Prep: 15 min., Bake: 50 min., Cool: 1 hr.
Stir together butter, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Gradually stir in pecans and 1 1/4 cups of flour, stirring until blended. Press dough firmly onto bottom of a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.
Bake at 350° for 15 minutes.
Beat cream cheese and granulated sugar at high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add eggs and remaining 1/2 cup flour; beat until blended. Stir in lemon rind and juice; pour filling evenly over prepared crust.
Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 hour or until completely cool. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar; cut into 32 bars.
I've made these bars several times. They are requested for our neighborhood block party.
I love these bars. They're creamier than the ones I usually see and taste natural. A keeper!