Monday, March 3, 2014

Lemon Bars



There are certain desserts that I forget about and then when someone brings them up I cannot get them out of my mind until I make {or eat} them. That is exactly what happened with these lemon bars. One of my very best friends is also my neighbor and the other day she mentioned that she was going to make lemon bars. Well long story short she ended up making something else and I have not been able to stop thinking about these lemon bars. And fortunately the person who lives directly behind me has a lemon tree that will not stop growing and is hanging half way over the fence. So I decided that it was time to make these so I could stop thinking about them. I made them and then ate them and then ate more while my kids were napping and had some for dessert that night too. And then they were gone…thank goodness! I could not stop with these little things! 

Lemon Bars

Crust:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter

Filling:
4 eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (use 1/2 cup if you use bottled lemon juice)
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Then combine crust ingredients in a bowl. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and then press crust mixture in the bottom. Bake for 20 minutes. Crust should become like brown in the middle and the edges a little darker brown. While the crust in baking combined all filling ingredients in the same bowl. Once the crust is done pour filling over warm crust and then place back in the oven and bake for an additional 18 minutes. Take out of oven and garnish with powdered sugar and lemon zest. Let cool before cutting into them or else they will become a gooey 
mess!





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