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Easy Fresh Strawberry Bars #valentinesday #springLike Lemon Bars? Then you’ve got to try these Strawberry Bars made with pureed fresh strawberries.

Easy Strawberry Bars made with Fresh Strawberries! #valentinesday #spring #barrecipe

I’ve never been much of a girlie-girl.

Growing up with two older brothers, it was play-rough or don’t play at all. There are family stories of backyard mud fights, bike races down construction-site dirt piles, and broken limbs.

I have an older sister who taught me how to apply makeup and bat my eyelashes, but she is quite a bit older, and moved away before my formative years.

So most of the time it was me and a brother… and his friends.

Scary, right?

Even so, something in me yearns for pink.

A pearly pink bag or phone case makes me giddy with delight. …Maybe I’m reverting as I age.

But most of all, I simply adore pink food.

If it’s pink, I want to eat it. I even disregard my normal label reading in order to indulge in pink edibles without care of consequence.

Pink makes me happy.

Fresh Strawberry Bars made with Fresh Strawberries! #valentinesday #spring #barrecipe

So today I offer you the quintessential pink food, fresh strawberries. (Yeah, I know they’re more red than pink. Just play along…)

Recently, I pulled out my favorite lemon bar recipe to make an afternoon treat for the kids. When I opened the fridge to collect the ingredients, I noticed I had two pints of fresh strawberries that were begging to be used. This was a light bulb moment.

What if I used pureed fresh strawberries instead of lemon juice? Fresh Strawberry Bars?

Why yes, that did sound like a good idea!

So I placed a few handfuls of fresh strawberries into the blender. Then I substituted the liquefied fresh strawberries, in my lemon bar recipe (with a few other adjustments,) placed them in the oven, and crossed my fingers.

Simple Strawberry Bars made with Fresh Strawberries! #valentinesday #spring #barrecipe

Low and behold, the PINK Fresh Strawberry Bars were a success!

Fresh Strawberry Bars have quickly become a family favorite. They are so moist and creamy with a bright fresh flavor. Just the treat to serve on Valentines Day, the official holiday for pink food.

Plus, these fresh strawberry bars are so easy to make, my 8 and 10 year old(s) can make them all by themselves.

I will certainly be serving strawberry bars for Valentines Day this year–we may have to make strawberry bars on Super Bowl Sunday as well.

Think the boys would mind a pink treat?

Fresh Strawberry Bars

Yield: 15 squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes


For the Crust:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar + extra for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

For the Strawberry Custard:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup pureed fresh strawberries (6-12 berries, depending on size) + extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring to enhance the color, if desired.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8X11 inch bar pan with parchment paper. Press the corners to smooth out crinkled edges.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, then add the salt the flour. Mix until the dough just comes together. Dump the dough into the prepared pan. Press evenly across the bottom. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, puree the strawberries in a blender. Add the egg yolks, condensed milk, lemon juice, food coloring, and salt to the liquified strawberries, and pulse to blend.
  4. Pour the strawberry mixture over the warm crust and return to the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is soft, but set. Cool to room temperature. Then cover and chill for at least 3 hours.
  5. To serve: Lift the paper edges, taking the whole strawberry bar sheet out of the pan. Peel back the edges of the paper, then trim the rough edges of the strawberry bars. Cut into 15 squares. Dust with powdered sugar and top each square with a slice of fresh strawberry.

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64 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Bars”

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted January 30, 2013 at 6:43 am

    So pretty Sommer! I hear ya on the girlie girl. I had 3 brothers growing up. Wouldn’t you know that I ended up having 3 girls (and one boy) of my own. Opposite of my mom! Needless to say my girlie girls would love this! And my boy too :)


  2. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchenposted January 30, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Sommer, your pink Fresh Strawberry Bars look simply divine! Here’s to your inner girlie-girl coming out!


  3. shelly (cookies and cups)posted January 30, 2013 at 7:21 am

    These look fantastic! Sweetened condensed milk and strawberries? Yes please!


  4. Heather @ Heather's Dishposted January 30, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Oh Sommer. Oh my goodness! Lemon bars are literally my favorite dessert ever, but they may just have a competitor now!


  5. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 30, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Those strawberry bars look so good! I could go for a few for breakfast right now!


  6. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted January 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

    That color is pretty awesome… perfect for Valentine’s Day!


  7. Susan 30A EATSposted January 30, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I love strawberries and the bars look magical!


  8. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted January 30, 2013 at 8:24 am

    LIKE lemon bars? I looooove lemon bars. And I’m sure I would love these too–they are beautiful!


  9. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted January 30, 2013 at 8:29 am

    This is GENIUS, Sommer! I love anything baked with strawberries so these are seriously calling my name.


  10. Lisa | With Style and Graceposted January 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

    These are so sweet!!


  11. DessertForTwoposted January 30, 2013 at 8:45 am

    How gorgeous! I love these pretty pink bars!


  12. Leslieposted January 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I’m not really a girly girl either. I sooooo want to love makeup and be in my element in Sephora….But I just can’t :(
    Love these bars!


  13. Cassieposted January 30, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I have always been a fan of lemon bars but have never thought to make strawberry bars and the idea is fantastic. They look incredible!


  14. Laurenposted January 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Yummmmmy! I just bought a bunch of strawberries at Costco too…now I know what I’m doing with them! :)


  15. marlaposted January 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Sommer, these bars look great!! So pretty too.


  16. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted January 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

    love these! I am putting this on my Facebook page


  17. Aimee @ Simple Bitesposted January 30, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Really creative! I’m a big fan of lemon bars, so I’ll be giving these a try just as soon as we start getting some local berries!


