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Fresh raspberry sauce swirled with lemon filling, all on top of a shortbread crust. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 13×9-inch pan with foil (allow some foil to hang over the edges—you’ll use it as a handle to remove the bars from the pan when done) and lightly grease the foil. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the ingredients for the raspberry sauce. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and bubbly. Mash any whole berries with the back of a spoon until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. Once it’s thick and bubbly, turn heat to low to keep the mixture warm.
Combine the crust ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Pour the crust mixture into the prepared pan; press into the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Crust will appear very crumbly—this is OK, it will come together in the oven. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until lightly golden.
While crust is baking, whisk together the ingredients for the lemon filling (everything except the powdered sugar, which is for garnish) until completely blended and incorporated.
Remove the baked crust from the oven and immediately spread the warm raspberry sauce evenly over the bottom. Pour the lemon filling over the raspberry sauce. It will naturally mix and swirl with the raspberry sauce. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until browned around the edges and no longer jiggly in the center.
When done, remove the pan from the oven. Allow bars to cool completely in the pan. Use the foil to lift the bars from the pan; cut it into squares and dust with powdered sugar to serve.
To store, place them in an airtight container with waxed paper or parchment paper separating the layers. Bars will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Crust recipe adapted from Caramel Pecan Bars on Eat Your Heart Out; lemon filling from the Joy the Baker cookbook.
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