Easy Lemon Bars

For the crust:
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
For the filling:
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Zest of two lemons, very finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 lemons, (about ⅔ cup juice)

To make the crust, blend together the butter, sugar, flour, and baking powder in a food processor or by using a pastry cutter.

Press the crumbly mixture evenly into the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.

Bake the crust for 20 minutes at 350° F. The bottom of the crust should just be beginning to brown slightly at the top edges.

To make the filling, whisk together the sugar, flour, eggs, zest, and lemon juice until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow the mixture to sit for about 10 minutes before whisking together well again and pouring over the baked crust.

Bake at 350° F for another 20- 25 minutes or until the top is slightly browned and the custard appears to be set. Cool completely before slicing and serving.

  • Yields: 36 bars
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour
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