Sweet Tea Lemon Bars

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Simple lemon bars with shortbread crust, a sweet tea infused lemon filling and fresh mint!  A lemony glaze rests on top!  A refreshingly simple dessert!

A shortbread crusts holds a sweet and tart filling infused with sweet tea.  A lemony glaze rests right on top! www.lemonsforlulu.com

There was a time when I actually drank my coffee black and my tea straight up.  I was hard core, although I’m not really sure how that ever got started.  I’ve always been very fond of very sweet things.  My love affair with bitter tasting beverages has waned over the years.  I’ve realized that I’ve been heavily influenced by those around me.  Which is probably how I got started drinking black coffee in the first place.  I’m such a conformist.

 These lemon bars start with a simple short bread crust, but the filing is infused with lemon sweet tea and mint.  A simple glaze rests on top! www.lemonsforlulu.com

I had my first taste of sweet tea when I was eating lunch at my friend’s house.  I politely accepted a tall, cold glass of tea but did not expect the mouth puckering sweetness that came with that first sip.  At first I thought there was absolutely no way I could drink this.  But not wanting to appear rude, I downed my entire glass and promptly asked for more.  It was the best tea I had tasted in a long time.  It got me wondering where sweet tea had been my whole life!

Sweet Tea Lemon Bar Tea Pic

Sweet Tea Glass Pic

Sweet tea is surfacing everywhere, and for that I am happy.  I am in love with sweet tea.  I prefer mine with a hint of lemon, but honestly I’ll drink it no matter what.  If it’s sweet, it’s mine!  I was happy to find this Pure Leaf Iced Tea with Lemon in my grocery store, it has the right amount of sweetness.  It has now become a household staple.  My family has been known to fight over the last bottle, naturally I win.  This tea is so refreshingly simple and pure, it’s as if I brewed it myself.  Which makes sense, because all Pure Leaf Iced Tea is made from REAL tea leaves to taste just like real brewed tea.  Perfect.

You know me, I can’t simply drink the Pure Leaf Iced Tea, I have to make something with it too!  It didn’t take me long to come up with the idea of making lemon bars, since the lemon flavored ice tea is my most favorite.  The crust for the bars is a very easy shortbread crust; just like the base of my Chocolate Caramel Shortbread bars.  It will look crumbly when you pat it into your pan, but it will bake up perfectly.  The filling is all about the tea!  As I mentioned, I used  Pure Leaf with Lemon in place of all lemon juice in traditional lemon bars, then I added an oversized spoonful of fresh mint.  While a dusting of powdered sugar on top would be sufficient, I decided to go all out and boost the citrus in these lemon bars by adding a lemony glaze.  Each bite bursts with flavor.

Lemon bars with a sweet tea twist!  www.lemonsforlulu.com

Now that I realize I can bake with sweet tea, I love it even more!  I am especially fond of Pure Leaf Ice Tea.  It’s made with the finest ingredients to be perfectly balanced, fresh and delicious.

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Sweet Tea Lemon Bars
For the crust:
  • ⅔ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
For the filling:
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup Pure Leaf Iced Tea with Lemon
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
For the glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • juice from 2 lemons (or 2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon sweet tea
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in flour. Dough will be crumbly as you press into an 8 x 8 square-baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and let cool while your prepare the filling.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add tea, lemon juice, zest and finally fresh mint. Pour over baked crust. Return bars to oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until set. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. When bars have cooled, combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and tea. Pour glaze over cooled bars, spreading to smooth.
  4. Keep bars refrigerated


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31 Responses

  1. Those look delicious! I love lemon bars on their own, but I imagine they are even better with sweet tea added. :)

  2. Love these bars! I’m one of those who drinks black coffee and tea, but love the idea of baking with it!

  3. I love cooking and baking with tea! What a great idea to use lemon tea in place of lemon juice here!

    • Thank you Julie! I was really happy with the tea!

  4. I love lemon bars in any form! I can certainly get behind the idea of adding sweet tea to the mix.

    • The sweet tea totally works! Thanks Kirsten!

  5. Sweet Tea and Lemon – two of my favorite things! These look delicious, Tanya!! I’m pinning so I can make soon! Thanks for sharing, and I will look for the Pure Leaf Tea in my store. I haven’t tried it yet.

  6. This is such an interesting idea! Sweet tea in lemon bars!! Genius!

  7. Holy sweet tea, these look fabulous!

  8. First of all, your pictures are always amazing. Really. And these sweet tea lemon bars look incredible, what a perfect treat for summer!

  9. Drink black coffee and plain tea? No way!!! Give me the sweet stuff all the way 😉 I absolutely love that you added sweet tea to these lemon bars. What a fun twist to a classic!!!

  10. This is a really awesome idea, Tanya! Sweet Tea Lemon Bars … Genius!

  11. Okay so you are basically the smartest person alive. I have been making sweet tea my whole life and never thought to put it in
    Lemon Bars. You made Arnold Palmer Bars!!!! You get 10 gold stars for that.
    I used to live up north and people cracked me up because they all order unsweetened tea (it’s basically all most places serve, but the customers are VERY specific anyway and say they want their tea UNsweet), but THEN they dump like 10 sugar packets into the tea and try to stir it but the sugar all floats to the bottom because it’s cold and that’s science. Sweet tea is WHERE IT’s AT! And these bars are perfect.

  12. These bars look amazing Tanya! I love anything lemon and adding sweet tea is such a great idea!

  13. Mmmm I have a new found love for Sweet Tea too! I never thought of baking with it. Clever you are! These look delicious!


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