RECIPIES My Favorite Things – Lemon Bars December 10, 2018

I love lemon.  Anything lemon flavored is going to make my list of favorite things for sure, but these are AMAZING.  For anyone who may not enjoy even the smidge of tartness, I’d take a pass on these.  They are creamy and tart with lemon flavor, but nice and sweet from the powdered sugar and shortbread crust.  I really could eat an entire pan in a sitting.  The only downside to taking these for a holiday party is sharing with others. 😉

 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

For the lemon filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Instructions:

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, making sure to leave some overhang for easy removal, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Cube the butter into smaller pieces and add to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands) cut the butter into the mixture until it’s crumbly and starts to come together. Scoop the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it down into one even layer.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or just until the top is set and edges are lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside. Keep oven temperature at 350°F.

To make the lemon filling:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour. Add in the eggs and lemon juice and mix until fully combined. Pour the lemon filling over the crust and return to the oven.
  2. Bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes or until the lemon filling is set. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 1 hour, then cover tightly, and refrigerate for at least two hours. Sift powdered sugar on top.

Enjoy!

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