Arnold Palmer Bars

"Iced tea and lemonade pair up once again, but this time it's in the form of a dessert bar."
photo by Izy Hossack photo by Izy Hossack
photo by Izy Hossack photo by Izy Hossack
photo by Izy Hossack photo by Izy Hossack
photo by Genius Kitchen photo by Genius Kitchen
photo by Genius Kitchen photo by Genius Kitchen
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  • For the crust:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl. Cream together until smooth. Add the flour and salt then stir together until a dough forms.
  • Press the dough into a 9 x 9-inch square baking pan so you get an even layer covering the whole base.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until just starting to turn brown around the edges.
  • For the top layer:

  • Heat the unsweetened tea in a small pot over a medium heat. Let simmer until reduced down to 1/4 cup.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, eggs, lemon juice and zest, stirring until smooth. Mix in the tea.
  • Pour this over the baked crust.
  • Reduce the oven to 300 degrees F and bake for another 20-25 minutes until the top is set.
  • Let cool then cut into 16 squares and dust with powdered sugar.

Questions & Replies

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  1. MissMo13
    1 lemon is not a very accurate measurement as far as quantity of juice... do you have a liquid measurement for the lemon juice?
  2. Mary W.
    Are these instructions correct? For the top layer it says 3 tablespoons of flour yet the video shows way more than that
  3. Ross From Mason City
    What was the reason to reduce the brewed tea by half rather than brew double-strong tea (what ever single-strong is) ? We steep a single tea bag in an 8 Oz cup for a set amount of time. Should we just double the amount of steeping time or does the simmer/reduction offer something? Thank you.


  1. Izy Hossack
    I served these to my friends as dessert when they came over for lunch and everyone loved them! I even got a text from one of them saying they couldn’t stop thinking about these bars. Definitely winners in my books! The lemon flavor is present but the acidity isn’t too strong thanks to the addition of the tea.


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