Pink Lemonade Cookie Bars: A Delightfully Tangy and Sweet Treat

Experience the delightful combination of tart lemon and sweet cherry in these Pink Lemonade Cookie Bars. The soft, buttery bars are infused with fresh lemon zest and a hint of lemon extract, creating a bright, citrusy base. Topped with a creamy pink lemonade frosting, these bars are both visually appealing and deliciously refreshing. Perfect for spring and summer gatherings, these cookie bars will add a pop of color and flavor to any dessert table.

Why You’ll Love This:

These cookie bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tart, offering a refreshing twist on traditional cookie bars. The addition of cornstarch to the batter ensures a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. The pink lemonade frosting not only adds a burst of color but also enhances the lemony flavor with a subtle hint of cherry. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, these bars are sure to become a favorite.

Perfect Occasion:

These Pink Lemonade Cookie Bars are ideal for any celebration, from baby showers and birthday parties to summer picnics and barbecues. Their bright color and tangy flavor make them a great choice for spring and summer events. They are also perfect for a sweet treat any day of the week, adding a little sunshine to your snack time.

Decoration Tips:

For an extra festive touch, sprinkle pink confetti sprinkles over the frosting before it sets. You can also garnish with thin lemon slices or edible flowers for a more elegant presentation. If you want to make them even more special, consider adding a light dusting of powdered sugar just before serving.

Ingredients List:

  • For the Cookie Bars:
    • 1 1/2 cups (191 grams) All-Purpose Flour, sifted
    • 2 tablespoons (20 grams) Cornstarch
    • 1/2 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
    • 1/2 cup (113 grams) Unsalted Butter, softened
    • 1 cup (200 grams) Sugar
    • Zest of 2 medium Lemons
    • 1 large Egg
    • 1 teaspoon Pure Lemon Extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • For the Pink Lemonade Frosting:
    • 1/4 cup (57 grams) Unsalted Butter, softened
    • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) Cream Cheese, softened
    • 1 cup (120 grams) Powdered Sugar, sifted
    • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Cherry Extract
    • Dash of Fine Sea Salt
    • 1 tiny drop Pink Gel Food Coloring
    • Pink Confetti Sprinkles
  1. Prepare the Cookie Bars:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a couple of inches of overhang on the sides for easy removal.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of sifted all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, and 1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt.
  2. Make the Batter:
    • In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter, 1 cup of sugar, and the zest of 2 medium lemons until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in 1 large egg until fully incorporated, then add 1 teaspoon of pure lemon extract and 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  3. Bake the Cookie Bars:
    • Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until the top is set and the edges start to turn light golden brown. Be careful not to overbake.
    • Let the cookie bars cool completely in the pan. Once cool, remove from the pan using the parchment paper overhang as handles.
  4. Prepare the Pink Lemonade Frosting:
    • In a medium bowl, beat 1/4 cup of softened unsalted butter and 2 tablespoons of softened cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
    • Gradually add 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of pure cherry extract, and a dash of fine sea salt. Mix until well combined and smooth.
    • Add a tiny drop of pink gel food coloring and mix until the frosting is evenly colored.
  5. Frost and Decorate:
    • Spread the pink lemonade frosting evenly over the cooled cookie bars.
    • Sprinkle with pink confetti sprinkles for a festive touch.
    • Allow the frosting to set slightly before cutting into squares.

Enjoy these delightful pink lemonade cookie bars, perfect for adding a touch of sunshine to any occasion. Enjoy!

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