Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Lemon Bars

Oh my goodness, I can't even describe how yummy these were!  Lemon bars are one of Corey's faves so when I needed to make something for a work dessert pitch in, I immediately thought of these!  I searched for the recipe on Two Peas & Their Pod and of course found it right away.  I had always made lemon bars out of the boxed version and never realized how incredibly easy they are homemade!  Literally the only ingredient I didn't already have at home was 1 lemon, that's all it took!  And they tasted so much better truly homemade.

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
Lemon Filling:
Zest of one large lemon
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs


1. Preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8 Pyrex dish with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar on medium speed. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and salt. Mix until combined and smooth. Press the crust dough into the prepared pan. Make sure the crust is evenly spread out. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.
3. In a medium bowl, rub the lemon zest and sugar together with your fingers until fragrant. Add in the lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and eggs. Mix until well combined and the sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over baked crust.
4. Bake for 20 more minutes, or until the lemon filling is set and slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let the bars cool and set. Cut into squares and serve.

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