My Best Lemon Bars

Crawford Family Lemon Bars

There could be hell to pay for letting this recipe out!  Some recipes you just don’t want to let go of and this is one of mine.  A specialty of our family, these are the best Lemon Bars we have ever tasted.

I’m a lemon bar critic and I think they should have enough lemon to let the flavor explode in your mouth without making you pucker.  To me, that’s a proper lemon bar.  These give you that initial lemon intensity, then the buttery, flakey crust mellows the whole thing out into a sweet, tart, rich and oh-so-addicting bar.  If you have lemon lovers in your family, they will love these!  Believe me, I’ve made this recipe so many times and it never fails to get compliments.  Make sure the bars cool completely before you cut them as the center needs time to set.  These also travel well so they are great for potlucks or as a welcome surprise treat.

Crawford Family Lemon Bars – by Debra Crawford
Makes a 8 x 12 pan

I have a really old glass Pyrex pan that I use to make these…..

2 –     Cups all-purpose flour
1/2  – Cup Powdered sugar
4 –     Large eggs
2 –     Cups regular sugar
1/4 –  Cup flour
1/2 –   Teaspoon baking powder
1/3 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees –
Mix 2 cups flour, 1 cup softened (not melted) butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until crumbly and then press evenly into a lightly oiled glass pan using the palm of your hand or a flat turner.   Bake this crust for 25 minutes.

In the meantime, mix the remaining ingredients, whisking to thoroughly incorporate into a smooth filling.  Pour over crust and return to oven for 30 – 45 minutes until the top is golden.  As soon as the bars are removed from the oven, sprinkle them with powered sugar and then cool thoroughly.  Cut into squares.

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