Pink Grapefruit Dessert Bars

These Pink Grapefruit Dessert Bars are easy to make and full of citrusy grapefruit flavor! Make this dessert bar recipe for any occasion and you will have a sweet and decadent treat.

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Yes, another grapefruit recipe from me 😬. Since there lemon bars and lime bars, why not grapefruit bars? This recipe is for Pink Grapefruit Dessert Bars, but you can use any type of grapefruit you have on hand.

The grapefruit curd that is created after baking these little treats is to die for! I’m pretty sure I see a grapefruit curd recipe in my future. Until then, check out my recipe for Grapefruit Pound Cake for another grapefruity treat!

grapefruit bars with powdered sugar on top

Ingredients Needed to Make Pink Grapefruit Dessert Bars

  • unsalted butter, room temp
  • all-purpose flour
  • confectioners powdered sugar
  • salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • eggs
  • freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 
  • grapefruit zest
  • pink food coloring
grapefruit bar with powdered sugar speinkled on top

How to Make Grapefruit Bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and prepare a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place the crust ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and use a pastry cutter, a fork, or your hands to combine everything. Place the mixture into the prepared pan and press it evenly into the bottom. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Place the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and mix in completely. Add the juice, zest, and 2-3 drops of pink food coloring.
  4. Once the crust has baked, remove it from the oven and carefully pour the filling over the hot crust. Bake for another 25 minutes or until the filling is no longer jiggly in the middle. Allow the bars to cool for at least an hour. and then place them in the refrigerator for 2 more hours to chill and set.
stacked grapefruit bars with powdered sugar on top

Tips for Make the Best Bars Ever

  • I used an 8×10 baking dish to make these because I knew I wanted a thick layer of grapefruit filling in each bar. This made the cooking time a little longer, but it was worth it!
  • Parchment paper makes removing the bars from the pan SO much easier. Not to mention the bars don’t stick to the pan!
  • Since the eggs make the filling mixture a little orangy-yellow, the added food coloring makes the bars a beautiful pink color, but that step is completely optional.
  • Sprinkle the powdered sugar on top right before serving since it does dissolve into the bar after a little while.
  • When zesting the grapefruit, only get the top layer and not the bitter white pith.
  • Store any leftover bars in a covered container in the fridge. They are best within 24 hours of baking and will last 2-3 days in the fridge.
sliced grapefruit bars on a plate

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Pink Grapefruit Dessert Bars

Grapefruit DEssert bars for a citrusy and sweet treat!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 249kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • deep baking dish (8×10 or 9×13)
  • parchment paper
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • pastry cutter
  • whisk
  • juicer and zester
  • mesh strainer

Ingredients

Crust

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup confectioners powdered sugar (and a little extra for sprinkling on top)
  • ¼ tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)

Filling

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained (1-2 grapefruit depending on the size)
  • 1 tbsp grapefruit zest
  • 2-3 drops pink food coloring

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F and prepare a baking dish with parchment paper. Tip: use a little butter or non-stick spray on the bottom of the pan before placing the parchment paper in so it doesn't move around.
    pan with parchment paper in the bottom
  • Place the butter, flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter, a fork, or your hands to combine everything. You want a crumbly mixture with small pieces of butter throughout. You can also do this in a food processor but I find it's not necessary. Place the mixture into the prepared pan and press it evenly into the bottom. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
    crust for bars in a pan with parchment paper

Filling

  • While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Place the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and beat in. Pour in the juice, zest, and 2-3 drops of pink food coloring and whisk everything together one more time.
    grapefruit bar filling with pink food coloring added
  • Once the crust has baked, remove it from the oven and carefully pour the filling over the hot crust. Place the pan back into the oven and bake for another 25 minutes or until the filling is no longer jiggly in the middle. Start checking around 20 minutes, the cooking time will depend on the size of your pan and your oven.
    baked grapefruit bars in a pan
  • Once the bars are done cooking, remove the pan from the oven and allow them to cool for at least an hour. They will cool faster if you place the pan on top of a cooling rack. Place the bars in the refrigerator for 2 more hours to chill and set. Use the parchment paper edges to lift the bars out of the pan. Slice the bars into 12 even pieces. Sprinkle with powdered sugar right before serving. Enjoy!
    grapefruit bars with powdered sugar on top

Notes

  • Store any leftover bars in a covered container in the fridge. They are best within 24 hours of baking and will last 2-3 days in the fridge.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.1g | Protein: 3.6g | Fat: 9.5g | Saturated Fat: 5.4g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 28.9g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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