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Lemon Bars

December 28, 2009

We have really been making up for our lack of posts during the end of fall quarter/semester!  Can winter break last forever?  Baking and spending time with my best friends definitely beats going back to neuroscience.  BLAH.  Sadly, this is my last week back home, but it will be a good one.  I’m excited for nye, and I’m going to bake a few goodies to bring back to school with me as well.

Here is a very simple recipe to try out, lemon bars.  Amy came over to my house to bake these with me, and we brought them to an ugly sweater party.  Our friends loved them, and I’m sure you will too!

Gather your ingredients for the crust…

and for the filling.

Mix together all the ingredients for the crust until it is crumbly.  (Check out the adorable apron Amy got me for Chanukah!)

Use your hands to press the mixture into the pan.  I suggest putting some flour on your fingers because the dough is a little sticky.

Bake for 20 minutes.

While the crust is baking, mix together all the ingredients for the filling.

Pour over baked crust,

and bake for 25 more minutes.

Once cooled, sprinkle some powder sugar on top and enjoy!  Very sweet and delicious.


Lemon bars

(recipe adapted from Paula Deen)



2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup confectioners’ powdered sugar, plus more for dusting

pinch salt

2 sticks butter, at room temperature


4 eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 2-3 lemons)

zest of 1 lemon

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

2. Make the crust by combining the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt in a large bowl.  Cut in the butter to make a crumbly mixture.  Press the mixture into the prepared pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, to make the filling, mix the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  Pour mixture over baked crust and bake for 25 more minutes.  Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar once the bars have cooled.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sam permalink
    December 28, 2009 3:45 pm

    1. laura, you are way too cute with that apron.
    2. i LOVE lemon bars. and you.
    3. i am moving to california so you can bake me lemon bars for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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