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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.



Lemon Bars are a vibrant and flavourful dessert.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

These decadent citrus bars are sure to be a hit.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

This lemon bar recipe takes about an hour and twenty minutes to prepare and then requires about three hours to set.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

Printable Recipe Card with a Full List of Ingredients and Instructions is Located at the Bottom of the Post.

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To make these lemon bars, I started by lining an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

Then I dumped some flour and powdered sugar into a mixing bowl.

flour and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl

I whisked the flour and sugar together.

Then I added some melted butter to the bowl.

melted butter added to bowl with flour and powdered sugar

I stirred well until a dough formed.

shortbread dough in a bowl

I pressed the dough into the parchment lined baking dish.

shortbread dough pressed into a parchment lined baking pan

 

Then I baked the dough until firm to the touch.

shortbread crust in a parchment lined baking pan after baking

I set the baking dish aside and left the crust to cool.

I dumped some flour, granulated sugar and the zest from two lemons into a mixing bowl.

flour, granulated sugar and lemon zest in a bowl

I whisked the ingredients well.

Then I added some eggs and lemon juice to the bowl.

eggs added to bowl with flour and sugar mixture

I whisked until the mixture was smooth.

lemon filling mixture being whisked in a bowl

I poured the mixture over the crust in the baking pan.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

I returned the pan to the oven and baked until the center was only slightly jiggly.

I removed the pan from the oven and left it to cool for an hour at room temperature.

Then I placed the pan in the fridge for two hours to finish setting.

I removed the pan from the fridge.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

I used the parchment paper to lift the lemon bars from the pan.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

Then I dusted the lemon bars with powdered sugar.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

I sliced them into 9 squares.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

Then the lemon bars were ready to serve.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

These sweet citrus bars are sure to be a family favourite.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

If you are looking for a delicious lemon dessert recipe, then you need to try these Lemon Bars!

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

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PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE RECIPE CAN BE FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make These Lemon Bars:

Crust

  • 1 ½ cups Flour
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) Butter, melted

Filling

  • 1 ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • Zest of 2 Lemons
  • ¾ cup Lemon Juice
  • 4 Large Eggs

Topping

  • Powdered Sugar, to Dust

How to Make Lemon Bars:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325℉ and line an 8×8 inch (or 9×9 inch) baking dish with parchment paper (it’s alright if some hangs over the edge, this will make it easier to remove the bars when done).
  2. Make the crust by whisking together the flour and sugar, then melt the butter (either on the stove or in the microwave), and pour over the mixture.
  3. Stir well with a spoon until a dough forms.
  4. Press the dough on the parchment paper into the dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch, it should not golden.
  5. Allow to cool until you’re done making the filling.
  6. While the crust is baking, start making the filling by zesting 2 lemons.
  7. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and lemon zest.
  8. Then whisk in the eggs and lemon juice until the mixture is smooth.
  9. Pour the mixture over the crust.
  10. Bake for 33-38 minutes, or until the very center is only slightly jiggly.
  11. Allow to cool for 1 hour at room temperature, then let set in the fridge for 1-2 hours before taking out of the dish and cutting it into squares and dusting with powdered sugar to serve.
  12. Enjoy!

FAQS:

How do I store these bars?

  • These bars can be stored in the fridge or freezer, not at room temperature. It’s recommended to eat chilled.
  • They last in the fridge 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • Or freeze up to 3-4 months, and allow to thaw before enjoying.
  • If you dust them with powdered sugar before storing, you may need to dust with more powdered sugar right before serving as the initial powdered sugar may have melted into the bars.


How sour are these lemon bars?

  • These lemon bars are actually not very sour at all, they’re more sweet, but with a lemony flavor.


How many lemons do I need to make the ¾ cup of lemon juice?

  • It takes at least 4 lemons to make ¾ cup of lemon juice, depending on size and how you juice them, you may need more.


What should the consistency of the top part, lemon part, of the bar taste like?

  • Depending on how long you allow the bars to set in the fridge, it could have a similar texture to custard, or a bit thicker, not thick like fudge.


What happens if I forget to refrigerate the bars overnight, are they still safe to eat?

  • It is not recommended to consume lemon bars if they sit out for 6 or more hours. Not only will they most likely look like pudding on a crust if left out all night, but because of the eggs, they may not be safe to eat if left out for that long.
Yield: 9 squares

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

Lemon Bars are a decadent dessert with a shortbread like base topped with a smooth, rich lemon layer.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Setting Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ½ cups Flour
  • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) Butter, melted

Filling

  • 1 ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • Zest of 2 Lemons
  • ¾ cup Lemon Juice
  • 4 Large Eggs

Topping

  • Powdered Sugar, to Dust

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 325℉ and line an 8x8 inch (or 9x9 inch) baking dish with parchment paper (it’s alright if some hangs over the edge, this will make it easier to remove the bars when done).
    2. Make the crust by whisking together the flour and sugar, then melt the butter (either on the stove or in the microwave), and pour over the mixture.
    3. Stir well with a spoon until a dough forms.
    4. Press the dough on the parchment paper into the dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until firm to the touch, it should not golden.
    5. Allow to cool until you’re done making the filling.
    6. While the crust is baking, start making the filling by zesting 2 lemons.
    7. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and lemon zest.
    8. Then whisk in the eggs and lemon juice until the mixture is smooth.
    9. Pour the mixture over the crust.
    10. Bake for 33-38 minutes, or until the very center is only slightly jiggly.
    11. Allow to cool for 1 hour at room temperature, then let set in the fridge for 1-2 hours before taking out of the dish and cutting it into squares and dusting with powdered sugar to serve.
    12. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • These also freeze well, for up to 3-4 months, and thaw in the refrigerator. Cut in squares before freezing, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer bag or freezer safe container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 381Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 2gSugar: 59gProtein: 6g

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