Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars and 2 Years of Blogging

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  • Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars and 2 Years of Blogging
Posted on May 6, 2015

Did you hear? Floating Kitchen turned two years old this past Sunday!

And true to form, I’m fashionably late to my own party. The struggle is real, friends.

I feel like society dictates that I should write something poetic and thoughtful here. Maybe a haiku is in order (if I could even remember what I haiku is exactly). But I suppose that’s not really my style.

Instead, I just want to say that I appreciate each and every single of one of you. Thanks for reading, sharing, laughing (you’re laughing, right?), cooking and eating along with me. It’s been a wonderfully transformative two years. And I’m looking forward to many more delicious years to come.

So to celebrate Floating Kitchen’s entry into the “terrible twos”, I’m talking about things that I love (pie!) AND even giving you a chance to win a few of my most favorite things (not pie, because that would be a shipping nightmare). Make sure to check out the details below!

Summer is creeping in and that means one important thing: fruit pies. Or if you’re kind of lazy like me, it means pie bars. And these Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars are about as uncomplicated as it gets. You just smash some dough (which I made in the food processor, BTW) into the bottom of your pan, top it with your fruit layer and then sprinkle a little more dough on top for a pseudo-crumb topping. Easy peasy. No rolling, crimping and definitely no spillage in your oven during baking (because that is THE WORST). Oh and one pan of pie bars can certainly feed a crowd. That is, of course, if you don’t cut them into gigantic squares like I did here…


Fruity, almondy, buttery and a little herby, these Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars are my new obsession. I will definitely be making them all summer long.

Now let’s talk about some of my other obsessions. See that adorable infinity scarf in the photo above? It’s like my security blanket. It goes everywhere with me. I can’t remember the last time I left the house without it. I’ve got one for you too, so we can be twins. And that spiral bound notebook? It has a permanent place on my kitchen table and it’s where I scribble all of my recipe notes and ideas. I want to send you one of those as well. And (not pictured, because who needs a picture of a gift card), how about a $50 gift card to one of my favorite stores, Williams-Sonoma? Pretty sweet.

To enter the giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter widget below (scroll down past the recipe to find it). You have until May 13, 2015 to enter. Good luck and thanks for being great! Update: This giveaway has now ended and a winner has been selected. Thank you for entering. This giveaway was sponsored by me and me alone. 



Recipe adapted from my Blackberry Squares

Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars

Yield: Makes one 9 X 13 pan

Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars


  • For the Crust and Topping Layer
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract

  • For the Blueberry Layer
  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Juice from 1 lemon


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
  2. In your food processor with the blade attachment, pulse together the flours, sugar, thyme leaves, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Add the cubed butter, egg and extracts. Pulse until the dough resembles a course meal.
  3. Press about two-thirds of the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking pan, using your hands or the back of a measuring cup to help create an even layer. Reserve the remaining dough for the topping.
  4. In a medium bowl, gently toss together all of the ingredients for the blueberry layer. Spread the mixture evenly over the bottom crust layer, keeping the blueberries in a single layer. Sprinkle the remaining dough over top of the blueberry layer.
  5. Transfer to your pre-heated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely before attempting to slice into bars.
  6. Pie bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.


1. If you don’t have almond flour, you can process almonds in your food processor until a fine meal is formed. You could also substitute the almond flour for all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour.


  • My favorite recipe from Floating Kitchen is for Gingerbread Blondies with White Chocolate.


    • Thanks, Liz! One of my favorites as well!

  • HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, Liz! Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment, and you’ve done it beautifully. I love following your blog, and I have to tell you – that scarf is darling! I can see why you love it so much. Enjoy your anniversary – you deserve it. And, these Blueberry Thyme Bars look like the perfect treat.!


    • Thanks, Kristi! So glad we’ve been able to connect through our blogs!

  • Yay! Congrats again on your 2 year bloggiversary! Can’t wait to see what this year has in store for you! And I’m loving these bars, Liz! Such a great idea to add in thyme. Sounds like the perfect breakfast or dessert!


    • Oh yeah, breakfast. You got it! It has fruit in it, so why not!

  • Happy Blogiversary! My 2 year is next Tuesday, so we’re almost twins! Can you believe how time flies?!
    Now these bars. That blueberry and thyme combo has me SWOONING! LOVE. Pinned!


    • We are totally twins! XO

  • Happy Birthday, Floating Kitchen! Thanks for inventing so many delicious ways to incorporate booze into food 🙂


    • Thanks for being great, Lilla!

  • Umm…YEAH! Congrats on the big 2, girl! These bars are such an awesome way to celebrate. Blueberry pie is my all-time FAV and I love that you put it all in a pan instead of a pie! Sooo much easier. Can’t wait to try these beauties!


    • Thanks, Sarah! I know you’ll love them!

