Hi there, my Kenarry friends! It’s Robin from A Home to Grow Old In. We have had a cold spring in New England, but our temperatures are finally starting to warm up. Whenever we start to get some beautiful weather my mind immediately turns to food because I start thinking about barbecues, picnics, and outdoor get-togethers with family and neighbors. If you’re the same way, then you are in luck today, because I am sharing one of my all-time favorite summer desserts…the most irresistible lemon bars recipe.
We’re really big on entertaining friends over here, especially in the summer. I try to serve desserts that don’t need a utensil to eat it with (just one less thing to worry about), so any cookies, bars, brownies, etc. are a winner in my book. The nice thing about these bars is that you can make them the night before your event, and they’ll have lots of time to chill in the fridge.
You’ll love this lemon bars recipe because it has a shortbread crust that stays crisp even after it’s been in the refrigerator, and the custard portion has just the right amount of tartness. It’s the perfect balance of sweet from the crust and sour from the lemon custard that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for topping)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C.
- Sift the powdered sugar, flour, and salt into a large bowl.
- Combine the flour mixture with the butter by hand.
- Press the dough into the bottom of a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish.
- Bake for 20 minutes. After removing it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Whisk the eggs, sugar, flour, and salt in a large bowl.
- Stir in the lemon juice and zest until well combined.
- Pour the custard onto the crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
These bars are always a huge hit at our summer parties with both kids and grown-ups. And, they’re such a beautiful dessert. Their sunny yellow color just screams “summer”! You’ve got to try these for your next get-together!
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Robin is a home decor and DIY blogger at A Home To Grow Old In that lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and 2 young boys. She moved into a 90 year old Tudor-style home in 2015 after spending the last several years in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, she had an opportunity to attend culinary school and enjoys sharing many of her favorite recipes on her blog. Robin’s days are spent enjoying time with her boys that are growing up too fast or making over rooms in her home by refinishing furniture she already owns or repurposing things that she finds.