Friday, April 3, 2009

Lemon Bars from scratch

I love lemon bars, made them a lot in college. Always from the box though, Krusteaz or something like it. Well they are expensive, and they only make an 8 x 8 pan. I found a recipe for them that makes 9 x 13 and it is super yummy.



1 ½ cups flour

¼ cup sugar

¼ tsp salt

½ cup cold butter, cubed

Preheat the oven to 350.

In a bowl combine flour, sugar and salt.


Add COLD butter and with hands combine with dry mixture until you have a crumbly mixture

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Press dough into the bottom of a greased 9 x13 pan


Bake for 15 mins

Baked crust
Baked crust



¼ cup flour

1 ¼ cup sugar

½ tsp salt

4 eggs

Zest of 2 lemons ( I used 2.5)

Juice of 2 lemons ( I used 2.5)

Powdered sugar for dusting

While crust is cooking, zest and juice the lemons. Combine lemon zest and sugar in a bowl and rub them together so the zest is incorporated into the sugar.

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Wisk in the eggs (I used the wisk attachment on my kitchenaid)

Add the lemon juice then flow and salt.

Pour over hot crust and bake for 20-25 mins until the filling is set and doesn’t jiggle like Jello (weird way to explain it but you will understand, when it is still wiggly it isn’t quite done)


Remove from oven, let cool completely, dust with powdered sugar. Cut and eat.

img_2375 The edges got a little dark, but they were yummy anyway

I am thinking that this would work with lime bars as well. We will have to see. Next time limes are on sale and I have free time. I will be trying it, My guess is 3-4 limes would do it.

My personal preference when eating these is to pop them into the microwave for 10 seconds and eat them warm :-D Sigh. So good! Makes me miss college.

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