Lemon Bars

Copyright 1999, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Show: The Perfect 3 Episode: Cookies

Photo: Lemon Bars

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 35 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 30 min
Cook: 55 min
 
YIELD: 20 squares or 40 triangles
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

FOR THE CRUST:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
    FOR THE FILLING:
    • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 cup flour
    • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
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    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

    Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
    For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.
    Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners' sugar.
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