In the words of my husband, “OHHHH MAN, THESE ARE GOOD!”
The classic, refreshing lemon bars are a two-step process with basic ingredients. You start by making and partially baking a light, crisp, mildly-sweet crust. Then, you whisk together a few ingredients and pour the rich, lemony mixture on top of the crust and bake again. I remember having these bars from a box mix years ago – which I loved – but truthfully, this homemade version is nearly just as simple to make and even more scrumptious. I was going to give them a dusting of confectioner’s sugar, but they just don’t need it!
Classic Lemon Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tsp. grated lemon zest
Note: You’ll need about three lemons for the juice/peel in this recipe.
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl with electric mixer, beat flour, sugar, butter, and peel on low speed until crumbly. Press mixture evenly in bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Bake until light golden brown, about 25 minutes.
While the crust is baking, in large bowl with wire whisk, lightly beat eggs. Whisk in sugar, flour, and baking powder. Add lemon juice and lemon zest until well blended.
Remove partially-baked crust from oven and pour the filling evenly over the top.
Return to the oven and bake 24-26 minutes longer or until top is light golden brown.
Allow to cool for an hour.