Valentine Pink Lemonade Bars

Valentine Pink Lemonade Bar

Valentine’s Day and I didn’t always get along so well. Right now my apartment is sporting pink and red hearts in every room, but back in highschool I was totally that girl wearing black on Valentine’s Day (very original I know…)

Being engaged certainly has helped my outlook on this most romantic of holidays, but I also love Valentine’s day as a reason to show love to your family and friends.  I made these sweet-tart treats to share with my co-workers who help make every day at work fun for me.   For this time of year, I decided to make a pink lemonade version, and use a heart shape stencil to decorate. However, you can make regular yellow lemon bars by omitting the food coloring, or bars for any time of year by using a different shape stencil (or no stencil!) Let’s get started…

Pink Lemonade Bar IngredientsIngredients:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter – room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour

For the filling:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • zest of 4 to 6 lemons
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • a few drops of red food coloring (or 1/4 cup pureed raspberries)
Powdered Sugar for decorating the tops
line pan with parchment paperPreparation
  1. Line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper. Lightly coat the paper with butter (this step is critical if you want to cut nicely shaped bars!)
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F
  3. To make the crust, cream together the butter and sugar, then add flour.
  4. Press this shortbread crust into your parchment lined pan. Prick the top of the crust all over with a fork and then bake for 15 minutes until just slightly golden brown.
  5. To make the filling: Whisk together the eggs and sugar. Then add the lemon, lemon zest, flour, and enough food coloring to get a nice pink color (or the raspberry puree).
  6. *optional step* If you’re going to be using a stencil to make a shape, I would recommend getting a spoon and scooping off any little bubbles from the filling. This will help you have a nice smooth top to your bar.
  7. Pour the filling onto the pre-baked crust, and put the pan back in the 350F oven for about 30 minutes, or until everything is nice and set. Don’t let it brown!
  8. Remove from oven and let cool. Lift the bars out using the parchment paper and then use a sharp clean knife to slice them. You may need to wipe the knife after each slice.
  9. For shaped decorations, cut your shape of choice out of a piece of cardboard or cardstock. Place it on one bar and then lightly dust powdered sugar over the top using a sieve. Carefully remove the card, and the shaped design will show through!

Pink Lemon BarsLemon bars can be a little messy with all that powdered sugar, so I chose to serve these on a flattened cupcake liner.  I hope you enjoy these and that you celebrate Valentine’s day with your lover, friends, family, or even pets! Be sure to show love to all the special people in your life.

Valentine's Day Dessert

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

-Jillian Cupcake

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Comments

  1. Hi Jillian! My 7th graders fell in love with your recipe/blog and want to make it for the youngsters at our school tomorrow. Did you incorporate the raspberries in any way? Fight on!!

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