Lemon Strawberry Crumb Bars

A taste of delicious sunshine with easy fresh strawberry crumb bars made from real strawberries and topped with sweet lemon glaze! Easter spring dessert recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Good morning and happy Monday to you! The week ahead is a blissful one for a couple reasons. First, I’m finished my cookbook! Well, I have a few more photos to shoot but all 75 recipes are tested and written. D-O-N-E-Z-O! And second, we’re headed to Deep Creek Lake for a mini post-cookbook vacation with the pups today.

We’re staying in a beautiful cabin right on the lake. We’ve got lots of hiking and relaxing on the agenda. And we’re supposed to get lots of snow, too. I’m bringing my camera so I’ll be sure to snap some pics for my photography blog too!

Lemon strawberry crumb bars bring some blissful sunshine inside with a buttery crust and topping, fresh strawberries, and sweet lemon glaze! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

But inside, it tastes like summertime. These lemon strawberry crumb bars are like my raspberry streusel bars in that there’s a crust layer, fruit layer, topping, and glaze. But this recipe is actually a bit easier. The crust and crumb topping are made from the same buttery brown sugar dough. The strawberry filling isn’t made from jam or preserves. Rather, a truckload of fresh strawberries, some sugar, fresh lemon zest, and cornstarch for thickening. The glaze, while definitely optional, is lemon! Flavor today = 10++

There’s sweet, zesty, and tangy + crumby, soft, and juicy. These bars are strawberry lemonade in square form. A 9×13 pan of pure sunshine. There might be a snowstorm a-brewin’ but inside our kitchen? So long, winter.

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You don’t need a fully stocked pantry to make these. In fact, I guarantee you have most of the ingredients on hand like flour, butter, brown sugar, and eggs. You’ll need about 1 and 1/2 pounds of fresh strawberries and a fresh lemon, but other than that– you should be all set to start baking!

If there’s a tricky part to these lemon strawberry bars, it would be cutting the butter into the dry ingredients. And, honestly, that’s not even too difficult. If you don’t want to do this step by hand, plug in your food processor and pulse until you’ve got some beautiful pea-sized flour crumbs. Here’s what I mean:

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Cold Cold Cold

Make sure the butter is extra cold. Like pie crust and scone-making, if you use warmer butter– it will melt before the bars even hit the oven. Basically resulting in a greasy strawberry glob.

To the butter/flour crumbs, add the wet ingredients. You’ll need an egg + extra yolk, brown sugar, and vanilla. A note on the egg: yep, you’ll need 1 whole egg plus an extra egg yolk. I found the mixture to be too dry without that extra egg yolk and too wet (and sorta cakey) with a whole 2nd egg.

Honestly, the best tool for mixing these wet ingredients into the butter/flour crumbs is your HANDS! It took me for-ev-er to mix with a spoon and spatula, not to mention the butter/flour explosion on my counter. So yeah, use your hands to really get that mixture combined.

And here’s a tip: don’t overwork the mixture because your hands may heat up the dough. And remember, we want cold!

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Then press about 2/3 of the mixture into a pan. The rest will be used for the crumb topping over the fresh strawberries.

How to make lemon strawberry crumb bars on sallysbakingaddiction.com

A taste of delicious sunshine with easy fresh strawberry crumb bars made from real strawberries and topped with sweet lemon glaze! Easter spring dessert recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The bars are on the thick side, so they take a good 45-50 minutes in the oven. Then, and here’s where your patience really has to kick in, wait until the bars completely cool before digging in. Though… DANG these are tasty when warm! But they’ll completely fall apart if they haven’t cooled down.

A taste of delicious sunshine with easy fresh strawberry crumb bars made from real strawberries and topped with sweet lemon glaze! Easter spring dessert recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

After a day or two… if these strawberry bars last that long… the juicy filling softens and keeps the layers extra moist. They’re even better on day 2!

