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Strawberry Lemon Bars

Niky @ The House on Silverado
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars
Calories 321 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the bars:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries diced

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP strawberry juice from 2 mashed berries (instructions below)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Line a 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing some to overlap the edges. This will help you lift the bars from the pan later.
  • Add butter and sugar to mixer bowl and cream until fluffy. Beat in the egg.
  • Add the lemon juice and beat until mostly incorporated.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, mixing just until flour is combined.
  • With a spatula, gently fold in the diced strawberries.
  • Spread the mixture into the baking pan. An offset spatula is helpful in getting the thick batter to spread evenly into each corner.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until lightly golden. A toothpick inserted in the center will be moist, but not wet. Be careful not to overbake or you will end up with a dry bar.
  • While the bars cool in the pan, finely chop 2 large strawberries. Using a fine mesh strainer, mash the berry pieces with the back of a spoon until you get about 1 tablespoon of strawberry juice.
  • Whisk together the sugar, strawberry juice, and lemon juice until smooth. If the glaze is too thin, add more sugar in small increments. If it's too thick, add more lemon juice.
  • Use the parchment paper to remove the slightly cooled bars to a rack. Allow bars to cool fully before spreading with glaze. Slice into bars after glaze is set.

Notes

You can adjust the color of your glaze by adding more/less strawberry juice.  For a light pink glaze, use less.  For a vibrant pink, add more strawberry juice and reduce the amount of lemon juice.  
Store these bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days.  For longer storage, refrigerate.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be viewed as an estimate. Ingredients can vary and The House on Silverado makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 321kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 106mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Dessert Bar, strawberries
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