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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 graduations, Father’s Day, end of school year parties, or Memorial 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

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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

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12 Comments

  1. Omg, so need to try your recipe. And luckily right now I don’t have a sinus infection or a head cold to not allow me to smell or taste these to their fullest. Because you are right how miserable that is when all you want to do is taste something you love. And truly sorry that happened to you with these bars!

  2. These look absolutely amazing! I want them right now. However, I think I am getting sick so I probably need to hold off on trying to attempt these until I can breathe out of my nose again. 😛

  3. Hi Tamara, only me again… I’ve just made a batch! Can’t wait for them to cool down… Or rather, I didn’t wait for them to cool down and the bit I cut off for aesthetic purposes ( wonky edge) tasted good!

    xx

  4. Omg these look like magic. And I’m sad that you had a sinus infection and couldn’t even taste these when you baked for Cassidy’s family! They look fairly straightforward; I might have to attempt these myself—they really do embody summer <3

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