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Lemon Raspberry Bars

Lemon Raspberry Bars

We are less than one week away from the 4th of July. If you are looking for a summer dessert to impress your family and friends, look no further. These lemon raspberry bars will knock everyone’s flip flops off! The bars are beautiful and easy to make, but don’t tell-remember we are trying to impress this holiday:)

Lemon desserts are perfect for summer time. I love making bar treats for holiday celebrations too. They are easy to make, cut, serve, and everyone loves them. These bars have a thick graham cracker crust that is topped with a creamy lemon raspberry filling. The fresh raspberries add a hint of tartness to the luscious lemon filling. The bars are best served chilled and can be made in advance, another bonus. These lemon raspberry bars are a no fuss dessert that everyone will love.

Lemon Bars

Celebrate the 4th of July with lemon raspberry bars. Everyone at the party will want the recipe for these dreamy lemon raspberry bars. You are welcome to share the recipe or it can be our little secret on how simple these beautiful bars are to make:)

Several of you have asked me about my evo conference experience. It was amazing. My head is still on overdrive trying to process the information I learned. When it all sinks in I will write a post. In the meantime, ¬†make sure you “like” Two Peas and Their Pod on Facebook, I will be posting pictures from the evo conference on our page.

Raspberry Lemon Bar Recipe

Lemon Raspberry Bars

Yield: Makes 16 bars

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the crust:
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
Zest of one lemon

For the filling:

2 large egg yolks
1-14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
6 ounces fresh raspberries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 8 by 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Stir until graham cracker crumbs are moist. Press crumbs into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Once the crust is cool, combine the egg yolks and condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until mixture begins to slightly thicken. Gently fold in the raspberries. Fold carefully so you don't break the raspberries.

Pour the lemon raspberry filling evenly over the graham cracker crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.

Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour before serving. Cut into bars and serve. Keep bars in the refrigerator-up to five days.

*Note-use fresh raspberries and make sure you gently fold the berries into the lemon filling or you will have pink bars.

If you like these raspberry lemon bars, you might also like:

Lime Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Raspberry Crumb Bars from Cooking for Seven
Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares from The Pioneer Woman

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133 Responses to “Lemon Raspberry Bars”

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  1. 1
    Jessica @ How Sweet — June 28, 2010 @ 4:15 am

    I LOVE lemon desserts, so this is right up my alley. It looks delicious. Beautiful pictures, Maria!

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    Peter — June 28, 2010 @ 4:16 am

    It looks like a cheesecake but no cheese, and that’s okay. The condensed milk has all the yummyness one needs.

    • twopeas replied: — June 28th, 2010 @ 5:03 pm

      The texture reminds me of cheesecake too. Good call Peter!

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    beth — June 28, 2010 @ 4:18 am

    I make lemon bars with condensed milk but really must try adding the raspberries

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    Rosa — June 28, 2010 @ 4:36 am

    So pretty and delicious looking!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    These are so pretty Maria.

    (Too pretty for Josh.)

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    Chris — June 28, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    We were just talking yesterday about the deliciousness of lemon in the summer. Something about it just sucks you in. ;) And, with raspberry? Yeah!

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    Jenny Flake — June 28, 2010 @ 6:11 am

    Perfect summer treat Maria!! Looks great :)

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    Joanne — June 28, 2010 @ 6:15 am

    Ironically, I just posted a fruity bar recipe as well! You and I are on the same page.

    These are definitely ideal for the fourth! I may just have to make them!

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    Shannon — June 28, 2010 @ 6:20 am

    wow, these do sound perfect for summer!

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    Kate — June 28, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    These look refreshing and perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    Kara — June 28, 2010 @ 6:48 am

    These look fabulous Maria! I can’t wait for your post about EVO. I was so bummed that I couldn’t make it. I’ve heard from several bloggers that it was awesome. Maybe next year.

