July 15, 2013

{Mingle Monday} Sweet Summer Lemon Bars Recipe

Sweet Summer Lemon Bars

Yield: 24 bars

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 40 min

For lemon lovers...

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup finely grated lemon zest (you'll need about 6 large lemons)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (with the pulp)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
additional powdered sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with nonstick spray.

2. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in 2/3 cup powdered sugar. Add 2 cups of flour a little at a time, beating until lumps begin to form.

3. Press dough over the bottom of the prepared pan (use a fork to press). Bake until crust is light golden, about 20 minutes.

4. While crust is baking, beat sugar and eggs in a medium bowl until blended. Beat in lemon juice and zest, baking powder, and then flour.

5. Pour lemon filling over hot crust. Bake until filling is set in the center and browns on top (about 20 minutes). Transfer to rack to cool.

6. When completely cooled, cut into bars. Dust with powdered sugar.

*These bars may be made one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve

Lemon Bars are a crisp treat on hot days, with some southern sweet tea.  Hope some of you stopping by - decide to try it.  I give it the Coffee Mommy Rating of - A+!  Definitely one to try.
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