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Zesty Lemon Bars

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Description

These lemon bars are extra special because the crust is like shortbread!

These lemon bars are delicious and can be adapted to your own preference (extra zesty, extra tart, super sweet, etc.). This recipe is really user-friendly and you can adapt this recipe to your liking.

If you don’t like it too lemony, don’t use the zest and just use 3/4 cup of the juice. Amp this up if you do like the strong lemon flavor.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CRUST:
  • ¾ cups Powdered Sugar, Plus More For Sprinkling On Finished Bars
  • ¾ cups Softened Butter
  • 1 dash Salt
  • 2 cups Flour
  • FOR THE FILLING:
  • 4 whole Eggs
  • ¼ cups Flour
  • 1-¼ cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • ¾ cups Lemon Juice

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 315ºF. In a large bowl, mix together the crust ingredients and press into a pan. You can use a 9×13 pan for thin bars, or a casserole dish or 9×9 for thicker bars.
2. Bake the crust for 15-18 minutes at 315ºF (we don’t want it to be brown or crunchy).
3. While this is baking, start making your filling.
4. Mix together all of the filling ingredients (be sure to make sure no lemon seeds go into this!).
5. When crust is done, remove it from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 350ºF. Pour the filling over the baked crust (it will be very runny) and put this in the oven at 350ºF. Make sure you’ve increased the temperature!
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (20 if you use the larger size pan, 25 or more for a smaller pan and thicker bars). When done, remove from oven and set the pan on a rack to cool.
7. Wait until the bars are completely cool, then sprinkle powdered sugar on top. If you sprinkle powdered sugar before it’s cool, the bars will absorb the sugar!
8. Store covered.

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Kathy Mucz on 5.11.2012

Made these for a friend’s birthday celebration. They were so YUMMY! The crust was flaky and tasty. The filling was very lemon-y. Thanks for the recipe!! Will be making this again.

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