Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars: a quick and easy dessert that gets its incredible taste from fresh lemon and strawberries. The perfect shortbread recipe.

Just when I think I couldn’t possibly find another strawberry dessert recipe to share, one pops up. I’m calling this one Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars. It’s actually supposed to be a cake but the minute I put it in my mouth, I thought immediately that it was one of the best shortbreads I had ever tasted. (Must be the 2 sticks of butter. Ha!)

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars: a quick and easy dessert that gets its incredible taste from fresh lemon and strawberries. The perfect shortbread recipe.

This recipe for strawberry lemon shortbread bars has fresh lemon peel AND juice which makes the taste fresh and bright. I love recipes that call for lemon peel because one of my favorite things to do is zest a lemon. The scent is like no other. When it’s all mixed together, the batter is a bit stiff, but I didn’t have any trouble spreading it out to the sides of the pan. I used a 9 x 9 baking pan but if you don’t have one, just use an 8 x 8. It may take a few minutes longer to bake so just watch it towards the end. 

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars: a quick and easy dessert that gets its incredible taste from fresh lemon and strawberries. The perfect shortbread recipe.

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars: a quick and easy dessert that gets its incredible taste from fresh lemon and strawberries. The perfect shortbread recipe.

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars: a quick and easy dessert that gets its incredible taste from fresh lemon and strawberries. The perfect shortbread recipe.
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5 from 6 votes
Servings: 12 bars
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice about 2 small lemons
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fresh strawberries diced
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Add egg, 2-3 Tablespoons lemon zest, and lemon juice
  • Mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Slowly add dry mixture to batter just until combined.
  • Fold in strawberries.
  • Put dough into prepared 9 x 9 pan and spread to the edges with a large spoon.
  • Bake 35 - 40 min. until golden on top and knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Dust with powdered sugar if desired

Notes

I prepare my pans with Baker's Joy.
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This would be a lovely dessert to serve for a summer brunch or family dinner. I think it’s very pretty and if you garnished it with a sliced strawberry (or a slice of lemon) and a mint leaf it would definitely impress your guests! I also think you could substitute other fruits for the strawberries. Blueberries would be especially delicious.

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Just a thought before I go…I’ve never considered myself an overly patriotic person. Yes…I love my country but I’ve never had to sacrifice anything for my freedom. I haven’t watched as a ship sailed out to sea with my husband on board. I haven’t had sleepless nights wondering if a loved one was alive or dead. I didn’t raise my kids alone because my spouse was serving in the military. There are people just like you and me who make sacrifices like these every day. If there are any of you out there who are possibly reading this, I’d like to say thank you. I can’t say I understand, but I am grateful. Very grateful…

Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars: a quick and easy dessert that gets its incredible taste from fresh lemon and strawberries. The perfect shortbread recipe.

Wishing you all a safe and restful Memorial Day weekend. 

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19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tried these on July 4th, they are wonderful. thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Sounds wonderful! Lemons and strawberries. Yum! Do you have any nutritional information on this recipe? I think I will make it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Mary Ellen says:

    5 stars
    These look so yummy! Will definitely try these for next BBQ. But where can I get those fabulous dishes??? So beautiful!
    Thanks – absolutely LOVE your column.

  4. This reciped sounds great. I love Liberty Blue dishes; I have a friend who collects them (Mine are Royal Mail in blue about the same vintage). My SO appears to now be gluten intolerant as well as diabetic so I am experimenting with different flours and Truvia baking mix (75% fewer calories). We have had pudding or whipped cream over several failures! Love your old sieve! I zested 7 limes last week and didn’t think I would ever be done!!!! Safe in the freezer!

  5. Rhonda in Mississippi says:

    Ann, Just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful recipes. I copied several of the strawberry ones from last week and will copy this one as well. I made the Strawberry Walnut Bread over the weekend and we absolutely love it!! I think it’s the cinnamon and roasted walnuts (I toasted mine on the range top). I made three of the small loaves and gave one of those to some friends who loved it as well. Can’t wait to try this one! We also share a love for “Liberty Blue”. My mother-in-law collected it in 1976 from the grocery store for my ‘husband’s hope chest’ because it had historical scenes, she thought it looked masculine. We found the soup tureen last year and now have collected all the pieces to the set!!

