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Classic Lemon Bars

Classic Lemon Bars
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon dessert, lemon recipe
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Sandy

Equipment

  • 9"x13" baking dish

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 ½ cups Flour
  • cup Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Butter + 2 Tablespoons
  • 2 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Filling

  • 2 ½ cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • ½ cup Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 5 Eggs + 3 Yolks
  • 1 ¼ cups Lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla

Instructions

Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9"x13” baking dish with parchment paper and lightly spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a food processor combine flour, sugar and salt. Add in butter and shortening and pulse until crumbly. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Transfer the crust dough into the prepared baking dish and press down evenly. Poke holes in the crust dough with a fork or sharp knife to help release air while baking.
  • Place the baking dish into the preheated oven on the middle rack and bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Once baked, remove from the oven and pace on a wire cooling rack to cool.
  • Make the filling.

Filling

  • Keep the oven preheated to 350° F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine sugar and lemon zest and mix until well incorporated.
  • Add in the flour and salt and mix to combine. While the mixer is running, add the eggs one at a time, letting each egg get incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Stream in the lemon juice and continue mixing until combined. Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Pour the filling mixture into the prebaked crust and place into the preheated oven on the middle rack. Bake for 35 minutes, or until the center is almost set.
  • Once baked, remove from the oven and place on a wire cooling rack to let it completely cool.
  • Once the lemon bars have completely cooled, cover with plastic wrap and place into the fridge to let chill for 2 hours.
  • Once chilled, remove from the fridge and dust with powdered sugar and top with lemon slices before serving.

Notes

Storage:
Lemon bars may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 160kcal