Lovely Lemon Bars Recipe

It has been FAR too long since I’ve shared a recipe with you all and I just couldn’t let this summer pass without sharing one of my favorite summertime treats.  I absolutely love lemon bars in the summer!  The lemons are at the peak of perfection and make for an incredible lemon flavor that’s just too good to pass up.  If you like lemon bars, then this Lovely Lemon Bar recipe is for you.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • Extra powdered sugar for dusting or powdered sugar icing for drizzling

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and gather together your ingredients.

LemonBarsDough.jpg

In a large mixing bowl, stir together 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Add the butter and beat with an electric mixer on low to medium-low speed until the mixture just clings together like pictured above.  (The key to any great recipe that calls for butter is a good quality butter.  Don’t cheat yourself and use cheap butter substitutes!  Use a good quality butter and you’ll be able to see AND TASTE the difference!)

LemonBarsDoughPressed.jpg

Press the mixture evenly into your (buttered) baking dish and bake for 25 minutes or until barely light brown.  A great tip here is to either spray your hands with some cooking spray, or rub them with a little butter before pressing the mixture into the dish…this will prevent the dough from sticking and making a huge mess.

LemonBarsMixture.jpg

Once the crust is done baking, mix together the eggs, granulated sugar, and lemon juice.  Whisk in 1/4 cup flour and the lemon peel.  Pour the liquid mixture over the crust and bake for another 20-25 minutes until the edges begin to brown and the center is set.

LemonBars.jpg

Let the lemon bars cool completely, cut into bars, and top them with either a dusting of powdered sugar, or drizzle with simple powdered sugar icing!  I’m sure you’ll see why this is one of my favorite summertime treats that the whole family loves.  The lovely lemony flavor is refreshing, sweet, and satisfying.  Try the recipe for yourself and feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

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