  18. a farmer in the dellposted January 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I have a weakness for lemon bars. These sound so different and refreshing! I am dying for strawberry season!


  19. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 30, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I hated pink until I had my girls — then I couldn’t get enough of it!


  20. Gabyposted January 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

    looks so gorgeous and perfect for a little sweet nibble this Valentines Day!


  21. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I feel you! I was never much of a girly girl either when I was younger. I always went for blue or other colors. I hated pink for a very long time until probably college when I was all things bright colors lol – i love the bars and the bright red/pink shade that they give off. Perfect treat for Valentine’s!!


  22. Mariaposted January 30, 2013 at 10:20 am

    So pretty!!


  23. Cookin Canuckposted January 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Your post hit a chord with me. I’ve never been a girlie-girl either, but lately I’ve been drawn to pink and now find myself wearing a pink jacket while carrying my pink daytimer and drinking out of my pink water bottle. I think I need some of these pretty pink bars to complete the picture. Great recipe, Sommer!


  24. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I love strawberry bars, these are so pretty!


  25. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidenceposted January 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the color of the custard and the strawberries on top. Abeautiful shade of pink :) I’m thinking I would drizzle these with a little balsamic reduction.


  26. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted January 30, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    I can SO identify! King of the Hill, bike races, flashlight tag…those made up the games I played with my brothers and their friends. But my color was purple and that doesn’t translate so well to food, so pink it is! I’ve done something similar with raspberries but now desperately yearning for spring, strawberries and these bars!


  27. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblingsposted January 30, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    ah-mazing!!! can’t wait to make these!


  28. Toni | Boulder Locavoreposted January 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I am totally with you on pink desserts! I’m unsure what it is but there is something so happy-making about them. These look and sound delicious Sommer.


  29. Coletteposted January 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    These are a lovely take on the usual lemon bars!


  30. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 30, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I am a sucker for lemon bars so I know I’d love this.


  31. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I have to say you have the best light bulb moments! Strawberries are my favorite and I will be trying these very soon!


  32. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted January 30, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    These are so gorgeous! Love this idea!


  33. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewifeposted January 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    So pretty and I love the pink!


  34. Lizposted January 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Love these Sommer – makes me think of summertime and sunshine :)


  35. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Lemon bars are one of my favorite baked sweets. These are so beautiful. I’ve never been a pink person, either, but as of this past year, you can actually find some pink in my closet! ;)


  36. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted January 30, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I love these so much! Strawberries are just so perfect so I know these bars must be delish!


  37. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted January 31, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Fresh strawberries? my gosh you’re killing me! These look like they could beat the lemon bar any day, which says a lot considering I adore lemon bars! I think you scored with this one and my bf will be thanking you because he loves fruity desserts!!


  38. Laurie {Simply Scratch}posted January 31, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I love when a good idea turns out delicious! These are so pretty Sommer!


  39. Angieposted January 31, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I love that it’s strawberry season here! We;re going strawberry picking Saturday, and I’ll have to try this!


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  41. soniaposted January 31, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Hi There, All these pictures of bars are looking gorgeous and I am craving to have a bite too:) Wonderful and appetizing dishes at galore. Have a wonderful week. Look forward to your next post. Take care !
    Regards, Sonia


  42. Marlyposted January 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

    You know what Shakespeare says – Sweets for the sweet!


  43. Danijelaposted January 31, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    This is genious. Simple to make and yummy – my favorite. Thanks for the recipe, I will have to stop by your blog more often. :)


  44. ashley - baker by natureposted January 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Well these are just too cute! I grew up with brothers, too, so I know how nice a little pink can make you feel ;)


  45. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 31, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I’m with you on the pink food :) and these look amazing!


  46. Shannonposted January 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    It sounded like a great idea and it just so happened that I had all the ingredients, so I made these yesterday. Unfortunately they were disappointing, mostly because they had too weak of a strawberry flavor. I’m glad I at least tried them, though.


    • Sommer — February 1st, 2013 @ 12:51 am

      Really? I’m sorry to hear your were disappointed. I wonder of your strawberries were ripe….


  47. Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted February 1, 2013 at 7:39 am

    YAY! They are natural! That means I can make them. Thank you, thank you, thank you for not using some funky ingredients in these bars! :D

    Oh and of course, they look awesome. :)


  48. Jeanetteposted February 1, 2013 at 7:59 am

    What a fun switch up from Lemon Bars Sommer – love that your kids can make this all by themselves!


  49. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted February 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    These are gorgeous Sommer!


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  51. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted February 1, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, these look crazy good! Love a little punch of strawberry in the middle of winter… I am SO ready for spring, and these pretty bars are calling my name!


  52. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted February 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

    These look wonderful, Sommer!


  53. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted February 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Oooh, these are so pretty! I love anything pink – I am such a girly girl! But I think these bars must be a real crowd pleaser, even for boys!


  54. Jogalogposted February 3, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    These are so pretty – they’d be perfect for Valentine’s Day.


  55. Russell van Kraayenburgposted February 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Ooh! I love these. I am definitely trying these soon.


  56. Shainaposted February 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Fantastic festive food for the day of love.


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  59. leanne VanRemortelposted May 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This recipe looks amazing. I was just curious, what size can of sweetened condensed milk do you use? Thanks!


  60. Kristin @ Kit's Craftsposted July 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    These bars were AMAZING! Don’t kid yourself thinking you will only eat one. Plan on eating at least two if not the whole pan. Seriously.


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