LEMON BARS

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 large egg(s)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest

Directions

  • Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • To make crust, mix flour and light brown sugar using a food processor until fully incorporated. Toss butter into flour mixture and pulse to combine using short bursts of power until butter is cut into tiny pea-sized pieces and dough appears lumpy.
  • Sprinkle crust mixture onto an ungreased 13 X 9 X 2-inch baking pan as evenly as possible; press down with a spatula to create a packed surface. Place crust in middle of oven and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to make lemon topping, beat eggs in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Add vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar; mix well.
  • Add lemon juice and remaining powdered sugar; mix until powdered sugar is completely dissolved and then add zest.
  • As soon as crust us finished, remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 300°F. Immediately pour lemon mixture over hot crust. Bake completely; cool, and cut into 24 bars. Yields 1 bar per serving.
  • Notes
  • The crust must be HOT when you pour on the lemon mixture.
  • You’ll need approximately three lemons to yield the amount of juice and zest in this recipe.
  • You can increase the lemon flavor of these bars by adding more zest or eliminate the zest altogether for a less tart taste. You can also change the flavor completely by subbing fresh lime juice and zest for the lemon.

Notes

Categories: Cake  Dessert 

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