2.08.2012

Pink Lemonade Bars

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I know everyone loves lemon bars, those delicious bars of a shortbread bottom layer filled with a gooey lemon topping. I have found a recipe to amp up the lemon bar or maybe even rival it,
the pink lemonade bar!
I bit into these bars and all I said was wow, there was just something about these bars that make me want to eat a whole pan to myself but I won't... unless these bars have negative calories in that case I will. 
Drop everything you have planned tonight and make these bars because you will thank me later. Or maybe if you aren't interested, maybe the pink color alone will convince you to make these for Valentine's Day.
 
On to the recipe!
First, gather together your ingredients.You need 9 tablespoons of butter softened,  1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, 1 3/4 cup white granulated sugar, 3 egg whites, 1 egg, 2/3 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed is better trust me), 2 tablespoons lemon zest, 1-2 cups raspberries (defrosted), 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar.



Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a square pan, line it with parchment paper, if not butter the bottom and side of your pan. In your mixing bowl, combine the 9 tablespoons of butter, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup of flour. I liked to cream my butter first then add in the sugar and flour.











Mix until all the ingredients are completely incorporated. Then take the dough out and press it in the bottom of your pan. 





 




Bake this in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a sun-kissed tan color, or oven-kissed I guess would be appropriate.
 
Clean out your mixing bowl because you will it again for the lemon filling. In your mixing bowl, add the egg whites and egg, the rest of the sugar, the remaining amount of flour, the lemon juice, lemon zest. 







 





 
Mix all these ingredients together and then in a sieve over the bowl, add the raspberry juice. Press the raspberries down to extract all the juice completely. 





 





 
Then mix these ingredients together. 





 





Pour the filling over the cooled bottom layer and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, make sure the filling is set when you take it out. 





 
Cool down the bars and sprinkle powdered sugar over the top layer, then cut into squares, serve, eat and enjoy!







64 comments:

Amanda said...

Omg meg!!! These look amazing!! I'm bookmarking them right now!!!
Happy Wednesday!!
Xoxo

Tonia L said...

Oh my! Those look so delicious! I just used some lemon scented lotion...but it doesn't quite compare...LOL!

Jamie said...

Those look so amazing!!! I have to make them this weekend for Valentine's day, they'r just SO pretty! We are going to need to get together and have a baking date very soon! Have a beautiful day friend!

My Life as A Plate said...

YUMM! Thanks for sharing I cannot wait to make these.

Michelle P said...

Yum looks good!

J and A said...

So good! These look amazing and so pretty!

Susan said...

Yum!!! I seriously would love to make these! and what an amazing summer treat they're going to make as well! I could do pink lemonade all year round :)

Stephanie said...

They were so good!!!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Megan Gillesby @ something beautiful said...

those look super yummy! I will for sure be making them :) hope you have a good day!

with love,
meg

Christina {Carolina Charm} said...

They turned out so pretty!!!!

Jenny in Ohio said...

I have to admit, the pink color of these kind of freak me out! haha...it seems so unnatural, but of course it is! I bet they are yummy- I love normal lemon bars, so I am sure these are awesome.

BeckyJo606 said...

I am soooo glad you posted this recipe! I cannot wait to make them--we are huge pink lemonade fans! :)

Faith said...

yummy! that looks so delish! and pretty!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

These looks so pretty!! What a great treat for Valentine's Day Meg!

Amira said...

Not only do they look delicious, they look so pretty I wouldn't want to eat them :-) Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Umm, these look amazing! I'm definitely trying these!

Lindsay said...

yumm!!! i have seen these on pinterest and have been dying to make them! now i really am going to have to make these beauties!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

these not only look delicious, they are adorable as well. Love the pink! Perfect for V-day:)

Amanda said...

Wow! Those look beautiful! I may just have to make these on my day off tomorrow!!

marie said...

I am a big fan of lemon bars and these look great too, perfect for a girl baby shower or bridal shower.

Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

Lemon bars are my favorite dessert ever! These look like a winner too..thanks for sharing! I found your blog through my friend Sam (petitefemmejolie) and am your newest follower. (i always feel like that sounds cheesy but i hate commented on peoples' blogs when they have no clue who or how or why)

Jenna said...

These fascinate me! They're so pretty, and I'm sure taste just as good as they look. I will definitely be printing this out and adding it to my recipe book. Thanks, Meg!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Lemon bars are my favorite but never even thought of pink lemonade ones! Makes me miss summer:(

Katie {katie lately} said...

