Luscious Lemon Bars

I love lemon bars, like love love lemon bars. I love the lemony taste and will add even extra lemon juice to get more of that luscious lemon flavor. I have used the standard lemon bar recipe for years and wasn't never really wowed but I made it for that lemon taste I craved. Today, however, my opinion of lemon bars have changed because of this awesome recipe I recently stumbled upon. Do you crave that almost pucker when eating lemon bars, do you want that yummy crust? Make these bars and your life will forever be changed as you know it.
First, gather together your ingredients for the crust: 1 3/4 cup flour, 2/3 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1 1/2 stick butter (12 tablespoons), room temperature, 1 egg yolk. For the filling: 1/2 cup flour, 2 1/4 cup sugar, zest of 1 lemon, 1 cup fresh lemon juice, 6 eggs plus 1 yolk.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease your 9X13 pan. In your food processor, combine the flour, powdered sugar and cornstarch. Add in the butter and pulse until the ingredients look like wet sand.
*side note, I used my mixer for the above step because my food processor isn't large enough to hold that much flour and butter. The results turned out the same.

Add in the egg yolk to the above ingredients.

Press the dough into an even layer on the bottom of your baking dish.


Freeze the dough for 15 minutes and then bake the crust for about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Remove the crust from the oven and let cool.


While the crust is cooling, it is time to make the lemon filling.
In your mixing bowl, combine the flour and sugar.

Add in the lemon zest and juice. I added zest of 2 lemons because I love that lemon flavor.





Whisk in the eggs and extra yolk.


 Pour the lemon filling over the crust.


Before you put the bars back into the oven, reduce the temperature to 300 degrees. Bake the filling for about 30 minutes or until the filling sets. Cool the bars in the refrigerator for an hour.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, then serve, eat and enjoy!


37 comments:

The Heights Life! said...

Yummy! I love lemon bars and lemon meringue pie! They are my fav! I will have to try this recipe!!

The Unlikely Runner said...

Oh I love lemon bars! These look amazing!!

Rachel said...

Lemon is my favorite flavor (in case you can't tell by my blog layout) so I must try to make these on my own!

Kira said...

I agree, if I am eating a lemon dessert, I really want to taste that lemon! Go big or go home ;)

The Presutti's said...

Those look so good! Yum!

Courtney said...

I love lemon bars! I'll try your recipe, looks so good!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

I love lemon bars. Weird story but I use to work at a women's prison where they offered a culinary program and those criminals made the best darm lemon bars ever!!!

still being [molly] said...

meg you are quite the baker. these look amazing!

Alexa said...

Oh Meg yum! These (as do all of your creations) look phenomenal!

Tiara Wasner said...

Lemon bars are one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

These look yummy!

Always Maylee said...

YUM, I love lemon bars! Definitely trying this!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

YUM!! I swear you are like the best baker EVER! :)

Amanda said...

I am right with you on the lemon bar love!! They are my favorite baked good!

Danielle said...

These look so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Stephanie @ bourbon and glitter said...

Awesome! Lemon anything is my dad's favorite, definitely trying this recipe next. Thanks Meg!

Megan Wait said...

Oh wow Meg, these look so yummy! Another something I would have to try this weekend!

Stephanie Lam said...

Looks delicious!! Lemon anything is my favorite! :)

-Stephanie
@LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

Michelle said...

These look so yummy!

CALLIE said...

Mouth.Is.Watering.

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Wow. This looks amazing.... totally yummy!

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella

http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

Meg said...

ooh how yummy!! This looks so good, I can't wait to try it! :) And such a fun blog. I will definitely be following!!

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Ashley said...

Yum, yum, yum. I love that mouthwatering lemony pucker you get from eating a good lemon bar. This sounds delicious. I could really use a kitchenaid mixer. Maybe I'll give it a shot in the food processor first though. (:

Megan G. said...

Mmmm lemon bars are my favorite and yours look absolutely divine!!

Liz Brown said...

My mom and grandma used to make lemon bars ALL the TIME. I don't even know why they stopped! Now I really have to have them. I'm literally putting the ingredients on the grocery list right now.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I am so impatient! This looks good but I'd just go and buy them. Granted thwy wouldn't taste nearly as good.

Amanda Raborn said...

THESE look dangerous! YUMMMM!

Amanda
It's an Easy Life

jillian at faith that laughs. said...

wow those look yummy! i love everything lemon!!

CapeCodCollegiate said...

Lemon Bars are my weakness - I guess I'm going to have to get on this ASAP!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Marie-Eve said...

Looks delicious ! I'm definitely doing this ! Thanks !

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stephanie said...

lemon bars are my absolute favorite!!!

Melissa said...

I can't wait for apple picking, as well! I've also convinced all my guy friends and my boy to participate in No-Shave November, which is my favorite month!

<3 Melissa
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Ashley said...

Delish!!!!

Erin @ Keep Calm and Sparkle said...

Lemon Bars are my fave!!! I will be trying this recipie soon!!!

erica said...

Yum! I love lemon bars! Your recipe is different from mine so I will definitely have to give yours a try! xo

Nicole-Lynn said...

Lemon bars are my favorite! These look awesome :)

Gemma said...

Yummy! I've never tried making them!...looking at yours makes me wanna have one now! :-)
I'm Gemma from the blog Cinnamon Girl. Thanks a lot for the comment you left on my vegan tiramisĂș cupcakes recipe!
xoxox
G.
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