Lemon Squares - Graham Cracker Crust

"I adopted this recipe after Mean Chef (IHHDRO) left the site. Mean Chef's quote on the recipe: "DBMNMR = Don't Blame Me, Not My Recipe", and therefore, I haven't felt badly about making a few changes. The original recipe had a much thicker graham cracker crust, and didn't really balance well with the delicate and refreshing lemon flavor of the bars. I have since adjusted those measurements for a thinner crust, and hope that you enjoy it."
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F with a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Make in a 9 inch square pan.
  • Place the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Use a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula to mix them together thoroughly.
  • Scrape the mixture into the baking pan, and use your fingers to press the mixture evenly onto the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 7 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven to cool while you make the lemon filling.
  • Keep the oven at temperature setting.
  • Break the eggs into a large mixing bowl, then add the granulated sugar.
  • With the mixer on high speed, beat the mixture until it is light yellow and almost doubled in volume, about 3 minutes.
  • Move the beaters around the bowl and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula several times while mixing.
  • Add the baking powder and salt, and beat on low speed until just mixed, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  • Beat in the lemon zest and juice.
  • Pour and scrape the filling into the crust and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and wiggles only slightly when the pan is moved.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool.
  • Place confectioners' sugar in a small sieve and sprinkle generously over the top of the cooled fining.
  • Cut into 16 squares.

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  1. This was a terrible recipe. When it came out of the oven, it looked more like a creme brulee than a lemon bar. Also, the recipe didn't list a step for some of the ingredients. I only had my "bars" in the oven for 15 minutes before they turned bubbled and brown. Gross.
  2. I made this recipe exactly except I used a pre made graham cracker crust came out great will make again



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