Guest Post: Pink Lemonade Bars by Eats Well With Others

by Erin

Many people have told me that they are impressed I am capable of juggling all the demands of being a graduate student and having a food blog. But guess what? I’m not the only crazy, food-obsessed grad student. I introduced you to Zainab from Blahnik Baker a little while ago, and today Joanne from Eats Well With Others is here!

Joanne makes some of the most pretty, creative, and delicious looking things I have seen. Knowing what it is like being in graduate school, I’m impressed by all the recipes she whips up. Heck I’d be impressed even if she weren’t also in grad school. Her strawberry-rhubarb dream cake is exactly that. She takes grilled cheese to a new level with grilled goat cheese sandwiches with fig and honey. As a bonus she makes some awesome peanut butter and chocolate treats such as gooey chocolate peanut butter bars. Stick around and see what what she’s made for you today!

One year ago: Rosemary Brie Chicken Burgers



Hi all! I’m Joanne, the {crazy} voice behind Eats Well With Others.

As a fellow biology PhD student, I’d like to think that Erin and I are kindred spirits. With the only difference being that she is living the dream and GRADUATING while I am so far away from that point that you can’t even see it with a pair of spy-grade binoculars.

Or {nerd alert} a confocal microscope on 80x magnification.

In case you’re not familiar with such a thing (consider yourself lucky). That’s pretty far.

Anyway, to celebrate Erin’s myriad accomplishments and to help put a smile on her face during these stressful times, I baked up some pink lemonade bars! Not only will their vibrant hue make you happy-at-first-glance, but their sweet-tart flavor is the perfect reminder that though things may seem unreasonably crazy at the moment, there will most certainly be a silver lining when you come out on the other side.


Pink Lemonade Bars

Makes 16, adapted from Smitten Kitchen


For the base:

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp lemon zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup flour

For the filling:

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Grease with butter or cooking spray.
  2. For the base, pulse together the sugar, lemon zest, and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until it is evenly distributed throughout the dough. Add in the flour and pulse until just combined and crumbly. Press into the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to brown. Let cool while you make the filling.
  3. In the same food processor, puree the raspberries. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl to get rid of the seeds.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice. Add in 3 tbsp of the raspberry puree. Stir in the flour until just combined. Pour the filling on top of the crust and bake until just set, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.


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Fran @ G'day Souffle' September 15, 2013 - 3:15 pm

These bars look ‘so pretty in pink’! Almost too pretty to eat! Good luck Erin on your impending graduation!

Anne ~ Uni Homemaker September 13, 2013 - 1:47 am

These sound amazing! Lemon and raspberry? Delicious!

Veronica September 13, 2013 - 1:02 am

I must have babies on the brain b/c my first though was these would be an adorable addition to a baby shower for a girl! I love lemon bars but they are so much cuter in pink. I’m such a girl.

Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness September 12, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Raspberries and lemon two of my favorite flavors. I love these!!!

Colynn September 12, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Congrats on being almost done with school! These pink lemonade bars look awesome. They have lemons and raspberries, and they’re pink?! Sheer awesomeness. :)

2 Sisters Recipes September 12, 2013 - 9:18 pm

You ladies are so amazing ! Sensational bars with two flavors – lemon and raspberries – Genius! I could eat the entire batch- I love lemon bars. Good Luck to Erin and Joanne is a wonderful friend.

Hotly Spiced September 12, 2013 - 8:04 pm

I wondered how these bars ended up pink. Raspberries not food dye – excellent! These look very pretty xx

DessertForTwo September 12, 2013 - 6:21 pm

My favorite PhD’ers in the same post! This is great! I wish I was friends with you when I was in grad school! We could have baked & ate our feelings together :)

spiffycookie September 13, 2013 - 9:58 am

Mmm that would have been amazingly dangerous

Christine September 12, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Oh my, you had me at “1 c. raspberries”! Raspberries and lemonade, yum!

Lucy @ Lucyeats September 12, 2013 - 3:03 pm

Very cute pinky bars, ladies. It’s really cool that you guys help each other out during times of stress :)

Candice September 12, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Joanne is a genius!

Davida @ The Healthy Maven September 12, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Amazing recipe!!! I work in research and I had three of my friends in my lab pass their dissertations this past week = 3 bottles of champagne and ZERO work productivity. WIN! Good luck to ya!

Ash-foodfashionparty September 12, 2013 - 1:13 pm

These bars looks so good and Joanne is such a nice write, always a pleasure to visit her blog. Nice to meet you Erin.

Angie@Angie's Recipes September 12, 2013 - 12:53 pm

These pinky bars look really enticing! Who could ever resist raspberries!

Amy @Very Culinary September 12, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Joanne had me at pink. And lemonade. Oh, and bars. WANT!

Beth September 12, 2013 - 11:38 am

These look wonderful! Joanne has the best recipes, and it’s nice to meet your blog, Erin.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 12, 2013 - 9:52 am

These look delicious! And I am absolutely loving the filling as I’m raspberry obsessed right now!

Meg September 12, 2013 - 9:50 am

Oooh, these look positively scrumptious!

dixya| food, pleasure, and health September 12, 2013 - 8:44 am

good luck to Erin – such a celebratory time :) and Joanne is always a pleasure to read – these lemonade bars look divine..

Dan from Platter Talk September 12, 2013 - 8:39 am

What a wonderful post on such a chronically overlooked and unsung hero – the lemon! It’s great as a flavor enhancer to just about anything and looks especially sensational in these bars. Wish I had one to sample, right now!! Great post!!

Barbara September 12, 2013 - 7:25 am

How cute are those??!! Love the raspberries in it.

Consuelo @ Honey & Figs September 12, 2013 - 6:50 am

These look amazing! Pink lemonade everything is totally awesome :D

Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies September 12, 2013 - 6:39 am

Look at you ladies with your smarty pants on :) These bars look great! I’m a sucker for any kind of lemon bar

Alicia (foodycat) September 12, 2013 - 6:15 am

How absolutely beautiful! Definitely pinning these. I love a lemon bar but the raspberries take it to a whole other level.

Good luck with the final run at the thesis!

Joanne September 12, 2013 - 5:32 am

Thank you thank you for letting me guest post love!! So much fun.

spiffycookie September 12, 2013 - 8:36 am

Absolutely! Come back anytime haha.

Tracey September 10, 2013 - 8:29 pm

You ladies are both rock stars, and super smart ones at that! :) These lemonade bars sound fantastic, and such a pretty color too!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 10, 2013 - 12:15 pm

I know so many smart ladies :D (My cousin is getting her PHD in biomedical engineering at Columbia)


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