69: Lemon Bars

Thursday was a crappy, rainy day, and I’d been out in the weather much too much. I decided I wanted to bake something, but I’ve had a lot of desserts recently and didn’t really want anything too rich. I went for sweet and bright instead.

I decided to make the Lemon Bars recipe out of my 2000 Betty Crocker Cookbook:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup stick margarine, softened
1/4 powdered sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel, if desired
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Mix flour, butter, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Press in ungreased square pan, 8×8 or 9×9, building up 1/2 inch edges.
Bake crust 20 minutes in 350F oven. Remove from oven.
Beat remaining ingredients except powdered sugar with electric mixer on high speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched lightly in center. Cool in pan on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. For bars, cut into 5 rows by 5 rows.

Lemon Bars

I used however much lemon zest I got off of a single lemon, and got 2 tablespoons of juice from it as well. I baked mine a few minutes longer because I didn’t think they’re done. I used a 9-inch square pan and cut 16 squares.

This is my first successful time baking lemon bars (I tried years ago with a recipe that just didn’t quite work out). I had a few while warm, but I prefer mine cold. These are tasty, a good standard recipe. They taste bright, and the shortbread is nice and crisp. This is a good enough recipe. That said, I love lemon. I’ve already found a recipe that takes more lemon juice, and I’m betting it’s going to be the one I really enjoy.

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