Strawberry Lemon Cookie Bars With Lemon Glaze

Strawberries just taste like summer don't they?

We eat them year round (yes even when they are not in season!) If we only ate fruit and veggies when they were in season... well then here in NH we would never eat veggies and fruit.

So yes I buy out of season California Berries. *tisk tisk*

Nothing against California, but when you buy fruit shipped across the country... it tends to not be that fantastic.

And has anyone else noticed the size of the berries?

Why is it that when I pick fresh berries here in NH they are about the size of a quarter MAYBE a 50 cent piece.... but these out of season Cali berries are seriously the size of my face. No joke!

Well not really, but man they are big.... and they taste like... water.

Yeah it's true, out of season berries taste like nothing.

 Someone out there... can you explain this to me? Because I don't get it!

There is nothing better than going to a pick your own farm and picking a couple flats of berries in late June and coming home to make pies, jellies, and the freezing the rest for future goodies.

Oh I love strawberry season!

When I was a little girl we would drive to Indiana in the summers to visit my grandparents (yes I said DRIVE from NH... to IN. 16 long ass hours let me tell ya!) One earliest memories is of picking strawberries out of their garden and eating them with just a bit of sugar sprinkled over the top.

I will forever love that simple treat!

My Nana (who lives here in NH) is huge on fresh berries. When I was a kid when I went to visit she would make us virgin strawberry daiquiris in the summer. Holy cow, nothing better than a daiquiri made with fresh strawberries!

So here is a simple cookie bar filled with that summertime flavor I am so desperately craving right now!

**This recipe is easily adaptable for those who do not like lemon or those who may not like berries. It's a basic sugar cookie bar recipe that I spruced up a bit. If you do not like lemon, omit the lemon juice and zest and replace with 1 tbs of pure vanilla extract. For the glaze... to give it that berries and cream flavor. Replace the lemon juice with 1-2 tbs of heavy cream**

Strawberry Lemon Cookie Bars w/ Lemon Glaze

Ingredients for the bars:

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbs lemon zest
1 cup of room temperature butter
1 tbs of lemon juice
1 egg
1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries (don't use frozen please) 


Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer cream sugar and butter together.  

Mix in egg, lemon juice and zest. 

Mix in flour mixture.

Fold in diced strawberries by hand.

Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with foil.

Press dough into the bottom of the pan.

Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. 

Let the bars cool before cutting and glazing.

For the Glaze

1 cup of confectioners sugar and the juice of half a lemon.  Whisk together and pour over cut and cooled bars.

*This recipe was inspired by these Lemon Glazed cookies and these Strawberry Shortcake Cookies by Two Peas and Their Pod .



What is your favorite summertime treat?




  1. Strawberry season is the best! And what a great way to "celebrate" strawberries with these delicious bars!

  2. These look delicious...I live for strawberry season!! Favorite summertime treat - definitely ice cream!

  3. I can't wait to pick strawberries!!! Store bought ones have nothing on a warm juicy strawberry from the ground!!! Come back to Indiana and pick strawberries and I will go with you:-)
    These bars look amazing!!!!

  4. We eat berries all season long too - and in CA they still taste like water. But they are her favorite fruit! Except I think ours come from Mexico... ??!! Love these cookie bars! I can't wait for sweet, fresh strawberries!

  5. Everything about strawberries screams summer to me, the sweet taste - - the burst of colour - - everything.
    I completely agree, with the water tasting berries, *yuuucccckkkkk* and really, why are they so big?!?!

    I'll have to go berry picking, just so I can make this (great excuse if you ask me ;))

  6. These look scrumptious... I love the lemon strawberry combo.

  7. These are the best cookie bars I have seen to this date. Seriously! They look perfect! Btw, I hope there is no one out there who doesn't like berries. :) YUMMY!

  8. These sound great. I love berries with lemon. I used to buy strawberries year round as well, but they really do taste like water. :(

    After waiting all winter, I was thrilled to find some perfectly delicious ones at last. I'm ready for true strawberry season though!

  9. Every year I get so excited about tomatoes coming into season. I can't wait.

  10. Yum! We're in full swing with fresh strawberries around here so this is now on the list of things to make, can't wait! I love combining fresh friut with lemon, makes the flavors just pop! Pinned.

  11. You say it's simple and delicious and honestly most of the best things I've ever eaten are just that.

    Looks great!

  12. ooh, these sound wonderful. i love it when strawberry season strikes, so we can get fresh, delicious, local strawberries right out of the farm. yum!

  13. Oh my. I'm absolutely loving the depth of these bars! And the marriage of strawberries and lemon were just meant for each other. Well done!

  14. These look amazing and are now on my Must try List!

  15. These look fabulous! I grew up in NH and have been living in San Diego for 19 years now. We have lots of strawberry fields here where I live and yes, the season is early and they don't taste very sweet.. BUT.. right now.. OH MY!! They are huge, plump and juicy, sweet!!! I can't wait to try out this recipe!!

  16. The larger strawberries taste like water because that's what they are - water. Generally, if you water heavily, the fruits will be bigger but the sugar content stays the same, so you're literally watering down the flavor.

    Apples and grapes do the same thing. That's why the best wine grapes come from drier climates.

  17. YUMMY!!!! I just made these for dessert tonight! They turned out perfectly! I will make these again VERY, VERY soon!!!!!

  18. I just made these and they are wonderful!!!

  19. Hello!
    I Just made these, and they turned out absolutely devine. The only problem was that they turned out more like cake rather than a solid cookie. Does anyone know how this might have happened? Did I use the wrong kind of flour? Like I said, still wonderful, just a different texture than I was expecting!

  20. Looks delicious!
    I also think I have one place setting of the china pattern on that plate. I used to do table settings at our county fair and collected numerous patterns, but only one or two of each (mostly found at thrift stores). I remember it because I won a blue ribbon using it for a Bridal Shower Brunch theme.

  21. I made these today as I just bought strawberries and wanted to make a quick dessert. These are light, buttery, and not too sweet (I like that). However, I was, rightfully, skeptical about using only 1/2 cup of strawberries. I used 1 cup instead but still there weren't enough for my taste. I think there should be strawberries every other bite or so since the first word of the recipe title is "Strawberry." Will make again but with 1 1/2-2 cups of berries.

  22. These were amazing. To make it a little less sugary (for the kids) I put a dollop of greek yogurt and a couple cut up strawberries on top and the kids loved it!

  23. I'm from California, and the berries from stands on the side of the road are amazing!!! So juicy and sweet. We must keep the good stuff for ourselves, ahha. ;-)

  24. These look so yummy! I just had to sneak out of the office and run to get the strawberries. Will be making these tonight!

  25. I made these last night. They did not come out like a cookie bar more like a crumbly cake. Any insight as to what i might have done wrong? They are still good, may cut back the butter a little next time. Will these bake as a regular cookie instead of baking in a pan?

    1. It's hard to say what went wrong without watching you in the kitchen. This recipe has received a lot of positive reviews and I have tested it multiple times without error. I am sorry they did not turn out for you. The recipe is adapted from an actual sugar cookie recipe, they are soft sugar cookies but still a cookie. If you do it in cookie form they will work just fine. You can also refer to the original recipe linked above.