The Tangiest Lemon Bars

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Author Notes: My mom and I had the pleasure of attending a class by Alice Medrich. Of course she made one scrumptous dessert after another. We left her class so excited to try what was demonstrated. I also purchased her beautiful cookbook, Pure Desserts. The following recipe is adapted from Alice's book. I used organic lemons, since I live in Michigan without Meyer lemons!ashleychasesdinner

Serves 20

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all- purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all- purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest- use organic lemons for the best flavor, may also use Meyer lemons
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice from organic lemon
  • powered sugar for dusting if you desire
  1. To make the crust: In a bowl, combine butter, sugar, vanilla and salt. Add the flour and mix just intil incorporated.
  2. Press the dough into the bottom of a 8- inch square baking pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Should be browned around the edges, and golden in the center.
  4. To make the topping: In a bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Mix well. Whisk in the eggs.
  5. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice.
  6. Take the baked crust from the oven, and reduce heat to 300 degrees.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the hot crust.
  8. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the middle no longer jiggles when the pan is tapped.
  9. Take out of oven and cool completely.
  10. Once cooled, take a sharp knife and cut into sqares. Dust with powered sugar if desired.
  11. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Ashley, I made this for Christmas-- we had a ton of Meyer lemons-- and im making it as a tart tonight. Thanks for a great recipe!


almost 3 years ago idaz

Thank you so much for such an amazing recipe! I followed your recipe to the letter and it came out absolutely wonderful! Very easy to make. My husband and both my boys ( ages 16 and 22) loved it! I'm going to make another batch tomorrow.


over 3 years ago eaevans

you REALLY need to grease the pan! the flavor is great.


over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

or line it with parchment-- works great.


over 3 years ago elizabethrose

I did it in jellyroll pan, tripled the crust ingredients plus 1/4 to 1/2 of extra flour to make it crumblier (is that a word?). In addition, I downsized on the sugar in the custard to 2 cups, went up to a full 2 cups on the lemon juice (remember I tripled everything), and added a 1/4 cup of half and half = not too soupy if you only bake for a little over 15 min.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love lemon bars these sound delish, glad to see you again!


over 3 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks sdebrango!


about 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks Pat in SoCal for the info on doubling the recipe. I have some lemons on my counter right now, so I may just experiment today since it is a raining afternoon as well!


over 4 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Hi Pat in SoCal,
I haven't doubled this recipe, but I imagine if you are using a bigger pan it could work. Just keep an eye on the bars when cooking, just give the pan a tap and if it no longer jiggles, its good! Or you could double the recipe and cook in two seperate 8 inch square pans.
Whatever you decide, I hope it works out! Enjoy!


about 4 years ago nutcakes

I doubled it and made it in a pan just slightly off from 9x13, but I can't remember the size.


over 4 years ago Pat in SoCal

Have you ever had success doubling this? Do you think it would work in a jellyroll pan or is it too soupy? TIA


almost 5 years ago ashleychasesdinner

Thanks drbabs!! I LOVE lemon bars too!


almost 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I LOVE lemon bars! You should enter this into the Open House challenge!