Strawberry Lemon Blondies

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Strawberry Lemon Blondies ~ these easy strawberry blondies are moist and dense, (think soft shortbread) with plenty of little jammy pockets thanks to a cup of diced fresh strawberries in the batter. A hint of lemon gives these strawberry bars a bright, tangy vibe.

a stack of strawberry lemon blondies with silver forks

We’re baking strawberry lemon blondies on repeat right now!

If you could only have one strawberry dessert this season, these fruity little strawberry bars would have to be the one, they’re ridiculously easy to throw together and completely irresistible…take it from me, I had my fork in one before I could finish my photo shoot. That’s always a sign of a good recipe 🙂

Fresh strawberries in a basket

TIP: baking softens, sweetens, and brings out the best in pre-season berries, so even before the really good strawberries start showing up at market, you can make fabulous strawberry desserts.

A strawberry lemon blondie with fresh strawberries

If you like your desserts soft and moist, I know these strawberry lemon blondies will appeal to you.

There’s nothing dry or crumbly about them, they melt in the mouth like a great blondie should. Only instead of nuts and chocolate you’ve got juicy strawberries and tart lemon. Yum.

Blondies are an art form here at tvfgi, and there’s a special place in my heart for unique recipes like my Banana Blondies with their amazing caramel frosting, or my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies.  But sometimes you just need a little chocolate, am I right? In that case head straight for my Outrageous Chocolate Hazelnut Blondies or decadent Almond Butter Skillet Blondies.

making strawberry lemon blondies

The plush batter for these strawberry lemon blondies is thick but easy to work with. Take a minute to spread it out evenly in your pan so it bakes up nice and flat.

Strawberry lemon blondies just out of the oven

The pretty pink glaze is naturally colored

Blondies are pretty unassuming when they come out of the oven, but just wait. Let them cool down a bit, then drizzle on the tart glaze (I use a tablespoon of strained strawberry puree to create that pretty color naturally)…things are about to get interesting…

Glazing strawberry lemon bars

This is one strawberry dessert that is more than meets the eye. It’s all about that party in your mouth!

Slicing strawberry lemon blondies

tvfgi recommends: a 9″ square ceramic baking dish

When it comes to small bakes like brownies and blondies, I like to bake in ceramic or stoneware. I think it bakes evenly without over cooking the edges. They come in so many pretty colors, but I’m partial to my white pan. Every kitchen needs one.

I recommend the 9″ size, and look for something with weight to it, like the one above. The side handles help when you’re trying to get it in and out of a hot oven.

 

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Reader Rave ~

“You have gained a few fans! Made this for our Sunday night family gathering and everyone kept going back for more. I cut them into smaller pieces so everyone felt less guilty splurging 🙂  Thank you for a very yummy recipe.”  ~  Jen


 

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Strawberry Lemon Blondies

Strawberry Lemon Blondies ~ these easy strawberry blondies are moist and dense, (think soft shortbread) with plenty of little jammy pockets thanks to a cup of diced fresh strawberries in the batter.  The hint of lemon revs up the berry flavor and gives these strawberry bars a bright, tangy vibe.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Calories 319kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

blondies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 228 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (164 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (55 grams) fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 cups (306 grams) all purpose flour (use the fluff/scoop/level method for measuring)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (127 grams) diced fresh strawberries

glaze

  • 1 cup (112 grams) unsifted weight powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry puree you'll need about 2 large strawberries, instructions below
  • lemon juice about 1 Tbsp, or just enough to thin the glaze to a spreadable consistency

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Line a 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper with long edges. This will help you lift out the blondies for easy glazing and slicing later.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg.
  • When the egg is fully incorporated, beat in the lemon juice. The lemon juice will probably not completely incorporate at this point, that's ok.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and add to the wet ingredients, mixing until no more dry flour is present.
  • Gently fold in the diced strawberries. Spread the mixture into your pan and spread out as evenly as possible. The dough is thick, so take your time.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, just until starting to turn golden around the edges and the center is set. A toothpick inserted in the center will be moist but not wet. Don't over-bake these, or they will dry out. Let cool on a rack.
  • Trim the strawberries for the glaze and puree in a small food processor. Strain the puree through a small strainer to get 1 Tbsp of puree. Whisk together the sugar, puree, and lemon juice until no lumps remain. If your glaze is too thin, add a touch more sugar. If it's too thick, add more lemon juice.
  • Spread the glaze over the cooled blondies. Let the glaze set before slicing.

Video

Cook's notes

 
  • Do a little test before glazing your blondies.  Spoon a little on and see how it does...if it's too thin you can add more sugar, and if it's too thick you can thin it down with more puree or lemon juice.
  • If you don't want to bother with the strawberry puree for the icing, just use lemon juice.
  • For a variation, try this with diced rhubarb, or a combination of strawberries and rhubarb.  Or how about blueberries or raspberries.

Nutrition

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    Tanya Conrad L Conrad
    June 19, 2022 at 6:54 am

    3 stars
    This is delicious HOWEVER and this is a big however, this is NOT a blondie. I made this recipe 3 times 2 exactly as written and by the way I am a very experienced baker/cook. This came out as a cake following the recipe exactly as written. I had made brownies and blondies for years and the rule of baking is add more fat and/or less flour for a more fudgy texture and while it was more moist it was still cake.

  • Reply
    Mary
    June 18, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Do these freeze well?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      June 18, 2022 at 4:59 pm

      They should freeze fine Mary.

  • Reply
    Jenna
    June 4, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    4 stars
    I followed the recipe very closely. Next time I’d cut down on the lemon. They were very moist and I loved the glaze, but too much of a tart lemony taste for my liking.

  • Reply
    rmplotzker
    May 25, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    4 stars
    made a batch yesterday. stawberries on sale, needed to use them up. not really fair to rate recipe, as I varied it. Usually for baking I use half butter, half generic Crisco, unless it needs to be pareve, when it becomes all Crisco or half Earth Balance spread/half crisco. The quirks of kosher adaptation. This time I went with 1/3 butter and 2/3 crisco. pastry came out a little too short. I used the specified flour amount. Dough a little hard to spread. Needed more than 35 minutes in oven. My two strawberries for the icing did not liquify so I just mixed the coarse puree with the confectioners sugar and lemon juice. Came out rather well. refrigerated overnight. cuts easily, parchment paper was good idea. just tasted of too much crisco.

    • Reply
      Kim
      June 2, 2022 at 11:27 am

      Hi there,

      Just wondering if I add Rhubarb should I premix it with sugar?

  • Reply
    Kim
    May 17, 2022 at 9:45 am

    5 stars
    Hi! Recipe looks great for summer. Question- what brand of AP flour do you use? All of mine list 1 cup =120 grams. Recipe indicates 306 grams which is closer to 2.5 cups vs the 2.25 listed. I’m curious if you weigh or do the fluff /scoop method.

  • Reply
    Amy
    May 9, 2022 at 6:34 am

    4 stars
    The flavor was good but they turned out too tender and just came apart trying to serve them. We definitely needed forks to eat them as you could not hold them together in your hand. Any idea where I went wrong?

  • Reply
    Melissa
    May 5, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    This recipe looks wonderful! I was wondering if I just wanted to make them strawberry could I omit the lemon juice or would this affect the recipe? Could I use something else to substitute if so? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      May 6, 2022 at 4:55 am

      You might try using milk instead. I’d add vanilla, too.

  • Reply
    Ellen Margulies
    May 2, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    5 stars
    These were AMAZING. I added a skosh more lemon juice than was called for in both glaze and base and it was EVERYTHING. Loved these and will definitely make again.

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