Saturday, March 24, 2012

Lemon Bars

My kids are obsessed with juicing lemons.  They love to juice them and drink the juice just to get see who puckers the most.  Just talking about it is making my mouth tighten up and water! I don't particularly like sour things but they love it.

So when they asked to buy a bag of lemons at Costco, I obliged and knew they would have fun juicing them.  Little did I know that we ended up with 2 bags of lemons!  We often buy a ton of food at Costco and we had 2 carts so we had a bag of lemons in each cart.  That's a lot of puckering!

When I came home I decided I need to do something more creative with the lemons than just watching the kids juice it and drink it.  So Joanne's lemon bars came to mind. She used Meyer lemons which I've never had but these seemed to work just fine.  These were nice and sweet; just the way that I like to eat lemons!

Lemon Bars Recipe
Adapted from Eats Well With Others

1/2 lb. butter, at room temperature (I used one stick and it turned out fine)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 tsp. salt

6 extra large eggs, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tbsp. lemon zest
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour

Cream together the butter and sugar until light in the bowl with an electric mixer. Add the flour and salt and mix together until just mixed.  Flatten the dough into a 9 x 13 in. baking dish, sprayed with cooking spray.  Chill crust in the freezer for 10 minutes. 

Preheat oven to 350.  Bake crust for 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned. 

For the lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until set.  Pour over the crust and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until set.  Let cool to room temperature.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. 

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Weekend Wrap Up at Tatertots and Jello
Ultimate Recipe Swap at Life as Mom

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  1. These sound like a perfect way to use all those lemons...I'm not a fan of sour either...I prefer my lemons in desserts.

  2. Living in AZ we have access to a lot of local (and cheap) lemons, these look delicious.

  3. How about that? I was just thinking about lemon bars today. I can almost taste these - they're gorgeous! MMMM!

  4. Whenever I think of spring desserts, lemon bars are the first thing that come to mind! Perfect way to use up some lemons so the kids don't melt their brains doing the "pucker face." lol

  5. I can't believe you had a plate and background that matched the bars! YOu must be growing quite a props collection. :)

  6. Hi!
    I'd love it if you'd stop by and link these up to A Themed Bakers Sunday! The theme this week is anything Citrus!
    Hope to see you there!

  7. nice idea.. thanks for sharing....