These lemon bars are rich, chewy, and bursting with lemon flavor, making this dessert a great addition to a picnic or end-of-summer party. Although there are two separate baking steps, the actual preparation of ingredients is very simple and yields incredible results.

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Chill: 4 hours
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Total: 5 hours
  • Yields 24 bars
Better Lemon Bars
  • Crust
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter. Line with parchment paper, allowing paper to hang over two edges of the pan to allow for easier removal after baking.
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • In a large bowl, stir melted butter, sugar, vanilla, and sea salt together until combined.
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Add flour and stir until just combined.
  • Pour dough mixture into prepared baking dish. Using a large spatula, press dough out to fill bottom of the pan.
  • Bake at 350°F until golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes. While crust is baking, prepare filling.
  • Filling
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and flour until combined.
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, from 8 to 10 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • Add eggs to bowl. Juice lemons and add juice and zest to bowl. Whisk together until completely combined and filling mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  • Remove crust from oven when ready and place on a wire rack. Gently pour prepared lemon filling over top. It should naturally spread out into an even layer.
  • Reduce oven heat to 300°F and bake until filling has set and no longer jiggles in the center when pan is gently shaken, about 20 to 25 additional minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let cool at room temperature, about 1 hour. Chill entire dish in the fridge until cold, about 3 hours.
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar, optional
  • Dust confectioner’s sugar over top of bars. Cut into 24 pieces. Serve chilled. Bars will keep for 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

MakeBetterFood.comFrom Sep 3, 2014. ( Adapted from Day, Cheryl. Back in the Day Cafe Cookbook. (Workman Publishing, New York).

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