Strawberry Lemonade Bars

These Strawberry Lemonade Bars are summer-personified. Make them for an end of summer party, a Labor Day barbecue or year-round to remind yourself of summer

The one in which I get around to finally sharing one of my favorite recipes OF ALL TIME.

I actually have a sad story about these Strawberry Lemonade Bars, but it has a happy ending. Call them what you will: Pink Lemonade Bars, Strawberry Lemon Bars, Strawberry Lemon Squares, Strawberry Lemon Dessert. They all mean the same thing – MAGIC. My Strawberry Lemonade Bars recipe is best shared year-round, but the upcoming occasions would be end of summer cheer up parties, or Labor Day weekend barbecues. Also, totally make them in the winter to remind yourself of summer. It’s ok – we all want to do that. And that reminds me of my sad story. First, though, let’s take a nice, long look.

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

So here’s my story. It was Cassidy’s birthday and we were having all four of his parents over. I was pregnant with Des and nursing Sinus Infection #1 of a total two sinus infections, and it was the first one I’d ever had. I wanted to make a special dessert for Cassidy so I made Strawberry Lemonade Bars. They looked DIVINE. As good as the batch I made in these photos! We sat down to eat dinner and then dessert, and I realized I couldn’t smell or taste a single thing. That cursed sinus infection! So I ate them anyway and smiled sadly when everyone told me how good they were. My senses of smell and taste returned only a day or two later, but my heart was broken for these bars! Luckily, I could just make them all over again.

Strawberry Lemonade Bars:

What You Need:

For Crust:
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups flour
½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
For Filling:
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from 1.5-2 lemons)
5-6 strawberries (enough to make ¼ cup puree), cleaned and stems removed
½ cup flour
Optional- 1/8 cup powdered sugar

Strawberry Lemonade Bars Ingredients

What You Do:

1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2 – Prepare a 9×13 pan with foil

For Crust:

3 – In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter together

4 – Add flour and zest, and beat on low until combined

5 – Press dough into prepared pan

6 – Bake for 15 minutes, and leave oven on. Prepare filling while crust is baking

For Filling:

7 – In a blender or food processor, blend strawberries until liquefied

8 – In a large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, zest, juice, puree, and flour, until combined

9 – Pour filling over hot crust, and bake for 35-38 minutes, or until middle is set

10 – Cool and refrigerate for at least an hour

*Optional- Dust with powdered sugar

These Strawberry Lemonade Bars are summer-personified. Make them for an end of summer party, a Labor Day barbecue or year-round to remind yourself of summer

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

These Strawberry Lemonade Bars are summer-personified. Make them for an end of summer party, a Labor Day barbecue or year-round to remind yourself of summer

How badly do you want a Strawberry Lemonade Bar right now?

These Strawberry Lemonade Bars are summer-personified. Make them for an end of summer party, a Labor Day barbecue or year-round to remind yourself of summer

Dunkin’ Extra Extra Creamy Frozen Pineapple and Banana Smoothie

Dunkin' Donuts Extra Extra creamer is what everyone is talking about. Made with real cream, real sugar, and now in two new flavors, Vanilla Extra Extra and Caramel Extra Extra, this creamer is taking the coffee world by storm.

Extra Extra, read all about it here. My Extra Extra Creamy Frozen Pineapple and Banana Smoothies are where it’s at!

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I knew I was onto a good thing because I made up a blender full of these and every member of my family wanted one. That really doesn’t happen often. Personally, I’m a dairy-loving smoothie girl. Des loves bananas. Cassidy and Scarlet love pineapples and cold and refreshing drinks. I will tell you that these smoothies have a secret ingredient, though. I’m pretty sure the best recipes have secret ingredients. It’s really not-so-secret, though, because I’m going to tell you all about it! It’s Dunkin’ Donuts Extra Extra Creamer, which is wonderful in recipes! And you can use a variety of flavors in smoothies.

Dunkin’ Extra Extra creamer has real cream and real sugar, and helps kick any recipe up a notch. For me, it was all about that smooth creaminess. Whether it’s camp or class parties, picnics, family gatherings, girls’ nights out, or breakfast, this creamer is here to help make your recipes delicious. For us, mornings are a little rough. Sometimes more than a little. So I like to make my recipes more.. extra. More something. I basically need something that’s going to help me manage 13 animals, two kids, two careers, and a whole lot of chaotic mornings. That said, we have fun too. It’s fun chaos.

Organized chaos? Chaos with creamy smoothies?

Dunkin’ Extra Extra Creamy Frozen Pineapple and Banana Smoothies:

What You Need:

2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen for a bit
3-4 cups frozen pineapple chunks
3/4 cup of milk of any kind
3/4 cup Dunkin’ Extra Extra creamer
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

What You Do:

1 – Place all ingredients in your blender and make sure they’re broken up and not clustered together
2 – Run the blender until the smoothie is smooth – might take a few minutes
3 – If it’s too thin, add more pineapple and if it’s too thick, add more milk and creamer
4 – Serve and enjoy! This made four servings

Basically if I can elevate an already incredible recipe, that’s like elevation squared. And I’m in.

It’s so refreshing for or with breakfast, and it also makes a wonderful evening snack. And if you’re in the mood for a little get together, it’s so easy to make up to 4-6 smoothies in one sitting. A little goes a long way, and it’s so delicious. Also, Dunkin’ Donuts Extra Extra creamer also comes in Vanilla Extra Extra and Caramel Extra Extra. Both would work here too!

Dunkin' Donuts Extra Extra creamer is what everyone is talking about. Made with real cream, real sugar, and now in two new flavors, Vanilla Extra Extra and Caramel Extra Extra, this creamer is taking the coffee world by storm.

Dunkin' Donuts Extra Extra creamer is what everyone is talking about. Made with real cream, real sugar, and now in two new flavors, Vanilla Extra Extra and Caramel Extra Extra, this creamer is taking the coffee world by storm.

Do you use secret ingredients in your smoothies too?

Dunkin' Donuts Extra Extra creamer is what everyone is talking about. Made with real cream, real sugar, and now in two new flavors, Vanilla Extra Extra and Caramel Extra Extra, this creamer is taking the coffee world by storm.