Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
I hope you have super fun plans and that the weather is glorious for you today, and you are barbecuing outside with your family and friends, and you’re having the best time ever eating your burgers and chips, and drinking your beers and sangria on beautiful and comfortable deck chairs next to a shimmering pool.
I basically want to live vicariously through you today because it looks like we are skipping Memorial Day this year. Its been raining FOR OVER A WEEK. I can’t deal. My kids are going crazy, Im going crazy- I love my rainy days but seriously if I don’t see some sun sometime soon I might cry. Also my husband is working on Monday and the kids have no school so really, if theres no sun, there might be some tears.
Since we dont have plans this weekend, I wasn’t planning a bbq menu, but I did want to make something that was simple and fun and just a tad festive.
I thought about pie- its a very American dessert but I wanted to do something different. Im not a huge pie person and I don’t generally make my own pie crusts; just like Ina says, store-bought is fine. But If I was going to make pie, Its always blueberry.
There are two ways to go about making pies- you can either make a pre cooked filling, or you can throw your raw ingredients into the pie shell and bake directly like that. I prefer to pre-make my filling, because I find that after the pie is baked completely the filling is less runny. I do not go for leaky pies, it just doesn’t do it for me.
So I went ahead and made the blueberry filling. I first made a huge blueberry filled, star shaped pie and I was like 90% sure it wasn’t gonna stay together- do you know how hard it is to cut out a star shape that looks normal without tracing it? And then even harder to have to do it again and make sure it lines up with the other?! Needless to say it took me a couple tries, but thank goodness pie dough is forgiving because it worked! It was fun to see but I didn’t think anyone would actually make it so I tried to think of something easier and more fun, maybe something your kids could help with- and came up with these!
Star shaped pie dough cookies, stacked with blueberry filling, and topped with whipped cream.
Just roll out the pie dough, cut out star shapes with a cookie cutter, bake, and stack and you’ve got a deconstructed pie anyone can make.
In the words of Ina Garten- “How easy is that?”
Deconstructed Blueberry Pie Star Stack
- 4.5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2.5 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 small lemon zested and juiced
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 pre made frozen pie crust
- 1 egg beaten for eggwash
- Turbinado sugar for sprinkling
- Whipped cream optional
- Preheat your oven to 375°F.
- Remove the pie crust from the freezer and defrost on the counter for 15 mins.
- Meanwhile in a large pot over medium heat, add the blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Stir.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, stirrin and smashing the blueberries as you go.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the mixture has thickened.
- Add in the lemon zest, juice, and vanilla extract.
- Stir to combine and remove from heat to cool.
- Make the stars.
- Remove the pie dough from the pan gently trying to keep its shape. If it cracks, just press it back together.
- Roll out the dough on a piece of parchment paper and cut out star shapes using a cookie cutter. Repeat with the scraps.
- Place the stars on a cookie sheet, and brush each star with a little bit of egg.
- Sprinkle with the tubinado sugar and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the stars are golden brown and crispy.
- To assemble:
- Place one cookie down, top with blueberry pie filling and repeat with more stars and filling. Top the last star with whipped cream.
- You can smash the blueberries as much or as little as you want.
- The pie filling recipe will make enough for 1 regular sized pie, the stacks will be up to you depending on how much filling you use and how many cookies you use to stack.
- 1 pie dough crust will make about 18-24 pie cookies depending how thick you roll them out.