Start with our Mixed Citrus Bars recipe and give it a grapefruit twist with this riff on a classic recipe. You might be more familiar with lemon bars—the gooey, tart and sweet confections. You'll be hard pressed to find a bake sale where these cheery treats don't make an appearance. You might be wondering, if classic lemon bars are so beloved, why we would mess with a classic. Well, one taste of these Grapefruit Bars and you'll soon know why. We'll always love our classic citrus bars, but we can definitely get behind this new favorite. To make Grapefruit Bars, simply substitute grapefruit zest for lemon zest. Instead of ¾ cup lemon juice, use ½ cup fresh grapefruit juice and ¼ cup fresh lemon juice. We stirred in a small amount of deep pink food coloring gel to give these bars a grapefruit-like hue but, of course, you can skip that step if you so desire. This recipe makes about 2 dozen bars. Bake an extra batch and bring to a friend or coworker for a sweet surprise that they'll definitely love. Be sure to include the recipe with your treat. Trust us, these bars are going to be a hit. 

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Credit: Hector Manuel Sanchez

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15 mins
1 hr 25 mins
Makes about 2 dozen bars


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  • Prepare recipe as directed, substituting grapefruit zest for lemon zest in the crust and 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice and 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice for the 3/4 cup lemon juice. Using a small wooden pick, stir a small amount of deep pink food coloring gel into filling mixture before pouring into crust in Step 4. Proceed with recipe as directed.