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Citrus Bars

Prep time 15 mins
Bake time 52 mins
Yield Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Garnish: orange and lemon rind strips

How to Make It

  1. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; add 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Beat until mixture forms a smooth dough. Press mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking pan.

  2. Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until lightly browned.

  3. Whisk together remaining 1/4 cup flour, granulated sugar, and next 6 ingredients; pour over baked crust.

  4. Bake at 350° for 28 to 30 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, and cut into bars. Garnish, if desired.