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Meyer Lemon Bars

Meyer Lemon Bars

There simply is nothing like a lemon bar. You have the tart lemon surrounded by that mildly sweet flavor that is truly addictive. The sprinkling of powdered sugar makes them so attractive too. Do you want to try an even sweeter version of the much craved lemon bar…go with Meyer Lemon Bars.

Now is the time of year when you can find meyer lemons at specialty food stores and farmer’s markets. When you find them, grab them immediately! Grab extra too! They are well worth it just to have the experience of the perfect lemon bar. These Meyer Lemon Bars have an addictive shortbread crust, an almost but not quite cakey texture, and that oh so sweet and slightly tart lemon filling. If you are unable to find meyer lemons (sigh), you can use this recipe for the standard lemon bars. They will just be more tart and will miss that unique orange flavor that is the hallmark of the meyer lemon. Either way, you are going to love it!

Meyer Lemon Bars Recipe

Makes 18-24 small bars

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour (All Purpose)
  • 1 Cup Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Sticks Butter, cold and cut into small cubes
  • Filling:
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Flour (All Purpose)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Meyer lemon zest
  • 1/2 Cup Freshly squeezed meyer lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make crust: Using a food processor, add 2 cups flour, confectioner’s sugar and salt. Pulse to mix. Add cold butter gradually with food processor on until texture is similar to crumbs. Remove and press evenly into pan. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.
  3. To make filling: Whisk eggs, sugar, flour and salt until combined. Add in lemon zest and juice, whisking until combined. Pour into crust. Bake for 22-27 minutes or until set and lightly browned on top. Cool completely.
  4. Sift powdered sugar over top and cut into bars to serve.
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