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Super Easy Lemon Bars

Super Easy Lemon Bars

This is one of the easiest Lemon Bars recipe you will ever find around and it comes from a great book I got recently, ” The Clueless Baker“. Elegant and irresistible, these bars have a serious lemon hint. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Great for potlucks also, picnics or graduation parties.

I made these super easy lemon bars last night. This morning, I dropped them off in the media center of the building where we live. The bars were gone in half hour as you can imagine… The crust is a shortbread base that is baked first. The lemon topping is poured over the baked crust and the whole thing goes back to the oven for few more minutes. How easy is that? The result? A delicious dessert to enjoy on a lazy afternoon…

Super Easy Lemon Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • Shortbread Crust
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup or 1.5 sticks of cold unsalted butter
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • Lemon topping
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of 9x13 inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium ball, using a pastry blender, combine the flour, cold unsalted butter cut in small pieces and icing sugar, mixing them into a crumbly mixture. Does not need to stick together.
  3. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until the crust begins to set. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, granulated sugar and lemon juice.
  6. Add the flour, baking powder and lemon zest and beat until smooth.
  7. Pour over the baked crust and return the baking pan to the oven for another 25 minutes, until the topping is set and just beginning to brown around the edges.
  8. Let cool completely, then sprinkle with icing sugar and cut in squares. Makes 24 squares or 35 very small ones.

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