Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lemon Bars

Yield: 2 dozen
Cook Time and Temp: 45-50 minutes, at 350F

  • 1 c. of all-purpose flour (self-rising works, as well)
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) of butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon peel (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • extra powdered sugar, for dusting the cooled cookies (about 2 Tbs.)
  1. Heat oven to 350F
  2. Mix together the first three ingredients, and press the dough into an ungreased 8" x 8" baking dish, working the edges up the sides about 1/2".
  3. Bake for 20 minutes
  4. Beat together the sugar, lemon juice, peel, baking powder, salt and eggs with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes on high until fluffy, and the color gets a bit lighter yellow. Note: a whisk will work, but it takes forever.
  5. Pour the filling into the hot crust, and return it to the oven for another 25-30 minutes
  6. Let cool, and dust with the additional powdered sugar.
  7. Cut into bars
Note: the filling will form a very thin crust as it cools, which is normal, but gets hidden by the powdered sugar. The filling comes out smooth and soft, with a slightly sweet, crunchy bottom crust.

This recipe can be doubled, if using a 9" x 13" oven dish.


Jodi Lee said...

We're going to my mom's tomorrow, and this looks like just the thing to add to dinner!

Thanks, Rusty...

Froggie said...

You're very welcome, Jodi. My mom loves these things, and I have to admit that I'm getting rather addicted to them as well.