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Grapefruit Bars

Grapefruit Bars
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The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Bread Over Heels, a food scientist and blogger. For more of her recipes and baking tips, visit her website or her Instagram @breadoverheels.

A fun twist on a classic lemon bar, these Grapefruit Bars come together quickly using fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice from Heinen’s.

Grapefruit Bars

Compared to lemons, grapefruits have a relatively high sugar content, which allowed me to reduce the added sugar in this dessert and let the sweet-tart grapefruit shine.

Best served cold out of the refrigerator, make the most of citrus season and look forward to spring with these zippy bite-size bars!

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Grapefruit Bars

Grapefruit Bars


For the Crust

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Dash of salt
  • 9 Tbsp. butter, chilled and cut into pieces

For the Filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup Heinen’s fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Red food coloring, optional
  • Powdered sugar, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. Grease parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Prepare the crust. Combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and salt in a medium-size bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter using your hands or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden on edges.
  4. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. Whisk eggs in a medium-size bowl. Add sugar, flour and salt. Whisk well to combine.
  5. Add grapefruit juice and 2 drops of red food coloring, if desired. Stir well to combine.
  6. Remove crust from oven and reduce temperature to 325˚F. Pour grapefruit filling directly into hot crust. Return to oven and bake for 20-24 minutes or until curd is completely set.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on cooling rack. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour. Dust with powdered sugar for garnish.

Grapefruit Bars

Kathleen Ann

By Kathleen Ann

Kathleen, otherwise known as Bread Over Heels, is a Chicago-based food scientist and blogger who specializes in tasty treats.

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