Classic Tangy Lemon Bars

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Classic Tangy Lemon Bars Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

These lemon bars are straight-up puckery perfection. We mix the filling together just before the crust comes out of the oven and then pour it onto the hot crust so that it sets quickly.

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 square)


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3 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour (about 2/3 cup)
1.5 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
2 tablespoons canola oil
Cooking spray
1.5 ounces unbleached all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons powdered sugar


Hands-on: 15 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours, 53 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. To prepare crust, weigh or lightly spoon 3 ounces (about 2/3 cup) all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon salt) in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and oil; pulse 5 to 6 times or until mixture resembles sand. Pour the mixture into an 8-inch square light-colored metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Lightly press mixture into bottom of pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

3. To prepare filling, weigh or lightly spoon 1.5 ounces (about 1/3 cup) flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place 1.5 ounces flour in a large bowl. Add granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon rind, lemon juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; stir well with a whisk. Add eggs; gently stir with a whisk until combined. Pour mixture onto hot crust. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or just until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate for 2 hours before slicing. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar.

Created date

February 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 179
Fat 6 g
Satfat 2.4 g
Monofat 2.3 g
Polyfat 0.9 g
Protein 3 g
Carbohydrate 29 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 54 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 55 mg
Calcium 12 mg