Rich and buttery Lemon Bars made with Meyer lemon juice and zest. A delicious afternoon treat with a cup of tea or coffee.
A few years ago, I received a gorgeous Meyer lemon tree for my birthday. That tree has been such a delight! It lives in the corner of my office/studio and happily provides us with bumper crops of lemons every year.
I’m always looking for ways to use all those luscious lemons. I think this weekend it will be time go ahead and take this year’s remaining lemons off, zest and juice them, and freeze them for later. Especially since my tree is already starting to bloom for next year’s crop!
My latest use was for these Lemon Bars, made at BeeBop’s request. I have to warn you that this is a really rich and decadent recipe. Really… three cups of sugar and a cup of butter!
I cut some large squares for the photo, but in reality I cut these into about 1″ x 3″ bars for serving. Even smaller would work well, too.
They’re a very occasional treat for us and the majority of them are typically sent to co-workers so we won’t be tempted to over indulge. I really enjoy these with a nice cup of English breakfast tea.
How to Make Lemon Bars
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Then generously butter a 9×13 baking pan and set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, confectioner’s sugar and salt. Cut in the butter making a crumbly mixture.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it evenly into the bottom. As you press, this mixture will become very sticky so you’ll need to keep your hands well floured while you work.
Bake the crust for 20 minutes or until it is a light golden brown.
While the crust is baking, make the filling by combining the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice and lemon zest.
When the crust is lightly browned, remove it from the oven and pour the filling mixture on top. Return the pan to the oven and continue baking for 25 minutes more.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into bars or squares. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.
More Bar Cookies on Never Enough Thyme:
- Turtle Cookie Bars
- Graham Cookie Bars
- Chocolate Raspberry Bar Cookies
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars
Lemon Bar Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Strawberry Lemon Bars from No Recipes
- Barbara Bakes’ Lemon Bar Cookie Cups
- Gingered Lemon Bars from Simply Recipes
- Lemon Blueberry Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
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For the crust:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
For the filling:
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 6 tblsp. all-purpose flour
- 8 tblsp. fresh lemon juice
- Zest of one lemon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter a 9x13 baking pan. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, confectioner’s sugar and salt.
- Cut in the butter making a crumbly mixture.
- Press the mixture into the buttered pan. You will need to flour your hands well while pressing in the mixture as it is quite sticky.
- Bake the crust for 20 minutes or until it is a light golden brown.
- Meanwhile, make the filling by combining the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Remove the crust from the oven and pour the filling over.
- Return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes more.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Cut into bars or squares.
- Dust with confectioner’s sugar.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 6g
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