Raspberry Lemonade Bars

Sweet and tangy raspberry lemonade bars are are bursting with flavor.

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I’ve been craving fruit like nobody’s business lately. It happens to me about this time every year. Maybe because it’s the middle of the winter, and fruit reminds me of summer…….and since the groundhog says we have 6 more weeks of winter ahead of us, a summer filled dessert like, Raspberry Lemonade Bars is just what I needed!

They’re bright, cheery, packed with raspberries and tangy lemonade to help beat the winter blues, and the best part? There’s a little cheesecake tucked in too.

I firmly believe cheesecake makes every dessert better – am I right? 

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These Raspberry Lemonade Bars were inspired by a recipe I bookmarked a long time ago.  That recipe starts with a Pillsbury Lemonade cookie mix, that is no longer available.  So I decided to recreate it using a sugar cookie mix and pink lemonade and it worked!!  There are four parts to this bar recipe:

  • tender pink lemonade sugar cookie crust
  • raspberry filling with juicy fresh raspberries
  • cheesecake filling
  • raspberry lemonade streusel/crumb topping

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Four parts might seem like a lot, but it’s super easy and all comes together in about 15 minutes!!  I did use a bagged cookie mix to start, but you could certainly use a shortbread crust recipe if you want to make it from scratch.

The raspberry filling is simply seedless raspberry jam and fresh juicy raspberries.

The streusel topping is made from a reserve of the  lemonade cookie crust mixture with a little raspberry jam added for more flavor.  Simple……..and there’s no sweeter way to start February.

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Finding the delicious balance between sweet and tangy can be tricky when it comes to lemon desserts, but these bars nail it!

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Raspberry Lemonade Bars

Ingredients:

1 (17.5 ounce) package sugar cookie mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup pink lemonade mix, sweetened

3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon seedless red raspberry jam (separated)

1/2 cup fresh raspberries, sliced

8 ounce cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon lemon extract

2 large eggs

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 9-inch square baking pan with foil, extending foil over edge of pan. Coat with no-stick cooking spray.

Combine cookie mix, lemonade mix, and butter in large bowl with fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 3/4 cup crumbs for topping. Press remaining mixture evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan. Bake 10 minutes.

In a small bow fold raspberries into 3/4 cup of jam and spread evenly over partially baked crust.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon extract and eggs in medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth. Pour over jam to cover.

Add 1 tablespoon of raspberry jam to reserved crumbs and sprinkle streusel over top.

BAKE 20 to 25 minutes Cool completely. Chill 1 hour. Remove from pan using edges of foil. Peel away foil from sides. Cut into bars.

recipe adapted from Pillsbury

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Raspberry Lemonade Bars are bright, cheery, packed with raspberries and tangy lemonade to help beat the winter blues, and the best part? There’s a little cheesecake tucked in too. Raspberry Lemonade Bars with streusel topping recipe at TidyMom.net

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