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Lemon Bars


Lemon Bars

Spring has sprung! At least it has in some parts of the world! If you are not so fortunate to experience temps in the 70's, it's time for some brightness from these very spring-y Lemon Bars!  I don't know what it is about bars, but they're so pretty and so lovely to have at any special event, or actually, any day!


Lemon Bars

Especially when they are the kind that are really pretty basic to make! You don't have to drag out a rolling pin, really! I know my bread recipes are usually a little more complicated, so this is something to put together in a short amount of time with a very big reward! I realize that I have to share more bars here with all of you lovelies. It may be possible the last ones I shared where these sensational sake strawberry bars. I am already imagining baking these bars with grapefruit and maybe orange juice. Or I'll just stick to these lemon bars, because these bars are what everyone is asking for (yes, they disappeared too fast!).
Lemon Bars


The combination of soft, buttery crust and tart lemon topping showered in confectioners’ sugar is something that cannot be any better. Half of my baking tasters feel their is my favorite part of the bar is the edges! Then there is the other half that loves the luscious tart center.

You may be fortunate enough to come across some flavorful Meyer lemons and may be inspired to use them instead of regular lemons. Go ahead and use them, but substitute only half Meyer lemons for regular lemons. Don't forget that Meyer lemons are much sweeter than regular lemons! I did use organic lemons, as I also use the zest in the filling, and prefer organic. That's just my choice. You could use whatever lemons you prefer. If you are looking for something fun, something bright, something that you could put together relatively fast (except calculate the time to cool the bars, so they will slice nicely). This is your dessert! If you are a better planner than I am, you could bake them the night before, and then leave to chill overnight and bring them somewhere in the morning to somebody you really like!




Lemon Bars

by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes (plus 15 minutes

Ingredients (16 bars)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • dash of sea salt
filling
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (zest before juicing lemons. I used organic lemons)
  • 5-7 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 3-4 lemons)
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with baking spray (or grease with butter).

In a medium bowl, beat the butter and the sugar until fluffy. Beat in the flour until a soft dough is formed. Remove the dough and place it into your prepared pan. Press firmly onto the bottom and sides of the pan.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

While the crust is baking, prepare the lemon filling.

In a small bowl, whisk the whole eggs sugar and flour. When it is smooth, add in the lemon zest and the juice. Whisk together until incorporated.

When crust is ready, remove from the oven and lower the temperature to 300 degrees.

Spoon the filling over the crust and smooth over with a spatula.

Return pan to oven and bake until the filling is just set, about 30 to 35 minutes.

Lift the cooled bars out of the pan,using the parchment paper as handles. Let cool on a rack to room temperature.

Cover and place in the refrigerator until cold (or overnight). Bars are better sliced when cold.

Slice the bars into squares (I cut them into 12 small squares) and dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving. The crust will soften over time. Store for a few days in the fridge.

22 comments

  1. My favorite!!! I['m so obsessed with lemon right now!

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  2. Lemon bars have been a favorite of mine for a really long time (probably because my dad has always loved them, too). These are making me crave spring flavors!

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  3. It's amazing how few ingredients are needed to make the most delightful dessert! This is a much loved classic!

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  4. These are my husbands favorite. thanks for sharing

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  5. I am definitely not experiencing spring yet here in NY so I can use some of these lemon bars today!

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  6. I started salivating as soon as I saw your photos. Lemon desserts are always my favorite type of sweets more than anything else. These look wonderful!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE lemon bars...and they always make me think of spring. We almost always have them at Easter as one of our dessert options. These look just perfect (and now I'm craving lemon bars).

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  8. Lemon bars are probably in my top 3 favorite desserts. So simple and so delicious!

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  9. Lemon bars are my favorite spring dessert. So full of flavor and the color is always so gorgeous!

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  10. Oh, those look so inviting. Spring is here yet, where I live, but I sure could use something bright like these.

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  11. I love all things lemon, but especially lemon bars! xo

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  12. I can not get enough of lemons right now! These look delicious!

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  13. These look so gooey and delicious! I crave lemon even more than usual this time of year. Yum!

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  14. Love easy desserts like this. They would be perfect for Easter!!

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  15. I love lemon bars, the first time I had one I thought I would hate them. But they're wonderful and your's are simply stunning.

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  16. Your GORGEOUS lemon bars definitely match our warm and sunshiny weather down here in NC! I love this recipe - lemon bars are among my favorite!

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  17. I love meyer lemon so very much. Any lemons really. Any citrus really.

    These bars are fabulous. And colour me jealous of your weather. It's still a bit nippy here.

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  18. These have been a favorite for more years than I like to think; first found in a cookbook from my hometown Art Museum called 'The Artist in the Kitchen' and I think it has a copyright date in the 70's! And nothing has changed about my love for them. Yours look so divine; everything wonderful is so evident!

    By the way, I have a Meyer Lemon tree! I got it last spring and have to bring it inside for the winter. It has now bloomed THREE times but so far two times the flowers have just dropped off without turning into lemons. More buds now; wish me luck!

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  19. Lemon bars are the best! My husband adores anything lemon and anytime there are lemon bars in the house, they disappear pretty darn fast. We finally have meyer lemons being sold here in Vancouver so I need to get my hands on some to make this recipe. Your bars and your photos look amazing, Lora! Thank you for the sweet message you posted on my recent bundt cake recipe. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend too! xo

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  20. I am always a lemon bar fan, and this recipe seems simple enough for a non-baker like me to jump into.

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  21. I love, love, love lemon. Occasionally at ASDA here in the UK (part of Walmart) we get Meyer lemons and they are amazing. Their taste mmmm. Definitely am going to make these as ordered lots of lemons with my shopping this week! I can't seen to stop cooking with them lately. Thanks for a fab recipe. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com

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