Raspberry Lemonade Bars

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4.89 from 9 votes
This raspberry lemonade bars are that perfect blend of sweet and tart that makes for a truly memorable dessert. These are made with a fresh raspberry sauce and are amazing.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
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These Raspberry Lemonade Bars are that perfect blend of sweet and tart that makes for a truly memorable dessert. They are made with a fresh raspberry sauce and are amazing.

Raspberry Lemonade Bars on a board one with whipped cream.

This raspberry lemonade bars recipe takes the traditional lemon bar to a whole new level and is perfect ending for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The combination of lemon and berries just compliment each other so well and make the perfect dessert.

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What We Love About These Raspberry Lemon Desserts

What makes this recipe great? It is a bar, and bars are just so easy. Additionally, it has the tangy lemon and sweet berry flavor that is irresistable. Also, lemons offer many health benefits, see here.

  • Quick Dessert: This dessert is quick and easy.
  • Fancy Dessert: lemon raspberry bars look like a fancy dessert but are easy.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with different berries to suit your taste.
Raspberry Lemonade Bars in closeup.

Ingredient Notes

  • Lemons: For this recipe use fresh lemons for the juice. Meyer lemons work well too.
  • Raspberries: You can use fresh or frozen raspberries, the recipe will show you how to make a raspberry sauce.
  • Ball Instant Pectin Powder: The instant pectin is used as a thicken agent for your berry sauce.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Raspberry Lemonade Bars

These are the basic steps for making Raspberry Lemonade Bars. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

STEP 1: To Make the Crust

First, preheat the oven to 350 F, then in a bowl, combine flour, butter and powdered sugar and press the dough into a 13×9 pan and bake.

STEP 2: How to Make Raspberry Sauce

Meanwhile, in a bowl, mash fruit and then add sugar and pectin to the fruit. Stir.

STEP 3: To Make the Filling

Then in a bowl whisk the eggs,add the lemon Juice, sugar, flour and baking powder. Pour over the hot crust and bake.

STEP 4: To Make the Glaze

Finally, whisk together melted butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice. Drizzle over the hot bars trying to cover the entire top. Lastly, allow bars to cool fully and serve with the Berry Sauce.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS LEMON RASPBERRY BARS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

These lemonade bars will last five to seven days in the fridge in an airtight container.

HOW TO STORE THIS RASPBERRY LEMONADE BARS RECIPE

They can be stored in an airtight container or wrapped well in plastic wrap.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS LEMON RASPBERRY BAR RECIPE

Lemon bars will store for months in the freezer in an airtight container. Similarly the berry sauce can be frozen as well. Defrost in the fridge the day before you wish to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

MAKE THIS RECIPE WITH DIFFERENT FRUIT?

Of course, this recipe uses a combination of raspberries and strawberries but you can use any berries that you like or are in season.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE LEMON JUICE FROM A BOTTLE?

Indeed you can, however it really is one of those recipes that you should use fresh if possible to produce the best raspberry lemonade bars.

RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Sure, simply adjust the quantities accordingly.

WHY ARE MY LEMON BARS SO GOOEY?

They will should be soft and somewhat gooey. To avoid them being too gooey make sure you allow them to set completely before you take them from the oven.

Raspberry Lemonade Bars in closeup.

Expert Tips for Making Lemon Bars with Berry Sauce

  • Add Powdered Sugar: Dust the bars with a little powdered sugar before serving these raspberry lemonade bars.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use a fresh raspberry preserve or jam to make the sauce.
  • Variation tip: Top with some whipped cream and fresh berries.

What to Serve with Raspberry Lemonade Bars

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Lemon Bars With Berry Sauce

Yield: 16 bars
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
This raspberry lemonade bars are that perfect blend of sweet and tart that makes for a truly memorable dessert. These are made with a fresh raspberry sauce and are amazing.
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Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

For the Berry Sauce

  • 2/3 cup strawberries, fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 2/3 cup raspberries, fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Ball Instant Pectin Powder

For the Filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice, you will need about 4 medium sized lemons total
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the Glaze

  • 2/3 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

To Make the Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, butter and powdered sugar. Use hands to knead the dough until a sticky, crumbly dough forms. Use your fingers or a fork to press the dough into a 13×9 pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown a little bit.
  • While the crust is baking make the berry sauce and squeeze the lemon juice for the filling.

To Make the Berry Sauce

  • In a medium mixing bowl, mash fruit with a fork or potato masher until it is well smashed and still moderately chunky.
  • Add sugar and pectin to the fruit. Stir for 3 minutes.
  • Refrigerate the sauce until the bars are ready to serve.

To Make the Filling

  • When the crust is done, leave the oven set to 350 F for the filling.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk the eggs until they are slightly lighter in color.
  • Add the lemon Juice, sugar, flour and baking powder. Whisk until no lumps remain. Pour over hot crust and bake for 25-30 minutes until filling is set.

To make the Glaze

  • When the bars are done baking, make the glaze. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice until no lumps remain. Drizzle over the hot bars trying to cover the entire top. Using something to spread the glaze may damage the delicate tops of the bars.
  • Allow bars to cool fully and serve with the Berry Sauce.

Expert Tips

  • Add Powdered Sugar: Dust the bars with a little powdered sugar before serving.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to use a fresh raspberry preserve or jam to make the sauce.
  • Variation tip: Top with some whipped cream and fresh berries.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 240mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon bar, Raspberry Sauce, Valentines Day

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6 thoughts on “Raspberry Lemonade Bars”

  1. 5 stars
    Super delicious and very easy to make recipe! Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic idea! Will surely have this again, highly recommended!

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  2. 5 stars
    A perfect summertime pairing! My kids and grandkids gobbled these up in nothing flat. Sweet, tangy and delicious. This recipe is a keeper!

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  3. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness. It’s like you crawled into my cravings and pulled out the perfect food. Thank you so much for sharing this and I can’t wait to make this. This looks like a dream!

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