Prep 25 mins
Cook 20 mins
I got this recipe from my gourmet cooking class in college. There is nothing gourmet about these fancy little lemon bars other than the fact that we cut them with fancy cutters and served them on a tray with a bunch of other "fancy" bars and cookies for a reception we catered. They're so easy but nobody will ever know!
- 1 cup butter, softened (not margarine)
- 2⁄3 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 large eggs
- 7 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, with pulp
- 1⁄4 cup finely grated lemon peel (from about 6 lg. lemons)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- CRUST: Using an electric mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar. Add 2 cups of flour one cup at a time, beating until moist clumps form. Using the back of a fork, press the dough over the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Bake the crust until light golden, about 20 minutes.
- FILLING: Beat the sugar and eggs in a medium bowl until blended. Beat in the fresh lemon juice, lemon peel, and baking powder, then the remaining flour. Pour the filling over the hot crust and bake until the filling is set in the center and begins to brown, about 20 minutes. Cool completely before cutting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Very lemony and good.
These are very nice and lemony. This was my first time to make (or eat) lemon bars, so I didn't feel much confidence when baking them. My oven is new, too, and I am not so used to it. For these reasons, it seemed difficult to get the top layer cooked though, or to tell if it was. But I managed somehow, and think it should be easier next time. Thank you very much for posting this recipe.