  • Happy blog birthday! Yay for 2 years! I am so glad that I’ve had the opportunity to follow your blog. Your recipes are unique and your pictures are beautiful. My favorite recipe is your Vanilla-Pear Spiced Bourbon Lemonade Fizz, so good! But I would love to try a few of these blueberries bars too. Thanks for the giveaway! I love that scarf!


    • Thanks, Ashley! I can’t wait until we become friends “in real life” in a few weeks! 🙂

  • Love these bars! A perfect way to celebrate your blogiversary 🙂


    • Thanks, Jennifer!

  • Happy anniversary! What a delicious way to celebrate with these bars!


    • Thank you, Taylor!

  • Liz! Congrats on 2 years!!! yes, you always make me laugh but not only that. . your recipes are legit. and hello, love these Blueberry-Thyme Pie Bars!!! I love baking with fresh thyme!!! and although I haven’t tried them yet, they are on my list!!! I love your Grilled Smashed Potatoes with Hatch Green Chile Guacamole!!!! damn, can’t wait to make this!


    • Thank you for so many kind words, Alice! XO

  • Liz!!! Happy, happy blog birthday!!! What a fun milestone to celebrate (and of course I love that you celebrate in style–pie is my happy place :). I can’t wait for berry season to come into full swing here in Michigan. I’m craving summer so badly!


    • Oh yeah. We have a mutual love for our pies! Thanks, Amy!

  • Happy blogiversay! What an amazing accomplishment 🙂 I never really thought to put thyme with blueberries and I’m so intrigued I must try this recipe! But I am totally on the same page with making uncomplicated pie bars – yea I’m all about this easy pie bar recipe. Great job!


    • Thanks, Heather! I love herbs + fruit. So good!

  • Can I say my favorite recipe is this one? I’m so ready for blueberry picking season, and this is first on my list now. Happy blogiversary!


    • Yup, you can totally say that! 🙂

  • You’re two! Congratulations, girl. From your funny stories to your unique recipes, I always enjoy popping over to Floating Kitchen. Cheers to you and year number two! XO


    • I’m two! Indeed! So glad we are blogging buddies and friends in real life too! 🙂

  • Happy Blogiversary girlfriend! So happy we met on the internet and can’t wait to meet in real life (tipsy ladies for life)!! xoxo


    • I can’t wait! XO

  • A big congratulations to you and Floating Kitchen! Whoop Whoop to the terrible twos! And these bars? I can’t think of any other way to celebrate and bring on Spring!


    • Thanks, Meg. I’m hoping two won’t be too terrible! 🙂

  • Happy Anniversary, dear Liz! Since I’ve discovered your blog it has been an absolute pleasure to read all your posts on instagram and on your page here. Apart from all your delicious recipes I also adore your photos of the beach and the area where you live. You are really lucky to live in such a wonderful part of the world. And your recipes are so adorable and they give me so much inspiration. Thanks!
    Wishing you all the best for the years yet to come!


    • Oh thank you so much, Simone! I appreciate you so much!

  • Happy blogiversary! How awesome 🙂 my fav recipe of yours is blueberry blackberry herbed foccacia. Berries for the win.


    • Oh that is a good one! Berries definitely FOR THE WIN!

  • Congratulations on year 2 and Happy Blogiversary! I always love stopping by Floating Kitchen and getting a good laugh! Why waste time messing with a pie crust when you can smash all this deliciousness into some bars and move on to a celebratory cocktail! Cheers, Girl!


    • Totally glad I can make you laugh, Rachelle! Thanks for always stopping by. I appreciate you!

  • Ahhhh!! Happy anniversary!! hahah…I like your against the norm 🙂 Also, pie season is my favorite of all seasons!! Like…bring on all the berries. The lazier the better 🙂


    • Bring on the berries!

  • Whoops…shud have entered before commenting above! Also…I am partial to all your booze recipes 🙂 cant’t pick one. you can’t make me 😉


    • And bring on the booze! Ha ha!

  • Hi, congrats on 2 years if blogging. I found your site via a comment you left on Aimee’s Shugary Sweets. Love your site. Sammie x


    • Thanks, Sammie! Glad you found me! 🙂

  • Happy Blog Birthday! I would love to know – what’s one or two of the most important things you’ve learned in your 2 years of blogging? Or, big “ah-ha” moments? P.S. I need blueberries and thyme in my life, what a glorious combination!


    • Steph! I’m so glad we have become friends via our blogs. That is one of my most favorite things about blogging – connecting with so many awesome ladies! And it’s one of the most important things too. Making real, meaningful connections with other bloggers has not only helped my blog grow, but has helped me grow as a person as well.

  • Congrats! I love the idea of the thyme in these pie bars. And pie in bar form itself is totally genius 🙂


    • Thanks, Medha! I hope you try them out!

  • I don’t have a favorite, but I do love how you put flavors together that would never occur to me to do so I was just thinking that the next time I am looking for a recipe, rather than a Google search, I’ll come straight here to see what you suggest instead. And, btw, I’ve mentioned you at least twice on our radio weekly show…probably will again..I do think you’re fabulous!


