Sweet and Tart Lemon Bars

Category: Dessert

Sweet and Tart Lemon Bars


  • 2 cups unbleached or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, very cold & cubed
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh or concentrated lemon juice (approximately juice of 2 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar


    For the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the first 3 ingredients into a food processor and pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until the butter is pea-sized.
  3. Pour this crust mixture into a sprayed 9? x 13? baking pan.
  4. Place a piece of wax paper over the mixture and press until even and firm. Tip: Cover with wax paper (to keep it off your hands) and press until even and firm.
  5. Place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for 15 minutes. Note: Crust will not be completely baked.
    For the filling:
  1. Place the remaining ingredients, except for the confectioners sugar, into a mixing bowl. Tip: Always zest the lemon before juicing them, it’s difficult to zest lemons once they are juiced.
  2. Beat on low until blended and then on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour the filling over the hot crust.
  4. Place in the preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling doesn’t jiggle.
  5. Cool the bars completely before dusting with confectioners sugar, then cut into bars.

Recipe and Photo: Foodista / CC BY

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