Lemon Strawberry Crumb Bars

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (230g) butter, very cold and cubed
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 large egg yolk1
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups (650g) chopped strawberries2
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch

Lemon Glaze

  • 1 cup (120g) confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 9x13 inch pan pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides to lift the finished bars out of the pan as a whole. This makes cutting easier.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add the butter and cut in with a pastry cutter or pulse in a food processor until pea-sized crumbs form. See photo above for a visual.
  3. Whisk the brown sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla together. Pour into the flour/butter mixture and mix it all together by hand. I find using a spoon or rubber spatula to take much longer. Your hands are quicker and more effective! Press 2/3 of this mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Make sure it is very tight and compact.
  4. Mix the strawberries, granulated sugar, lemon zest, and cornstarch together until combined. Spoon evenly over crust. Crumble the remaining butter/flour mixture on top and gently press down so it's snug on the strawberry layer.
  5. Bake for 42-50 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the strawberry filling is bubbling on the sides. Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack. Allow to cool completely. I stick mine in the refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.
  6. Whisk the glaze ingredients together and drizzle on top (or you can drizzle on individual squares). Lift the cooled bars out using the overhang on the sides. Cut into squares.
  7. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make ahead tip: Prepare the bars 1-3 days in advance and store covered tightly in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bars can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Recipe Notes:

  1. You'll need 1 whole egg + an extra egg yolk.
  2. This is about 1 and 1/2 - 2 lbs whole strawberries.

Smaller batch: If a 9x13 pan is too much, you can easily halve the recipe in a 9x9 pan. And, if you do that, just use 1 egg instead of 1 egg + egg yolk. Bake at 350°F (177°C) for 35-37 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the filling is bubbling on the sides.

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Oh and PS: try this crumb cake next.

Glazed Strawberry Crumb Cake

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A taste of delicious sunshine with easy fresh strawberry crumb bars made from real strawberries and topped with sweet lemon glaze! Easter spring dessert recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

49 comments

  1. yay congrats on finishing the book!! hope you get some quality r&r in (:

    and if i was iffy about this recipe (which i wasn’t, but anyways), the “strawberry lemonade in bar form” description would bring me around. just waiting for the truckloads of summer strawberries now!

  2. These crumb bars sound fabulous! I love the lemon-strawberry flavor combination. And MAJOR congratulations on finishing the book! Have a wonderful vacation – well-deserved! xo

  3. WOW SALLY, these bars look absolutely amazing, my mouth is literally watering.

    (I don’t mean to always correct you, but you mentioned, ‘After a day or two… if these strawberry bars last that long… the juicy filling softens and keeps the layers extra moist. They’re even better on day 2!’ twice, I know we all human and it happens, but I just thought I would let you know 🙂 Enjoy your mini vacation away, you so deserve it and CONGRATULATIONS ON FINISHING YOUR BOOK xxx

  4. Dear Sally, congratulations on finishing your manuscript, that is a huge accomplishment! Please enjoy every bit of your vacation and take rest! 🙂 And this recipe will be made for sure when the first strawberries arrive over here… Sina

  5. It’s strawberry season here and some days it feels like summer so a “summery” treat would fit right in! #florida#whatiswinter #snowstorm?

  6. Congratulations Sally and have a wonderful, WELL-DESERVED mini vacation!! xoxo These bars look fantastic for the upcoming warmer months! 🙂

  7. I’m glad you are going on a nice trip after all your work! Have so much fun 🙂 I’m home for spring break at the moment, and these bars are just what I want to subsist on for the next few days 😉 Gorgeous + strawberries + crumble + lemon = !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Oh that glaze on these look amazing!  Anything with strawberries def remind me of summer.  And we’re supposed to get hit with some of that Winter storm this week.  

    Yay for finishing your book, have so much fun on your getaway, definitely well deserved.

    And lastly I have a request…. I made a copycat Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie recipe this weekend, they were good but all I could think was how I wish Sally had a recipe for these for me to use. =)

  9. Congrats Sally on finishing your cookbook! Enjoy your much deserved vacation! I love the lemon strawberry combination!

  10. I LOVE lemon. And strawberry. And because there is fruit in this recipe, it can be eaten for breakfast 😉 I cannot wait to try these crumb bars, they look amazing Sally.

  11. hey girl- yummy!

  12. Just bought fresh strawberries yesterday. Perfect timing. Will make tomorrow during the snow storm. This should be a hit especially with my grandchildren who love strawberries. Thank you.

