photo by Jonathan Melendez
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
12 bars or so
- For the base mix the butter into the flour and sugar.
- Mix with hands until it clings together.
- Press into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan.
- Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.
- For the filling, beat together eggs, sugar and lemon juice.
- Sift together flour and baking powder.
- Stir into egg mixture.
- Pour over baked, cooled crust.
- Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes.
- Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Cut into bars.
Questions & Replies
Taking other's suggestions; I used 1/2 c. lemon juice, the zest of one lemon, and beat the eggs for about 7 minutes before adding the remaining ingredients. I did not cool the crust before adding & baking the filling. They turned out great! They were completely set after 25 minutes in the oven. I think it helped to add the filling when the crust was still hot. I also lined the pan with foil (sprayed lightly with pam), leaving the edges long so that I could use the foil to lift the bars out of the pan once chilled. I do this with a lot of baked goods, so that I can put them on a cutting board and use a large, straight pizza cutter to cut them into nice bars. I found that they were easier to lift out and cut if they were chilled. Once lifted out of the pan and cut, I then let them come to room temperature before dusting with powdered sugar and serving.
Di, I made these for my brothers fiancee, she just had minor surgery. So do you think she will notice the 3 that are missing? I had to taste them to be sure they were delicious! And then I got a tall glass of milk and helped myself to 2 more, heck it's the thought that counts :-) Great, simple, delicious recipe, thanks!!
Replaced 1/4 of flour with finely chopped pecans and increased the powdered sugar in the crust by 1/4 cup. Also added grated peel of one lemon. Parchment paper was a huge help. Beat the eggs for about 8 minutes before adding remaining ingredients (increased the lemon juice to 1/2 cup) plus the grated peel of another lemon. I also reduced the oven temp to 325 after the filling started to brown and increased the baking time. Amazing fresh lemon flavor!
okay, I don't even like Lemon Bars and these are amazing. This recipe made a believer out of me! I followed the advice of another reviewer and replaced 1/4 cup flour with 1/4 cup nuts (walnuts, sent through the processor first). Also grated rind of an entire lemon into filling. Best lemon bars I've ever had (which isn't that many because, as I said, I have never liked them until NOW). A new family favorite. Thanks!