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Lemon Bars Recipe

September 18, 2018

Lemon Bars


Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 20 mins | Total Time: 1 hour


For the pastry base

  • 1 cup cold butter, cut in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour

For the lemon layer

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Zest of two lemons, very finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 lemons about 2/3 to 3/4 cup juice




To make the pastry base

  1. Using a pastry cutter or in a food processor blend together the butter sugar and flour.
  2. Press evenly into the bottom of a greased and parchment paper lined 9×13 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to minutes at 350°F (325°F if you are using glass bakeware).The base should just be beginning to brown slightly at the top edges.

For the lemon topping

  1. Simply whisk together the sugar flour, eggs, zest and lemon juice until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow the topping to sit for about 10 minutes before whisking together well again and pouring over the baked shortbread base.
  3. Bake at 350°F for about another 20- 25 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the custard appears to be set. Let cool completely.
  4. Sprinkle with icing sugar when cool or try adding a meringue topping.