Continuing with my lemon obsession, I decided that since we had a couple cooler days this week and I didn’t mind turning on the oven, I’d make lemon bars for dessert. Instead of making my usual lemon bars though, I really wanted to incorporate pink lemonade since I prefer it over regular lemonade (for no other reason than I just love the pretty pink color, haha). I searched high and low to find out what exactly makes pink lemonade pink, but all I could come up with was food coloring. Instead of going that route, I used the juice from some of the sweet cherries I picked last week! The color may not have been as bright as it could have been had I used coloring, but I much preferred the taste and I thought the light pink color was perfectly lovely. I hope these will help cool you down after a hot day!
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp cherry or pomegranate juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, powdered sugar and salt. Stir in the melted butter, and then press the dough into a greased 8×8″ pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust turns light brown.
Reduce the heat to 300 degrees. In another medium bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, eggs, lemon juice, cherry or pomegranate juice, and lemon zest.
Pour the mixture over the crust and bake for 25-30 minutes. After removing from the oven, lightly dust the top with powdered sugar. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.