Lemon Bars

 

The air is full of a sweet and lemon smell as we bake some lemon bars for our guests today.  I just love the flavor in these treats.  Try making a batch for yourself today.

 

 

Crust

Nonstick vegetable spray for coating pan

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4  cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2  cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

 

Filling
1 cup sugar

1/4  cup all-purpose flour

4 large eggs

Zest and juice of 4 lemons (should make 1/2 cup juice)

1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract

Confectioners’ sugar for coating

 

 

  1. To make the crust, lightly coat a 9 by 9 inch baking pan with nonstick vegetable spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl or food processor, mix together the flour, sugar, and butter until it just forms into a dough. Lightly pat it over the bottom of the pan, making sure that it clings 1/4 inch up the sides. With a fork, prick little holes in the dough. Refrigerate for 1 hour, until firm.
  3. Set a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°F.  Bake the crust for 15 minutes, until lightly tanned and set.
  4. In the meantime, make the Filling: In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and flour. Beat in the eggs, then the lemon zest, juice, and vanilla.
  5. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 15 minutes, until set. Set the pan on a rack to cool. Lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into 2-inch pieces.
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