Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
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Makes 24 bars| Hands-On Time: | Total Time:

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Filling:
  • large eggs
  • large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  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.
By November, 2010

Nutritional Information

  • Per ServingServing Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories 117Calories From Fat 46
  • Fat 5g
  • Sat Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 47mg
  • Sodium 40mg
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrate 16g
  • Sugar 9g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Iron 1mg
  • Calcium 8mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .

Quick Tip

lemon and lime
For extra citrus flavor, use a combination of lime and lemon juice and zest.

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