Sweet Lemon Bars

Posted on June 28, 2008 
Filed Under Cookies and bars

I love looking thro’ recipes, cookbooks, etc. It can keep my attention as good as any interesting book. And one nice thing about it is that it is calorie-free… the looking and reading, that is! Where I get into trouble is when something reaches out and grabs me and I can’t help but go out to the kitchen and make it. That’s why I purposely don’t keep chocolate chips on hand. Chocolate is my weakness. And I do believe that I’ve become immune to getting sick from it.

Anyway, it was raining yesterday evening and the church ballgame got cancelled, and I was in the mood to bake something. So, I started going thro’ recipes. I had no chocolate in the house, so any recipe with that was out. I also had no brown sugar, so that threw out alot of cookie recipes. Then this lemon bar recipe caught my eye, and I had everything on hand, including fresh lemons. I didn’t know if any of us even liked lemon bars, but they sure looked tempting on the picture, so lemon bars it was.

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Sweet Lemon Bars …recipe taken from an Easy to Bake Easy to Make recipe card

Printable recipe 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. grated lemon rind
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 3 oz pkg cream cheese, softened

Preheat oven to 350. Line bottom of  8″ square baking dish with parchment paper. I didn’t do that, I just greased the pan well. Mix flour, butter, and powdered sugar together using hand mixer until fine crumbs form. Using drinking glass, press crumbs evenly into bottom of lined baking dish.
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This was sort of a joke. I started like that, but then ended up using my hand. Worked great!

Bake until crust is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
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Meanwhile, beat eggs, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add lemon rind and lemon juice. Blend in cream cheese. Pour over baked crust.
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Return to oven and bake until firm in the center when touched, about 25 minutes longer.
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Cool to room temperature; sift powdered sugar over top. 
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Cut into 9 squares and cut each of the squares in half diagonally to make triangles. Serve or store in refrigerator. Makes 18 triangles.
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For the grated lemon rind and the lemon curl garnishes, I used the tool pictured below. Not sure what it’s called, maybe a lemon zester/scorer. It’s a Pampered Chef item and it works like a charm! I cut off a string of peeling with the part in the middle of the tool, then curled the peel around a pen so it would be more apt to curl on the plate later. I tried to find a utensil with a round handle and had none, so I used a pen. Yeah, even my wooden spoon handles aren’t round! The grating was actually lemon zest, done with the top part. I do it in as tiny pieces as possible so it dissolves or whatever it does that you don’t see it or feel the texture of it in the finished product. 

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I liked these bars the best chilled. When I told Shannon that, he said he’s tried them at every temperature from slightly warm to chilled and they passed with flying colors at all stages. They were just tops and I do know now that baked stuff doesn’t have to be chocolate to taste great and leave you coming back for more. So, we were pretty hard on them and I don’t think I’ll tell you how much of the pan is left! And we’re not sharing, so you’ll just have to make them yourself. :)

Comments

9 Responses to “Sweet Lemon Bars”

  1. Shannon on June 28th, 2008 10:57 am

    I love lemon bars!! Makes me think of Africa. Freida’s mom made them all the time when we were over there and we just inhaled them!!

  2. Rene on June 28th, 2008 12:41 pm

    I just love lemon bars! I’ll be making these soon I’m sure!

  3. Freida on June 28th, 2008 1:01 pm

    Ditto. Lemon bars are tops!!!

  4. Berneice on June 28th, 2008 2:01 pm

    Amen,amen! Love lemon bars, basically anything lemon hits the spot on a hot summer day.

  5. anita on June 28th, 2008 8:16 pm

    When I see lemon bars that ask for lemon zest i know its going to be good i’m going to have to give them a try some time….

  6. Denise on June 29th, 2008 7:07 pm

    Lemon bars are one of my hubby’s favorites. When we were dating, he would drive the 1100 miles from Mississippi to PA to come and see me. So at least one time I sent lemon bars with him. I’ve never seen or made this particular recipe. It looks too!! good!!

  7. carolyn on June 30th, 2008 2:45 am

    Ive never tried lemon bars, but thank u for sharing here, will give it a try :-)

    cheerio

  8. Katie Mast on June 30th, 2008 3:38 pm

    Lemon Bars are one of my husbands favorites as well. I will make these, they look great. Yes that Zestor works great, i use mine a lot to. Thanks for sharing this delightful treat.

  9. Sheila Graber on July 11th, 2008 11:46 am

    I thought these were a little too sweet and not enough lemon but it’s my fault b/c I didn’t have lemon zest and just used the recommended amount of juice instead of increasing it. The crust was perfect-I am going to use it again w/ my fav topping in a 9×13. 6 eggs-6 Tbsp flour-1 3/4 cup sugar-1 cup lemon juice-3 drops yellow food coloring. Bake an additional 25 min and they’re delicious if you like a tart/sweet lemon bar!

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