  6. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says:

    These look perfect, Ann! I can’t wait to make them, though I’ll be using blueberries or boysenberries, since that’s what I’m harvesting now. Our strawberries didn’t bounce back from being a mole playground last fall. :( I think they’ll be good anyway – and so easy. Thanks!

  7. Michele @ Our Rosey Life says:

    Hi Ann ~ The strawberry lemon bars look delicious!! Love the combo of two favorites together. Before I whip up a batch for my family, I want to double check the recipe. In your narrative, you mention that 2 sticks of butter add to the shortbread texture and yet the recipe calls for 1 stick of butter. Is it 1 or 2 sticks of butter? Thank you. I’m always happy to read your posts and see what creative goodness you’re sharing!

  8. Tracy@www.bluridgevintage.com says:

    Than you for sharing this recipe. Since strawberries are abundant it makes for the perfect recipe for picnics, family gatherings,and church socials. I love lemon also and it just really gives a crisp and refreshing feel to any dish. I can;t wait to give it a try.

  9. Those look delicious! I love anything with strawberries and can’t wait to give these a try. Enjoy your week.

  10. You are adorable! Love your blog! Very well put ! Love the recipe for the shortbread ! Going to give it a try! I love to bake! Hope you have a great weekend and we will keep all those men and women who serve our country in our prayers! Take care,Cindy

  11. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes and craft ideas. I am an 80 year old fan of yours.
    My dad spent thirty years in the Army…he arrived home from the Korean war on the day of my high school graduation in June 1953. My husband spent thirty years as a Naval officer with many many deployments…including three nine-month separations the first three years of our marriage plus a year of duty in Viet Nam. Our son was a Navy pilot in Desert Storm. So I have experienced all the sacrifices you mentioned…though I have never thought of them as sacrifices. Instead, I believe I have been blessed throughout my life to have received the love and kindness of men who are brave, caring and honorable. I am so proud of all of them and am especially proud to be an American!

  12. Your comments echo my feelings perfectly. So grateful for the many who have and are serving in the armed forces. My father-in-law was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on D Day. He lived to be 93 and always enjoyed sharing details of that day with his family.

    Your recipe is yummy!! Just took mine out of the oven a few minutes ago and had to taste it immediately. The lemon flavor is delicious. The texture of mine is like a finely textured cake, not a shortbread at all. Sooooo good!

    Thanks for sharing with us all.

    Ren

  13. Are those ‘Liberty Blue’ plates I spy?! I have all the ingredients on hand. I’m hoping I can make this tonight to serve to guests (former military) tomorrow. My husband served in the Army, but not during war time.

  14. We just had the Creamsicle Cake for lunch. Want to make Strawberry Short Bread soon. Pounds? Ha ha
    My mother’s two brothers served on Destroyers in WWII. Just buried one 86yr old Uncle. His step-daughter received the Flag from a Marine. She walked the folded Flag over and gave it to my uncle’s brother that had served on the other Destroyer. I thought that was a truly unselfish kind thing to do. You should have seen him hugging that Flag.

    Thank you for remembering our service men and women. My son was in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Many nights sitting up. Hope you are having good Memorial Day.
    Sherrill

  15. Kathleen G says:

    Refreshing summery dessert, looks tasty. Ann, I’m grateful too, for the service of others , sacrificing their lives for our country. Kathleen in Az

  16. Looks like you’ve whipped up another yummy! It does kind of look like shortbread, which I love:)
    That was very thoughtful of you Ann to say about those men & women that serve/or have served. I’m so grateful that that part of my life is over, as it is very scary. Almost every man in our family has served in the military, but thankfully not my boys. Have a wonderful Memorial Day with your family!

  17. Thank you for the yummy recipe!
    My father is a World War II veteran, he will be 93 in a few weeks! We are proud of his service!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Cheryl,
      My father too is a WWII veteran and he will be 95 on August 1.He was in the Army. His assisted living is having a Navy Seal speak tomorrow and present all the veterans a gift. Bringing my camera.

  18. Happy Memorial Day weekend to you. . .
    I think this was your best posting.
    Sincere, to the point, heartfelt, patriotic.
    Timely, tasty recipe. Will be trying tomorrow.
    You are the best Ann. Keep on sharing.