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Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust
It’s a paradox that lemons, like most citrus fruits, peak during winter throughout much of the country, because sunshine-bright lemons just scream spring and summer. Besides their happy and fresh look, you’ll want to grab plenty of fresh lemons for these lemon bars with shortbread crust. These lemon bars are the season’s mascot.
What You’ll Love About This
- This lemon bar recipe contains the perfect balance of sweetness to tanginess ratio.
- You’ll get to use up 3 large lemons plus zest. This is especially awesome if you’re a lucky lemon tree owner.
- The smooth lemon filling rests atop a mouthwatering buttery shortbread crust that tastes of perfection.
- These homemade lemon bars are heads and shoulders above any store bought lemon bars.
- Homemade lemon bars are super budget friendly (you won’t even want coffee shop lemon bars after you try these.)
- These lemon bars keep well for up to a week in the fridge.
How to Make the Best Lemon Bars
- For the shortbread crust, be sure your butter is chilled to begin with.
- Freeze butter just long enough so that it can be easily grated using large-hole grater. This makes it so much easier to form the crust.
- Allow the finished lemon bars to fully chill before slicing in. The filling will set completely while it chills.
- Lining baking dish with foil that extends beyond the dish will allow for easy removal of the entire dessert onto a cutting board.
- Leftover lemon bars keep well for up to a week, covered and chilled in the fridge.
Commonly Asked Questions
The center of filling should be somewhat firm yet still a bit u0022gooeyu0022 to the touch. When pan is jiggled, the filling shouldn’t shift at all. Once bars are fully cool and chilled in the fridge, they will set nicely.
Be sure to fully bake the crust until golden brown. When in doubt, it’s better to slightly overbake the crust than underbake it, to ensure that the filling on top fully bakes through.
We highly recommend lining pan with either parchment or heavy duty foil, with enough excess hanging over the edges, for easy removal of the entire dessert onto the cutting board, once chilled.
You can make lemon bars several days in advance. Keep them covered and chilled. Leftover bars can keep for up to a week when covered airtight and stored in the fridge.
Lemon bars can be frozen, yes. Freeze sliced lemon bars in an airtight container for up to one month. Let them defrost in the fridge and serve them chilled.
Other Treats to Bake and Eat
- 3-Ingredient Buttery Shortbread Cookies
- Chewy Soft Lemon Cookies
- 4-Ingredient Nutella Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
- 15 Best Lemon Recipes
- Lemon Olive Oil Yogurt Cake
- Lemony Butter Spritz Cookies
- Award Winning Almond Dessert Bars
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Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust
For the Crust:
- For the Crust: Preheat oven to 350F with oven rack at middle position. Press a long piece of foil into 13×9 baking dish, so that the ends hang over the dish (helps with removal of bars). Grease the foil and set aside.
- Blend flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt in food processor until fully combined, about 15 seconds. Add butter and process to blend, about 10 seconds. Then pulse until the mixture looks pale yellow, resembling a coarse meal. If you're doing it by hand, mix the dry ingredients together in large bowl.
- Freeze butter and grate it on large holes of a grater, into the bowl and toss pieces to coat with flour mixture. Rub the bits with fingers until flour turns pale yellow and resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle crust mixture into prepared pan and firmly press into an even layer over bottom of pan. Place pan in freezer for 10 minutes. Then bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- For the Filling: Whisk eggs, sugar, and flour in large bowl. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, milk, and salt to incorporate.
- Reduce oven temp to 325F. Stir filling mixture well, and pour into warm crust. Bake until filling feels firm upon a very light touch, 20-25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely to room temp.
- Tightly cover and chill in fridge before serving. Once chilled, remove entire dessert with foil sling, and cut into squares with a very sharp knife or serrated knife. Dust with powdered sugar upon serving, if desired.
- If dusting with powdered sugar on top, wait until you’re ready to serve. Otherwise, powdered sugar will dissolve.
- Lemon bars keep well in the fridge. Wrap them airtight for up to 4 days.
- Baked lemon bars can be wrapped airtight and frozen for up to 1 month.
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