Lemon Bars

Happy Valentine’s Day! One of my all time favorite desserts to make is Lemon Bars and this version created by Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) is my absolute favorite! It just wouldn’t be fitting to feature anything but a delicious dessert on Valentine’s Day! These are easy enough to whip up TODAY if you’re still in need of something special for your sweetheart! These bars have a deliciously flaky pastry crust, tart lemon curd filling and a dusting of powdered sugar on top! These tart lemon squares brighten up the end of any heavy and decadent Valentine’s Day meal! I like to garnish my plate with a few red ripe raspberries or drizzle of strawberry sauce.

Lemon Bars
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These Lemon Bars have a deliciously flaky pastry crust, tart lemon curd filling and a dusting of powdered sugar on top!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
55 min
For the crust
  1. 1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
  2. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  3. 2 cups all purpose flour
  4. 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
For the filling
  1. 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  2. 3 cups granulated sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
  4. 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  5. 1 cup all purpose flour
  6. Powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 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 x 13 x 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.
  3. Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.
Adapted from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)
Adapted from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa)
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