    • Thank you, Sharyn! You are so sweet. I appreciate you and I’m glad we’ve gotten to connect!

  • Heeeeeyyyy! Way to go girl! You’ve come a long way baby and oh, I’m so excited to see what this year holds! I’m with ya on the ease of these bars! Love that buttery shortbread crust and you added thyme! Genius! It’s always those little extra things, Liz that make your recipes stand out (like the booze!!). Here’s to another fabulous year, clink-clink to you my dear! (thank you, too, for this generous giveaway! I’d love to be twins)!


    • Such an awesome compliment coming from you, Traci! I’m so happy we’ve become great friends! XO

  • Congrats Liz! The happiest of birthdays to Floating Kitchen!


    • Thanks, Ashley!

  • Yay! Happy Blog birthday! Congrats on two years Liz! Love these blueberry thyme bars! So creative and delicious!


    • Thank you, Kelly!

  • Just found your site. Lots of yummy stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!


    • Glad you found me, Laura!

  • CONGRATULATIONS! Two whole years! You have created such an incredible space here, and visiting Floating Kitchen is always a bright spot in my day. Your bars look fantastic! I love combining fruit and herbs. What a perfect way to celebrate!


    • Thank you, Allie! I appreciate our friendship so much! XO

  • I’m just finding your blog, it looks awesome! And these bars look amazing – I’m hoping that frozen blueberries will work as I have a bunch in my freezer and need to use them before this years are ready! Thanks for the chance to win!


    • Thank you found me, Janice! I think frozen blueberries should work fine. But I would thaw them beforehand.

  • Happy late blog anniversary! I’m also loving these pie bars – blueberry + thyme = such a great idea!


    • Thanks, Danielle! I’m so glad we have been able to connect through our blogs!

  • Happy Two Year Anniversary! *throws confetti* I never would’ve thought of thyme jiving with fruit, but you have me convinced with these bars. YUMMMMM!


    • Oh it’s really great! I love thyme with all kinds of fruity things. I hope you try it out, Erin!

  • Congrats on the blog anniversary and good luck 🙂 love this recipe, I would’ve never thought to add thyme, such a nice and unique touch!


    • Thanks, Katalina! Let me know if you try it out!

  • Congrats on the blog anniversary! I love the photos on your blog! My favorite recipe is:


    • Oh yeah, that is a good one. Wish I had one of those right now! 🙂

  • Happy 2 year anniversary!! The terrible twos – that made me chuckle 🙂 And these bars! I love fruit bars like this – and with the thyme?? Perfect!


    • Thanks, Ashley! Glad I made you laugh! 🙂

  • Happy 2 Year Anniversary. Your blog is warm and friendly just like you, I imagine. My favorite recipe are those miso mushrooms you posted yesterday. I tried them last night and ate them straight off the pan.


    • Thanks, Mary! And glad you loved the mushrooms! That’s awesome to hear!

  • Happy Blog-Birthday to you! That’s awesome, Liz…can you remember life before blogging? I’m pretty sure mine was verrry boring! These pie bars look delicious, bet that thyme adds a really nice note!


    • Ha ha! Yeah, mine was harder but in a different sort of way! Thanks, Denise. I’m so glad we are blogging friends!

  • Congrats Liz! I love your blog, even if I hadn’t had the chance to meet you and realize you’re this cool in real life too 🙂


    • That’s the best compliment ever, Amy! So glad we are blogging friends and friends “in real life” too! XO

  • Congrats on 2 years!! I’m new to your blog so I don’t have a favorite recipe yet, but these Blueberry-Thyme Bars look amazing & I will be trying them soon!!


    • Well, I’m so glad you are here Alison! I hope you love the Blueberry Pie Bars!

  • I love your Blueberry Muffins so these sound great too!


    • Thanks, Sara!!

  • I love the looks of the fig bacon jam as a gift for my dad for Father’s Day.


    • That’s a perfect gift for Dad!

  • Can’t believe it took me this long to make it official, but HAPPY TWO YEARS (and many more….) These bars are the perfect way to celebrate! And hah, NO terrible twos over here!


    • Thanks friend! Looking forward to celebrating with you in person very soon!

  • I think this blueberry thyme bar recipe looks fabulous. I’m craving these bars!!! Beautiful photos too.


    • Thank you so much, Kelli!

  • Found your blog through my friend Amanda @ Heartbeat Kitchen, and I’m glad I did! xoxo


    • So glad you found me, Crista! 🙂

  • Happy Blog Birthday, blog friend!!!!! 2 years!!! Way to go *fist bump*


    • Thanks, luv!! XO

  • I made these for dessert last night for our Sunday dinner. Other than substituting Earth balance for the butter because of a lactose intolerance in the family, I made them exactly as written. They were so delicious, and worth the tedious process of picking off the thyme leaves from the stems. The thyme was a lovely note in the final product. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.


    • Glad you enjoyed them, Vivian. That’s great to hear!

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