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Lemon Bars Recipe

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This recipe for Lemon Bars, by , is from Nana's Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Deanna Cummings


1 cup all-purpose flour
cup unsalted butter at room temperature
cup confectioners sugar
tsp vanilla extract
tsp salt
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
cup lemon juice (can use lemon from lemon zest)
1 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
1 tsp confectioners sugar, or to taste

1. Place an oven rack into middle position in oven and preheat oven to 350 f. Lightly oil an 8x8 baking dish.

2. Place 1 cup flour and butter in a mixing bowl and mash the back of a spatula or wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. Mix in cup confectioners sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Mash mixture together until the mixture looks like a slightly crumbly cookie dough.

3. Moisten your fingers with a little water and press dough into the bottom of prepared baking dish. Use a fork to prick holes all over the crust.

4. Bake crust on center rack int he preheated oven until crust edges are barely golden brown, 22 minutes.

5. Beat eggs and egg yolks together in a bowl, whisk in white sugar and 2 tablespoons flour until smooth. Add lemon juice (the fresh juice and whatever needed to make a total of cup) and lemon zest, whisk for 2 minutes. Pour lemon custard over crust.

6. Bake on center rack until custard is set and the top has a thin white sugary crust, 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Dip knife into very hot water, run around the edge and cut into squares. Dust with 1 tsp confectioners sugar.




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