Lemon Bars



Lemon Bars
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A good recipe for basic lemon bars.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16
Shortbread Base:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8 tbsp. cold unsalted butter -- (1 stick/4oz/113g) cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest or 1/4 tsp. lemon oil (optional)
  • 3 eggs -- at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (approximately 3 to 4 lemons)
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  1. Shortbread Base: Don't preheat oven yet. Line a 9 x 9-inch square baking dish with foil, Release foil or parchment, extending paper over edges of pan. Spray with cooking spray if using regular foil.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flour, cornstarch, granulated sugar, salt and ground cinnamon. Pulse briefly until blended. Add the butter and pulse until the dough forms moist crumbs and sticks together when pinched, about 1 minute. Press the dough into the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of the prepared baking dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can skip the food processor and just cut all the ingredients together with a pastry cutter. Food processor makes it much easier.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and bake the base until pale golden, 20 to 22 minutes.
  4. Filling: Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, flour, salt and lemon zest. Add the eggs, lemon juice and cream and whisk until just blended. Carefully pour mixture into the warm base. Bake until filling feels firm when touched lightly, about 20-22 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; cool to room temperature. Chill for 2 hours before cutting into squares or bars.
  5. Store bars in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week. For the best flavor, remove from refrigerator and serve at room temperature. Do not freeze.


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  1. says

    You know, I’ve never had bad lemon bar, but that one looks absolutely divine. Makes my little cup of tea here look quite lonely…

  2. Anna says

    Todd thought these were too lemony. The cream probably would have tempered the lemon a bit.

  3. Echo says

    not that i was asked, but if you really have a thing for lemon bars (which oh my god do i) you van get a similar taste just by placing some crumbled shortbread into a very small ramekin or something, topping with some lemon curd of choice, and tossing in a toaster oven for a couple of minutes, or using a sponge cake shell….or if you want to try something different a few slices of sugar free angelfood cake, with lemon curd, on a panini grill is, while not something ive tried yet, none the less intend to. spring was invented for lemons..

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