Streusel-Topped Lemon Shortbread Bars

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Yield:

Makes 32 bars

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Bake: 1 Hour, 8 Minutes

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and divided
2 egg yolks
6 large eggs
2 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar

Preparation

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a food processor. Add 3/4 cup butter pieces to food processor, and pulse 12 to 15 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal; chill remaining 1/4 cup butter pieces. Add egg yolks, and process just until mixture forms clumps. (Clumps will be moist.) Press mixture onto bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch pan.

2. Bake at 350° for 16 to 18 minutes or just until golden brown around edges. Remove pan from oven, and reduce temperature to 325°.

3. Whisk together eggs and 2 cups sugar in a large bowl until blended. Combine 1/2 cup flour and baking powder; whisk into egg mixture until blended. Whisk in 4 tsp. grated lemon rind and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice. Immediately pour lemon mixture over hot crust in pan.

4. Bake at 325° for 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is set. Remove from oven.

5. Combine 1/4 tsp. salt, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and remaining 3/4 cup flour. Cut in reserved 1/4 cup butter pieces with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over hot lemon mixture, and bake 25 more minutes or just until lightly golden. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 32 (1 1/2- x 2-inch) bars, and sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar.

Note:

Peggy Sharpe, Michigan City, Mississippi,

April 2006
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