Lemon Bars

Photo by Victor Schrager
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  • Makes 24 bars
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 117 calories
    • Calories 46 calories from fat
    • Fat 5 g
    • Sat Fat 3 g
    • Cholesterol 47 mg
    • Sodium 40 mg
    • Protein 2 g
    • Carbohydrate 16 g
    • Sugar 9 g
    • Fiber 0 g
    • Iron 1 mg
    • Calcium 8 mg


  1. Check Crust:
  2. Check nonstick cooking spray
  3. Check cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  4. Check ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  5. Check cup granulated sugar
  6. Check ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  7. Check Filling:
  8. Check 3 large eggs
  9. Check 1 large egg yolk
  10. Check cup granulated sugar
  11. Check cup fresh lemon juice
  12. Check 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  13. Check 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  14. Check 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  15. Check teaspoon kosher salt
  16. Check confectioners’ sugar, for dusting


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with the cooking spray. Line the pan with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides; spray the parchment with the cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt; pulse until fine crumbs form. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake until pale golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, granulated sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, flour, cream, and salt.
  4. When the crust is baked, rewhisk the lemon mixture and pour onto the hot crust. Bake until just set, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, then refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
  5. Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan, transfer to a cutting board, and cut into 24 rectangles (6 rows by 4 rows). Store the bars covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Dust with the confectioners’ sugar before serving.