Pink Lemonade Bars

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I have an amazing, totally not good for you, really indulgent recipe today from one of the most amazing bloggers I know. Stephanie from Girl Versus Dough is a RECIPE GENIUS. I mean, not only is her site filled with incredible recipes, she’s also constantly making gorgeous and delicious recipes (like this owl bread) for Tablespoon! Not only is she mad talented  she’s so sweet. After the fire, she was one of the first people to reach out to me to make sure I was okay. So Steph, take it away!
Hi there, The Realistic Nutritionist readers! My name is Stephanie and while I normally bake, blog and babble over at Girl Versus Dough, I’m so happy and honored to be posting on Claire’s lovely site today. When I heard about the fire in her new home, I knew I had to help somehow — and a guest post is the least I could do so she and her family can focus on getting back on their feet (I also offered cookies and booze — those offers still stand, Claire! ;)).

Aaaaanyway, let’s talk about pink lemonade bars, shall we? I love these little bars — they taste just like pink lemonade, one of my favorite drinks to sip on in the summer. Equally a shortbread crust and a tart-sweet raspberry lemonade filling, I can’t get enough of them. Now I’m torn between whether I like drinking or eating pink lemonade better — which is why I usually do both simultaneously. It’s a delicious combo, let me tell you.

Of course, pink lemonade bars hardly are a new invention — just Google them and you’ll find a million different variations. But I preferred this version from the get-go because 1) the pink in the pink lemonade comes from actual fruit, not red food coloring and 2) it’s based off a Smitten Kitchen recipe, so you know it’s good. Some people prefer to make their bars with strawberries or even cherries, which is cool, too, but I love the color and sweetness that comes from a raspberry. You may disagree — but I urge you to at least try one, which will then lead to trying five more, which will lead to realizing that yes, in fact, raspberries make a dang good pink lemonade bar. That’s been my experience, anyway.

Make them for your family, make them for a friend who needs support, make them so you can eat the whole batch by yourself while watching The Bachelorette — hey, whatever works. It’s summertime; let’s make the best of it!

Pink Lemonade Bars



Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

Yields: 28 bars (or 16, depending on how you cut them)


For the crust:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

For the filling:

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-by-8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, extending up two sides (for “handles”). Lightly grease bottom and sides of pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a food processor, combine sugar, lemon zest and salt. Add butter and pulse until crumbly and well combined. Add flour and pulse until a dough forms.
  3. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until set and lightly golden on the edges. Set aside to cool while you make the filling.
  4. Puree raspberries in food processor (no need to clean) until liquid. Strain mixture to remove seeds and excess pulp. You should be left with about 1/3 cup raspberry puree.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and lemon juice. Add in about 2 tablespoons raspberry puree and the flour; stir until well combined. Pour filling onto crust and bake until set, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan before dusting with powdered sugar and cutting into bars.

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  1. Friday, June 7th, 2013
    wowsers! I could really get on top of these! Definitely making them for our next bbq! They sound SO refreshing!
  2. Posted by Tieghan on
    Friday, June 7th, 2013
    Wow! These are awesome and so cute!
  3. Posted by Lauren on
    Friday, June 7th, 2013
    This might be a dumb question...but can I just double the recipe for a 9x13 pan?
  4. Friday, June 7th, 2013
    I really like pink lemonade ... these look amazing
  5. Posted by maria cristina baiocco on
    Friday, June 7th, 2013
    hola, que exquisitez!!!!me pueden pasar la receta traducida al español por favor? gracias
  6. Posted by Laura (Tutti Dolci) on
    Friday, June 7th, 2013
    So pretty, love the raspberries!
  7. Posted by rachelle on
    Friday, June 7th, 2013
    Hi so I only use two tablespoons of the raspberry puree? not the 1/3 cup?

  8. Posted by Terri A. on
    Saturday, June 8th, 2013
    These look amazing - can't wait to try them.
  9. Saturday, June 8th, 2013
    I really love how these bars look and they seem like such a fresh treat for the summer.
  10. Posted by Vanessa on
    Sunday, June 9th, 2013
    I'm completely in love with these! They're everything one could hope for. They're sweet, pretty, refreshing, colorful, tasty..etc. I especially like how raspberries are used to achieve their pink color.
  11. Posted by Carolyn on
    Monday, June 10th, 2013
    They look awesome! And sometimes having a "not good for you" treat is a very good thing.
  12. Monday, June 10th, 2013
    How awesome are these?! Great guest post and recipe, Stephanie! I have GOT to try these cute, colorful bars!
  13. Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
    How kind of you, Stephanie. These bars look beyond amazing. They'll surely be puncturing my thoughts all day.
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    These look so summery and delicious! I must try!! Them!
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    I made this today (7/21/13) it was delicious! I'm adding this to my favorites. I changed a few things: no lemon zest in crust, used 1 rounded cup frozen mixed berries and used them all and didn't strain them, and used 1 full cup of sugar in the puree. I also didn't feel that the parchment was necessary since I served them in the dish.
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