  13. This looks great! Would blueberries work this, as well, and if so, how much of them would you need?

  14. These look delicious – I love the combo of lemon and strawberry!
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  15. Yay! My husband loves lemon desserts, so I’m always excited to see these 🙂

  16. Yum! Strawberries look so great right now!
    Kari
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  17. I made your healthy berry streusel bar & cashew coconut bar today (about 2-3 hours ago!) I’ll definitely give this a try since it has no nuts, my 5 year will be super excited that I finally make a snack bar she can eat haha. Congrats on completing the book!

  18. Lucky you for your vacay! I heard north of Baltimore was going to get more snow, so we’ll see how much you end up with! I’m in the 6″ range, so hopefully it’s just enough to get me off of work tomorrow 😉

  19. Such gorgeous bars, Sally – these are exactly what my Monday needs! 🙂

  20. Congratulations on finishing the book, Sally! I don’t know whether photo-taking or cookbook-writing is more stressful for you, but for me, the latter would be so props to you for getting most of the hard work all finished. Enjoy your few days off. I literally just bought a pint of strawberries at the grocery store yesterday. Even though it was still snowing 3 days ago, I couldn’t resist: I AM DONE WITH WINTER – BRING ON SPRING. These bars are going to be the best little pick-me-up and transition into (hopefully) warmer weather 🙂

  21. I find it amazing how much you are still publishing even though you had your cookbook deadline coming up. How you manage to do all of that at the same time is beyond me. I know that you blog fulltime, but still… So yay that you finally are done with the recipe part!

    I am very desperate for some strawberries, but sadly, the ones I can get here in Germany are still very, very poor in quality. I guess I have to wait a little longer. But once they are available, I am so going to make this! This really looks like spring! I love fruit bars, they are the best!!!

  22. Sally, these look delicious. And the cold, cold, cold reminds me of the class you taught in the Chicago-area last fall on pie crusts. I have made a few pie crusts since then and I always think cold, cold, cold makes it flaky, flaky, flaky. ~smile~

  23. Happy Monday, Sally! And what a HUGE accomplishment! Just thinking about testing and writing 75 recipes makes my head spin. Lol. Have a wonderful mini-vacay at Deep Creek Lake. Can’t wait to see the gorgeous shots you take. In the meantime, I’ll be drooling over these summertime sweet bars hoping they’ll chase the chilly weather in Maine away! xoxo

  24. Yumm

  25. Beautiful combination in those bars! Nice work (:

  26. I will be making theses very soon! I love your strawberry lemon poppy seed scones so I’m guessing these will be amazing too! Was just wondering if you tried frozen strawberries in this recipe?? Do you think they would work? Thank you again for the beat recipes ever!

  27. The above comment was supposed to say best  recipes not beat!

  28. Hi Sally,
    Congrats on finishing your cookbook!

    I have a question about the lemon glaze. Recently every time I try to make a lemon glaze it turns out tasting like SOAP! I thought it was just me, but my husband had the same reaction. I’ve looked it up and some people say it happens when the lemons are old, mine weren’t. Other people say it is our powdered sugar and it’s cornstarch additive.

    Any suggestions?

    • That’s so interesting! I’ve never had that issue before. Super fresh lemons are definitely a must and maybe try a different brand confectioners’ sugar? I love Domino brand.

    • Hi! just chiming in here! I’ve had experience with ‘funny’ tasting glazes before & for me it was the powdered sugar.  I used to open a bag & just wrap a rubber band around it closed until I used it again. Once I got an actual air tight container to keep it in I stopped having the issue with the funny taste.  Also, I use the Domino brand as well if that matters.  Hope this helps!! 🙂

  29. The only thing better than dipping everything in white chocolate is drizzling lemon glaze on everything. Yes. You have my heart with those two things!

    I should have made these yesterday during the winter storm but knew I couldn’t trust myself with an entire pan of them. My entire office is on a health kick so I can’t trust them to eat anything either. 🙂

    Congratulations on finishing another cookbook! You KNOW I can’t wait to see it! ENJOY your well deserved break. (I think you mentioned some news the other day too…I’m betting on a little cookie in the oven…) 🙂

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