Youre making my mouth water, MEG! dang juice cleanse.. haha.I am definitely making these next week :)

Mandy@OrangeAutumn said...

Those look INCREDIBLE!! I love lemon bars. I have a feeling that these will be my new favorites!

Laura said...

Mmm tart and delish, these are seriously so pretty!!!

Kira said...

Meg, those look so pretty and I bet they are really delicious!

Holly said...

Mmmm these look SOO good Meg!!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

O my goodness, these look SO good! What do you do with all these treats?? If I make them, I eat them all ;)

Jenna@The Life of the Wife said...

Thanks for making me fat Megan! Haha Jk. No but seriously I'm gonna have to make those now. Grrr! :)

Jenna

Cara said...

Oh man, I just had a lemon bar last night and was thinking about how much I love them. Will definitely be trying these out over the weekend, yum!

Christi's Chirps said...

What a pretty dessert! I love lemon desserts! These pink lemonade bars look too amazing! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

Happy Wednesday!

Cheers,
Christi

Mel said...

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.

Kristin said...

I wish I wasn't so domestically challenged because I'd try this recipe out TODAY! They look amazing!

Olivia Kitchens said...

Oh those look amazing!

Ashley Blunt said...

Totally making these for my daughters pink lemonade birthday party! :)

Lexie Loo, Lily Boo, and Dylan Too! said...

You had me at pink lemondade! Those look so good!

Jennifer Delle Fave said...

OH pretty and pink. <3 I need one of those zester thingys!! Have a great day pretty lady!!

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

Oh my these look amazing! A perfect treat for Valentines day! Lemon bars have to be one of my favorite treats. The chef at my sorority used to make amazing lemon bars, it was hard to just eat one!

Thanks for sharing, I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Amy G. said...

YUMMM!!! I seriously wish I lived next door to you to enjoy all of your tasty creations :) Oh and then we could hang out too!

Leah said...

These look awesome!! I've been wanting to make lemon bars but I will definitely be making these instead of plain lemon bars now!

Kerri said...

OMW... those are sooo making my mouth water!! And I repinned your pin of them on pinterest. :) I must try them! Great job girly.

Faith said...

completely not related to your post {although i did comment earlier} but i had to say that i think you are so right. he loves giving gifts and he gets upset when i say that he shouldn't have bought me something, etc. i never really thought about it because he doesn't ever ask for gifts, etc. maybe that is how he shows his love. hmm, thanks for that today, it will make me respond to his gift giving a little bit differently from now on :)

sherri lynn said...

Lemon bars are SO good! I've never had pink lemonade bars but I love the pink color for valentine's day!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

Mmm, sounds delicious, and refreshing!

Stephanie said...

These look so amazingly fantastic. I'm pinning this right now! I love the pink color, too. They'd be such a great dessert for a bridal or baby shower.

Allyson said...

Oh my! These look delicious! I love lemon bars so I'm going to have to give these a try. :)

biggestlittleblog said...

Look amazing! Cannot wait to try them.

Breeanna @ a brilliant melody said...

wow, I need to make these things! Thanks for sharing!

Alexa said...

And they are purty. :) Seriously gorgeous color! Hope Sean enjoyed them!!! ;)

Natalie said...

This would be such a perfect Valentine's Day treat! They sound amazing.

Ally Garner said...

Oh I was hoping you'd post the recipe since mentioning them the other day. Thank you for sharing the recipe! I've decided to make these for our women's Bible study next week.

Elle said...

Those look like they are to die for! I'm totally going to try them this weekend!!!!

Callie Lynch said...

Hi! Love your blog and have enjoyed reading through! My weekend may include making this- it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

Bennett Love

Allison said...

Oh girl...these look amazing! Can't wait to try them myself. :) Happy Wednesday!

Ashley said...

Ok these look TOO good! Just in time for valentines day !

alicia said...

these look and sound so amazing!

Shannon said...

This sounds so yummy. Perfect for a Summer picnic. :)

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Erin said...

I am not huge on chocolate desserts, but this definitely is up my ally!

Jess said...

Yum! Raspberry AND lemon? Sounds delicious!

Kristin said...

YUM!!! SO MAKING THOSE!

Lia Joy said...

Oh my. These look delish! :)

Tabitha said...

Hi Meg! Firstly, SO excited I discovered your blog via your pinterest. Secondly, did you use salted or unsalted butter for this? I'm totally going to try it out tonight!