Cherry Limeade Bars

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It was three o’clock two Thursdays ago. The sun was high and hot, leaving us only one thing to do with ourselves…Cherry Limeade’s at Sonic. Pulling into the parking lot, I shifted the car into neutral, rolled the windows down, and turned the radio up. A waitress on rollerskates brought us cups heaped high with pink soda. My seven-year-old sat in the front seat, nodding his head to the beat and sipping deeply from his straw. His legs dangled over the edge of the seat, and I had no choice but to fall madly in love with the afternoon.

Someone ought to bottle the magic of Cherry Limeade moments, I thought.

Since I don’t have a soda bottler at home, I figured baking it into cherry red and lime green custard bars might be equally delightsome.

Turns out, it is. Just look at those pretty little dessert squares. They’ll make your shoulders shimmy to Katy Perry. They’ll make your head nod to Ella Fitzgerald. They’ll take any hot summer day and make it simmer with edible enchantment.

No sipping required.

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Cherry Limeade Bars
Tangy and sweet, a twist on the classic lemon bar, these easy dessert squares simply scream summer. A light, buttery crust is cooked with a thin layer of maraschino cherry puree, then topped with a lime custard. These little treats are just as refreshing as a tall glass of limeade. You’re going to love them.
1 c. flour
½ c. butter, softened
¼ c. powdered sugar
Dash of salt

6 oz. can maraschino cherries , undrained
½ Tbsp. cornstarch

3 eggs
1 ¼ c. sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
¼ c. key lime juice *
Green Gel Food Coloring
In a large bowl, combine flour, butter , powdered sugar, salt and flour until well mixed. Press into the bottom of a 9×9 inch baking pan. Pour the entire, undrained can of maraschino cherries into a blender, add cornstarch and blend until well chopped (but not pureed). Using a spatula, carefully spread the cherry mixture over the crust mixture. Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, beat together remaining ingredients. Pour over cooked crust & cherry mixture. Return to oven and bake an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the mixture has set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars, garnishing with powdered sugar, and serving to your favorite people.

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42 Responses to “Cherry Limeade Bars”

  1. sara says:

    Gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat.

  2. jksfam says:

    Wow! Those look AMAZING!!!

  3. Camille says:

    Leave it to you to throw a creative twist on a summer dessert. :) Even after overdosing my gut on my parents' birthday cake tonight, these still look good!

  4. ♥peachkins♥ says:

    Oh these are gorgeous!

  5. jelena says:

    i agree…the colors are sureal ….we eat with our eyes also…

  6. Tiffany says:

    This look delightful! I made your s'mores pie yesterday for a party and it was fabulous… and now I am eating the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Thanks, you rock!

  7. Helen Ellis says:

    Delish! And the colors are vibrant. A perfect addition to our annual Christmas party!
    Thanks,
    Helen

  8. Lora says:

    just fantastic. Love the colors and the flavors…

  9. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says:

    you are a genius!

  10. Eliana says:

    These look simply perfect. I especially love the bright color contrast. So much fun :)

  11. Anna says:

    These look so pretty! I've been trying to figure out a way to clean out my maraschino cherry stash (I don't like them, but they're so cute, I keep buying them). I'll have to make this for work, I'm sure they'll love them. Thanks!

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  13. Marci @mission getting healthy says:

    Love Sonic cherry lime-aide so I am sure I will love these. Can't wait to try them.

  14. simplysandi says:

    So amazing!

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  16. kel says:

    OMG I am a cherry limeade addict! I have to make these!!!

  17. Michelle says:

    I am making these and I was wondering if there are three total cups of flour in the crust or if the last cup is meant to be something else? Thanks!

  18. Cheeky Kitchen says:

    Michelle-
    Thanks for asking! I just revised the ingredient list, having mistyped it when I first uploaded it. Sorry!

    There is a single cup of flour in the crust. That's it! Enjoy!

  19. Shaina says:

    I love it! I adore limeade, especially the flavored varieties at Sonic, and these look absolutely dreamy.

  20. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Those are positively psychedelic!

  21. mangiabella says:

    *bashfully raising my hand* ~ guilty as charged, i am a closet cherry limeade indulger (is that a word?) – this is a must for my next camping trip *wink*

  22. the sleepy time gal says:

    so i just discovered your blog and am in LOVE!!!!

  23. Allison says:

    These were easy and very good, but not quite limey enough for my taste. Next time I'll either reduce the amount of cherry or add more lime.

  24. Mary says:

    These are amazing. I've never seen the likes of them before. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  25. Anonymous says:

    How did you get them so green? I made them (and loved them), but they didn't turn out bright green. Did you add food coloring?

  26. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    Oh these are so pretty :)

  27. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    These immediately made my mouth water! Great idea!!!

  28. Suzanne & Andrew Dupuis says:

    I am making these RIGHT NOW! A little worried about the liquid of the cherries! … seemd a bit watery when I poured them on to the crust! I guess we will see shortly! Thanks for the creativity!

  29. Suzanne & Andrew Dupuis says:

    I am making these RIGHT NOW! A little worried about the liquid of the cherries! … seemd a bit watery when I poured them on to the crust! I guess we will see shortly! Thanks for the creativity!

  30. Suzanne & Andrew Dupuis says:

    I am making these RIGHT NOW! A little worried about the liquid of the cherries! … seemd a bit watery when I poured them on to the crust! I guess we will see shortly! Thanks for the creativity!

  31. Suzanne & Andrew Dupuis says:

    Ok… not sure what I did wrong… followed perfectly… NO LUCK… they are very runny.

  32. Suzanne & Andrew Dupuis says:

    Ok… not sure what I did wrong… followed perfectly… NO LUCK… they are very runny.

  33. Suzanne & Andrew Dupuis says:

    Ok… not sure what I did wrong… followed perfectly… NO LUCK… they are very runny.

  34. apparentlyjessy says:

    Yep! I am SO bookmarking this recipe to try when summer comes around, I cannot wait for it this year!

  35. Diana says:

    I just made these and they are de.lic.ious! There is nothing better than a cherry limeade on a hot day. I can't wait to take these to a dinner party this weekend. I am sure they'll be a hit. Thanks for the fun and yummy twist on a summer favorite.

  36. VICKI IN AZ says:

    My daughter and I made these yesterday. ♥ ♥ and ♥ Thank you for the recipe! We had fun making them and I had fun serving them to the people I love on my ME cherry saucers! ;)

    I am making them for a wedding reception tomorrow.

    You are amazing.

  37. The Cooking Photographer says:

    I should have known these were yours! I was looking up cherry limeade bars and saw this beautiful photo on Tastespotting.

    I should have just gone straight here!

    Hope all is well your way.

    Laura

  38. Tabriah says:

    I made these this weekend for my daughter’s 2nd birthday – Cherry Limeade theme…anyway, they were fantastic! In fact, they were almost all gone before we did the cake and other desserts. They were the hit of the party!! I wll certainly be making them again! Thank you!!!!!

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  41. Dilip says:

    Oh yeah, I really like these Lisa and the exnetded branch works so well too. They are all so perfect I couldn’t choose a favourite…each colour way suits the sentiment so well :0)Jenny x

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