Raspberry Orange Shortbread Bars
The products used in this post were provided by KitchenAid, but all opinions are my own.
These Raspberry Orange Shortbread Bars are drizzled with a delicious vanilla glaze! They are a sweet, fruity bar that’s perfect for summer! And to make them even more fun, they are made with juice pulp.
I had so much fun making these bars. I got the chance to try two great KitchenAid products – their Easy Clean Juicer and the 11 cup Food Processor. I’ve been really curious about trying out a juicer and I’ve been dying for a bigger food processor, so this was the perfect recipe to try them out on.
Both products were awesome. The juicer is really fun to use and makes great juice. I kind of want to use it every day. Plus, I love that I can use the pulp from the juice to bake with. Nothing goes to waste and you get juice and tasty dessert bars all from the same fruit. Score!
So let me tell you how I made these beautiful babies.
First step – make the juice and get the pulp. This step might just be the most fun.
The juicer is very easy to use. It’s got a compartment on the left where the pulp collects and a pitcher on the right where the juice is collected. For fruits with thicker rinds, like the oranges, you need to cut the skin off first. Once the fruit is ready, you just turn the juicer on and pop in the fruit.
I’m not going to lie – it was fun to watch the juicer in action. I kind of wanted to keep adding fruit just so that I could watch it go. 🙂 It’d be really fun to do with kids, I think.
I ended up with a delicious raspberry orange juice and plenty of pulp for the bars. Honestly, I could drink this raspberry orange juice on it’s own every day, but I actually decided to add it some sweet tea and make a fun drink for summer. The recipe for the bars makes just enough juice to make this sweet tea and it’s perfect. It also goes great with these bars.
Next up was putting the bars together.
This is where the food processor came in. Oh sweet, wonderful food processor. I’ve had the smaller 3.5 cup food processor for forever and while it’s wonderful for smaller jobs, I’ve been dying for the big one. I couldn’t wait to try it out. It comes with a several blades, including the one I was most exited to try – the dough blade! I busted that baby out for these bars. It made making the shortbread for the crust and the top of the bars extra easy. I’m totally in love.
To make the shortbread, you just add all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until it all comes together. It’ll first start to get crumbly (pictured on the left) and then it’ll come together in a ball to form a dough (pictured on the right). Seriously, does making any kind of dough get any easier than that? This is going to make my life SO much easier!
For the crust of the bars, add about 3/4 of the dough to a 9 inch square cake pan and press it into an even layer. Baked it for about 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
While the crust bakes, the pulp is mixed in with some sugar and flour. It will be a fairly thin mixture.
Once the crust is baked, the fruit mixture is spread into an even layer and then topped with the remaining dough, which is crumbled over the fruit.
Once the bars are baked and cooled, drizzle them with a little glaze and they are ready to go!
The hubs and I totally loved these bars. We didn’t even share with anyone else. They are so refreshing and fruity, we couldn’t part with them. They also aren’t super thick, so they make a great little treat – especially when paired with the fruity sweet tea. Despite there being a fair amount of orange pulp in the bars, the raspberry flavor reigns supreme with a hint of orange. So yummy!
I’m super pumped to try other kinds of juices in the Juicer too. I’m thinking fresh lime juice for margaritas would be really easy with this baby. 🙂
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