These Hibiscus Lemon Bars are insanely good — imagine a perfect lemon bar infused with the bright berry flavor of hibiscus.  Can you say vitamin C?

Tart and tangy Hibiscus Lemon Bars

Have you had hibiscus tea?  It’s made with deep red hibiscus petals, and it’s got a tart berry flavor that I just love.  If you’ve ever had Red Zinger tea, you know what I’m talking about.  It’s got so much vitamin C that it’s used it to fight off colds and flu but I like it here for that gorgeous shade of pink and its tangy, slightly herby flavor.  I basically made a cold brew of fresh squeezed lemon juice and hibiscus for a subtle but delicious twist on my favorite lemon bars.

Making Hibiscus Lemon Bars

I don’t know anybody who can resist these, my mouth is watering just looking at the photos.  I’ve always loved the idea of a pink lemon bar, but other recipes that include strawberries are just too sweet for me.  If I’m going to go to the trouble to make a lemon dessert I want it to be LEMONY!  So take note, lemon purists — these bars are super tart, the hibiscus doesn’t neutralize the lemon, it just enhances it.

Hibiscus Lemon Bars --- a wonderful twist on everybody's favorite lemon dessert!

I used the basic proportions from Ina Garten’s lemon bars for these Hibiscus Lemon Bars.  You can double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 pan.

Hibiscus Lemon Bars

Yield: makes 9 large or 16 small bars

Ingredients

    crust
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
    filling
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp dried hibiscus or hibiscus tea
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
    garnish
  • confectioner's sugar

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together. I did this in my stand mixer. Add in the flour and salt, and mix just until combined. Press the dough into a 9x9 baking pan. I lightly flour my fingers so they don't stick to the dough. Press it evenly across the bottom of the pan. Chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 minutes until it is just lightly browned. Set it aside to cool, but leave the oven on.
  4. Meanwhile make the filling. Stir the hibiscus into the lemon juice and let sit for 15 minutes until it is a dark pink color. Then strain it and discard the hibiscus.
  5. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until well blended. Stir in the lemon juice and then blend in the flour.
  6. Pour the filling over the crust and return to the oven to bake for another 20-25 minutes, until the center of the filling is set and not jiggly.
  7. Let cool fully before slicing. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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notes:

  • You can use any type of good hibiscus tea for this, but the more hibiscus flowers in the formulation, the better.  If you only have bagged tea, tear it open and use the loose tea.
  • I love the touch of vanilla in the crust, it’s surprisingly good with the lemon.
  • I line my pan with parchment so I can lift out the bars and cut them neatly.  Just be sure to chill them before you attempt to remove them.
  • These are good. :)

Easy and gorgeously rosy Hibiscus Lemon Bars

My gorgeous lemons were sent to me from the Limoneira ranch here in Southern California.  They’re one of the pioneers of the California citrus industry and they’ve been growing lemons and other fruit since 1893, making them one of the oldest and largest citrus growers in the country.  If you have trouble finding Meyer lemons in your local area you can buy them direct from Limoneira, here.  They make wonderful gifts, too.

Limoneira lemons

 

 

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Hibiscus Lemon Bars --- an easy classic lemon bar recipe infused with the tart berry flavor of hibiscus. They're high in vitamin C and irresistably delicious! Everybody who has tried these has flipped!

 

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27 Responses to Hibiscus Lemon Bars

  1. Robin Mozingo says:

    I have made these several times and they are wonderful! My husband and even my toddler loves them!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks for taking the time to check back in Robin, I think I’ll make a batch for this weekend, we’re topping 100F!

  2. Susan says:

    I have some raspberry and hibiscus preserves that were gifted to me and you’re right, the hibiscus flavor is amazing! What a pretty and delicious idea, Sue, and one I’d LOVE to try!

  3. Lorda says:

    These are just lovely! I doubled the recipe and used hibiscus cranberry tea for a nice tart flavor. Thanks for sharing this perfect spring treat, Sue!

  4. Wow, I love these, Sue. I’m all about lemon this time of year and this is a gorgeous and delicious bite of flavor! Sharing all over :)

  5. Sara says:

    I LOVE lemon bars and the addition of hibiscus sounds like it would taste amazing and definitely looks so pretty in that shade of pink!

  6. Wow Sue your bars are always so amazing and different! I am saving this recipe!!
    Beautiful photos too!

    • Sue says:

      It’s so funny, I keep making bars, bars, bars! But I blog what I like to eat, so, I guess that means I love bars ;) Thanks for the visit!

  7. What a beautiful way to use hibiscus! These are lovely.

  8. Such pretty bars and that flavor pairing sounds divine!

  9. Shiho says:

    It looks pretty and sounds delicious. I have just had flu, I would rather to eat this cake than taking vitamin c pills :D

  10. These bars sounds so delicious and refreshing Sue! The color is just gorgeous! Pinned!

  11. Diana says:

    I love hibiscus and I always drink hibiscus tea! Very refreshing! So I can imagine how lovely do these bars taste!

  12. These look perfect and delicious! I love hibiscus tea lemonade (I buy the Tazo Passion Iced Tea bags and add my own lemon juice).. this looks light and perfect for spring!

  13. Wow! These bars sound so delicious and exotic! I am saving the recipe for later!

  14. Love that dreamy pinky colour! They look scrumptious!

  15. I love the flavor combo and the color!

  16. ZazaCook says:

    I adore this recipe! Sounds delicious:)

  17. Gorgeous! What a fun twist too on a classic. These would be perfect for a ladies get together with pretty china cups!

  18. Hannah says:

    I love lemon bars and obsess over hibiscus tea! This looks right up my alley! Just to check, the hibiscus infuses into the lemon juice at room temperature? You don’t have to heat it? Thanks!

  19. Medeja says:

    These bars look really lovely!

  20. What a lovely dish and such a nice way to give classic lemon bars a flavour twist :) Pinned!

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