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Maine Blueberry Pie with Crumb Topping

I make this delicious fruit pie with small Maine berries, but you can use any variety you like. The shortbread topping adds a sweet crunch. — Jessie Grearson, Falmouth, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust
  • 6 cups fresh or frozen wild blueberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest, optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cubed
  • 12 shortbread cookies
  • 3 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • Whipped cream


  • Preheat oven to 400°. Unroll pie crust into a 9-in. cast-iron skillet or deep-dish pie plate; flute edges.
  • In a large bowl, combine the blueberries, sugar, flour, cinnamon and, if desired, thyme and lemon zest; toss gently. Spoon into crust; dot with butter.
  • In a food processor, cover and process cookies until coarsely chopped. Add the oats, brown sugar, butter, flour, salt and cinnamon; process until crumbly. Sprinkle over berry mixture.
  • Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 45-55 minutes. Cover edges with foil during the last 15 minutes if necessary to prevent overbrowning. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, serve with whipped cream.

Test Kitchen tip
  • When wild blueberries are in season in Maine, almost every home cook, bakery and restaurant has blueberry pie on the menu. Wild blueberries are small but packed with flavor. You can usually find them frozen but if they are hard to come by, regular blueberries will also work well.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 piece: 462 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 264mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • Samuel
      Nov 27, 2020

      Born and raised in the deeeeeep sticks of Maine (Eustis). I grew up looking forward to weekends because we would hunt for the best blueberry pie all over the state. Yeah, there’s nothing to do in Eustis. Mrs Gray on the top of the hill in Stratton used to pump out pies for fun because that’s what sweet old ladies do. And she did it better than anyone. I’ve gotta say- this pie gives Mrs Gray a run for her money. Nancy- we stopped riding around on horses when we figured out something better too. Amazing recipe.

    • jksteinlage
      Aug 6, 2020

      Nancy, stop being a Debbie-downer! It doesn't matter what way it is, as long as it is good! if you have not made it, don't comment.

    • nancy
      Aug 5, 2020

      This may be the modern Maine blueberry pie but its not the old way

    • cynandtom
      May 23, 2020

      This pie is phenomenal! I used fresh blueberries and Sandies shortbread cookies! I am not a big baker, and it was so easy to put together. I loosely covered halfway through because it was starting to get brown with a lot of cooking time left. It was done in 45 minutes. A definite keeper.

    • ETCastillo
      Jul 23, 2016

      So easy but so delicious. I used vanilla wafer crust and vanilla wafers in topping.