Strawberry Blondies, with a Strawberry Lemon Glaze

These strawberry blondies, with a strawberry lemon glaze, are incredible, friends!

They take a little time and effort, but if you're willing to spend just a little time in the kitchen for a pretty, fun dessert, you should give these babies a go!

To start, preheat your oven to 350°F and then make your dough:

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, unbleached
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cream the butter and sugar until thick and somewhat fluffy, using your stand mixer. If you don't have one, a hand mixer will work just fine.
Beat in the egg until incorporated. 
Add in your almond extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest. 

In a separate bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, and salt using a whisk.

Add to your wet ingredients. Mix until well combined. *The dough will be thick.*

To finish, watch this short video for the instructions:

*Note - I tried this recipe out using 1 1/2 cups of fresh strawberries. Even though I coated them with flour before incorporating, the liquid still made the desserts a little moister than I'd usually prefer. However, they can dry out, so I would do no less than 1 cup.

You gently fold in your diced strawberries and then transfer the batter to a parchment paper lined 9x9 inch baking dish. Smooth out as much as you can, without crushing the fruit. Again, the dough is thick, so it may take a couple minutes. 

Bake for about 30-35 minutes. They should start to appear golden around the outer edges and on the top. You also want to make sure the middle of the batter is set. (Insert a knife to see if it comes out clean.) 

After sitting out for about 10 minutes, remove the dessert by holding onto the parchment paper and transfer to a cooling rack so the bottom doesn't become soggy from the strawberries. (If this is proving to be difficult, you may need to put it back in the oven for another 3-5 minutes and repeat this process.)

The glaze should be ready for you to use. 
Puree of 2-3 large strawberries
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup powdered sugar

Just don't pour over the blondies until fully cooled and sliced. 

They are sweet and a little tart, too! They may do well with some morning coffee and eaten like a strawberry crepe-flavored coffee cake. Yum!

Or, pair with some vanilla ice cream or cool whip to tame the tang.  Whatever your flavor preference is, these beauties are a must-try!

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