Lemon Bars

Delicate and tangy lemon bars are a lunch-box and picnic favorite. Try substituting lime juice for half of the lemon juice for a twist on an old classic. Serve these with brownies for a great flavor combination.

Serves: 16Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 55 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar, divided
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  • Combine 2 cups flour with 1 cup confectioners' sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut the butter into the dry mixture with 2 knives or a pastry cutter to make a crumbly mixture. Pat this into the bottom of the buttered pan. Bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Combine eggs, granulated sugar, 6 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, and lemon zest with a whisk in a bowl and pour the mixture over the baked crust.
  • Bake filling and crust for 25 minutes.
  • Cool completely, cut into 16 squares, and dust with remaining confectioners' sugar.

Recipe Information

Serves: 16

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 6 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar, divided
  • ⅛ tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
  • Combine 2 cups flour with 1 cup confectioners' sugar and salt in a bowl. Cut the butter into the dry mixture with 2 knives or a pastry cutter to make a crumbly mixture. Pat this into the bottom of the buttered pan. Bake crust for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Combine eggs, granulated sugar, 6 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, and lemon zest with a whisk in a bowl and pour the mixture over the baked crust.
  • Bake filling and crust for 25 minutes.
  • Cool completely, cut into 16 squares, and dust with remaining confectioners' sugar.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories250
Total Fat6g
Saturated Fat4g
Cholesterol40mg
Sodium75mg
Total Carbohydrate46g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars34g
Protein3g