Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

Shortbread cookie bottom topped with a buttery, melt in your mouth cake filling, these grapefruit strawberry gooey butter bars will become a party favorite!

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

I thought I’ve seen them all when it comes to cakes and dessert bars. And then I was introduced to these gooey butter bars and my eyes have been opened to this whole new world of treats.

While a popular staple in St. Louis, I’m a gooey butter bar newbie.

I have a crazy bout of jet lag. I returned from Japan over the weekend and I’m still trying to adjust to the time change.

Luckily, these gooey butter bars are helping me stay awake during the day. They’re excellent with an iced coffee for the ultimate afternoon pick-me-up.

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

Essentially, gooey butter bars are comprised of two layers: a shortbread crust topped with soft cake filling. Combined together, these two layers create a unique, decadent, melt in your mouth treat.

To lighten up this intense dessert, I’ve topped the cake with a combination of grapefruit segments and sliced strawberries. The fruits are marinated in a syrup of honey and grated ginger. It’s a perfect balance of sweetness and zing.

(Plus, I love all things ginger so any excuse to use it is reason enough for me!)

You’ll have to drain the fruits before topping the cake, but be sure to keep that liquid. You can add a small drizzle to the cake before serving, or use it to sweetened iced teas!

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

I’m sharing the recipe for these gooey butter bars over at BHG’s Delish Dish. Head on over and say hello!

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

Yield: 13x9-inch pan

Author Maryanne Cabrera


Shortbread Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold

Cake Filling:

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk

Fruit Topping:

  • 1 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cup grapefruit segments
  • 2 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Crust: Whisk together flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender (or two forks), cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse crumbly sand. Transfer into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Set aside.

  3. Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or using an electric hand mixer), beat butter and sugar until smooth. Scrape sides of bowl as needed. 

  4. Add corn syrup, egg, and vanilla extract. Continue to mix until well combined.

  5. Add flour in three additions, alternating with milk. Mix until just combined. Transfer batter into prepared pan over crust.

  6. Bake for 28-30 minutes until the center of the cake no longer jiggles. Cool to room temperature in pan. Cake will harden as it cools. Remove from pan and slice into bars.

  7. Topping: In a small bowl, toss together strawberries, grapefruit, honey, and ginger. Garnish tops of cooled butter bars with fruit. 

Grapefruit Strawberry Gooey Butter Bars

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heather (delicious not gorgeous)

i love gooey butter bars, but sometimes they’re a bit rich. love the idea of strawberry and grapefruit to freshen things up!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Totally! Gooey butter bars are super rich. I can only handle a tiny piece at a time!


Oh gosh! I love the idea of saving the syrup for tea or to drizzle over the cake. I’m a big ginger fan too and I can’t wait to try this!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Thanks Sara! I’ve been craving a lot of ginger…so I’m thinking of making a ginger cake! :)

Beverley @ Born to Sweat

Omgosh these look amazing!! what a great name for them too haha. i love the addition of strawberries and grapefruit to keep them light and refreshing

Thalia @ butter and brioche

These bars look amazing! Loving the tart grapefruit flavour especially, I bet it is such a perfect flavour match with the buttery shortbread.


Butter bars ?! Heck , yeah lol Can’t resist buttery treats and those gorgeous bars with equally delightful and refreshing fruit topping are a sure winner !

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