbsp sugar; arrange evenly over the dough in pan. Take 1 cup of crumbly dough that was set aside and sprinkle over blueberries evenly.
7. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Cut into squares when cool.


When it's blueberry picking season, I like to stock my freezer. But, before I throw them all in the freezer, I set a pound aside to make these bars.

It's true that you can use frozen blueberries to make this if necessary, but they do tend to 'weep' and get a bit watery if they are frozen first.

But, if it's a choice between frozen blueberries bars or no bars at all, I choose the frozen blueberries. These bars are delicious and taste so fresh and packed with blueberry goodness!

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