Lemon Bars with Prickly Pear Juice

Lemon Bars with Prickly Pear Juice

Adding juice from a prickly pear to traditional lemon bars gives a bit of a sweet taste to the otherwise tangy dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon, prickly pear
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 222kcal
Author Stephanie Lynch




  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 4 tbsp butter softened


  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp prickly pear juice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  • 2 tbsp pecans chopped


  • Prepare the prickly pear juice: Slice both ends of the pear off. Make a long slit vertically on one side of the fruit. Grab one side and peel the skin off of the fruit inside. Place the inside into a blender and pulse until it is liquefied. Then use a fine mesh strainer to get the juice from the pulp and seeds. For this recipe, one decent-sized pear should make enough juice.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the crust ingredients until crumbly
  • Press into a greased 8x8 baking dish
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile, use an electric mixer to combine all of the filling ingredients. 
  • Pour the filling over the warm crust then bake for 20 minutes or until the filling is set
  • Let the bars cool completely before cutting
  • Sprinkle with crushed pecans before serving


Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 84mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 0.9mg