Zesty Lemon Bars
Happy Wednesday Everyone!
My mom has the most delicious Meyer Lemon tree in her front yard. Whenever we go over to visit we always come home with a big bag of lemons. What do you do when life gives you lemons? Make lemon bars of course 😉 . If you like super lemony lemon bars, this is the recipe for you (I use a lot of lemon juice)! They have just the right balance of sweet and tart. These zesty lemon bars are the perfect refreshing dessert for the spring and summer months. Whip up a batch and surprise your family with a little treat after dinner this week!
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (Meyer Lemons are the best!)
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Powdered Sugar for topping
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix flour, butter and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Press in ungreased 8×8 glass dish, creating a 1/2 inch crust around the edge of your dish. Bake 20 minutes.
Beat granulated sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, baking powder and salt until light and fluffy (about 3 to 4 minutes). Pour mixture over baked crust layer. Bake about 25 minutes, or until no indention remains when touched. Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cut into squares.
Notes: It is important to build up a 1/2 inch crust around the edge; don’t skip this step! If you don’t, the lemon filling will stick to the sides and will be hard to cut and serve the bars. Also, the lemon filling is more likely to burn around the edges.
What do you like to make when life gives you lemons ?