Lemon Bars

lemon barsLast month was my first time making lemon bars and I’ve loved them ever since! They’re such a quick and easy treat for any occasion. Have you tried these before? How did yours turn out? Feel free to leave comments/questions below!



Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups (220 grams) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (230 grams) unsalted butter, softened

For the lemon filling:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) fresh lemon juice

Instructions

To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. 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.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, and salt.
  4. 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.
  5. Scoop the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it down into one even layer.
  6. 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 but keep oven temperature at 350°F.

To make the lemon filling:

  1. While the crust is baking, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour.
  2. Add in the eggs and lemon juice and mix until fully combined.
  3. Pour the lemon filling over the crust and return to the oven.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes or until the lemon filling is set.
  5. 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.
  6. Sift powdered sugar on top (however much is desired).
  7. Enjoy!

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