April 1, 2014

lemon bars

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With the warmth and sunshine sticking around lately, lemon bars seemed like a perfect treat to make this past weekend!  When it comes to sweets, I’m a huge chocolate lover, but I also enjoy a gooey lemon bar.  I love this recipe…it produces a wonderfully tart lemon bar with just the right amount of zing...



Lemon Bars

For the crust:

1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

 Lemon layer:

4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (3 to 4 lemons)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup flour

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light. Combine the flour and salt and with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Roll dough into a ball on a well-floured surface.  Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into the greased baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack.

For the lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 minutes or about five minutes beyond the point where the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into rectangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Recipe adapted from smitten kitchen
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  1. My hubby LOVES lemon bars but I rarely make them for him because I'm not a lemon fan. Looks like I'll be making him some when he returns from his trip. Thanks for the reminder :)

  2. Yum!! My girls love lemon bars and sadly I've only ever made the ones that come out of a box. Will have to try your recipe!

  3. My mom is coming to visit this weekend and she loves anything lemon related. This sounds pretty easy to make and look amazing! I'll have to give them a shot! :)

    Ivy xx
    Style Life Lovely

  4. Oh... I looooove a good lemon bar. Heck, I'll even take a mediocre lemon bar! (I probably shouldn't admit that in public) And it has been far too long since I have had one! Hello - Easter dessert!!

  5. I love anything lemon. I made a lemon cake last week and ate nearly the whole thing all by myself. These bars look delish!


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