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    Bonnie — June 28, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    My two favorite flavors, raspberry and lemon. These look so simple yet beautiful. Glad you had a great weekend at the conference.

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — June 28, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    These look delicious and beautiful, Maria! Can’t wait to try them!

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    Gorgeous, gorgeous lemon bars! I love the combination of lemon and raspberry, and these bars look fabulous!

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    Maggy@ThreeManyCooks — June 28, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    These are beautiful! They look really fresh and light, the perfect thing for a summer snack.

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    carrian — June 28, 2010 @ 8:42 am

    i love graham cracker crusts and lemon with berries!

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    Diana Merrell — June 28, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    I’m with you, bars are easy to prepare when company is coming over. What a nice treat, love the berries and the lemon. Nice touch.

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    Tracy — June 28, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    Love anything lemon! I also love how easy this is to make!

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    Valerie — June 28, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    Those are gorgeous! I’m definitely going to try this recipe soon!!

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    Elle — June 28, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    Perfect flavor combo for the hot weather–cool and refreshing!

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    Lauren — June 28, 2010 @ 10:09 am

    Ooh!! Those look absolutely delicious – and perfect for Canada day too!

    • twopeas replied: — June 28th, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

      Yes, you can make these for Canada day too! Any celebration or just because:)

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    Liren — June 28, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    I love everything about this! From the graham cracker base, the creamy topping, to the fact that you can easily make it ahead of time. It really is perfect for entertaining! What a great recipe :)

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    I’m so glad that Kitchen Confidante posted this on Twitter because these are beautiful!

    • twopeas replied: — June 28th, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

      Glad you found us too:)

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    Jen @ How To: Simplify — June 28, 2010 @ 11:43 am

    These bars are gorgeous. I absolutely love the flavor combination!

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    pigpigscorner — June 28, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    This looks so refreshing! Definitely on my to-make list!

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    alison — June 28, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Such a pretty photo and these look delish! It was so great to meet you in person at EVO! It was so fun and Utah is awesome! Please keep in touch!

    • twopeas replied: — June 28th, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

      It was nice meeting you too!

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    Angie — June 28, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    I love any type of citrus dessert, this one looks amazing. I want to make a raspberry dessert next week, this is a great idea, beautiful!

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    Bridgett — June 28, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    Love the raspberries in there. Perfect for the holiday.

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    grace — June 28, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    with this post, i’m beginning to think raspberries should trump blueberries as the most picturesque fruit…

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    Becky O. — June 28, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    This looks so refreshing. Perfect for a bbq! Thanks, Maria!

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    Betty — June 28, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    Lemon and raspberry- you can’t get much more summery than that! These look like a delicious picnic treat- thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

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    the urban baker — June 28, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    these look yummy. i have some fresh raspberries…i may have to dash into my kitchen and whip these up!

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    Eliana — June 28, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    Every aspect of this dessert is perfect for summer. I love it.

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    Cooking with Kait — June 28, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

    That looks wonderful. I absolutely LOVE how thick the crust is compared to the filling. YUM.

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    Esi — June 28, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

    So pretty. Perfect for summer

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    terri — June 28, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    these look delish! thanks for sharing. i think i will have to whip up a batch for our 4th celebration, as well! xo

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    Daphne — June 28, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    This looks fabulous! I think I may make some of these tomorrow. I have some raspberries and blackberries that need to be used soon so I may just use both. Yay! I have been trying to figure out how to use them…now I know.

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    Carissa — June 28, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

    holy freaking destroy my diet recipe!!! I LOVE RASPBERRIES. Heart Heart Heart. Can I just come over and taste one of them.. that way I won’t make a whole batch and eat them all. Amen.

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    Taz — June 29, 2010 @ 12:39 am

    Yum, I adore the combination of lemon and raspberry so these sound perfect to me. Definitely adding them to the list of things to make!

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    Memoria — June 29, 2010 @ 3:06 am

    These bars look fantastic. I love the photography! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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