Zesty Lemon Bars: Sunshine in Every Bite

When life hands you lemons, it’s time to bake up some joy! Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with our delightful Zesty Lemon Bars. These bars are a burst of sunshine in every single bite, combining the tangy freshness of lemons with the sweetness of a perfectly baked crust. Whether you’re planning a picnic, a brunch, or simply want to treat yourself to something special, these lemon bars are the answer.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and powdered sugar. Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan to form the crust. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the crust is lightly golden.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, and baking powder until well combined.
  5. Pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust, then return the pan to the oven. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set.
  6. Remove from the oven and let the bars cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  7. Dust the cooled bars with powdered sugar, then cut into squares.
  8. Serve and enjoy the sunny deliciousness!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

These Zesty Lemon Bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy, with a buttery crust that melts in your mouth. The bright flavor of fresh lemons makes them an irresistible treat for any occasion.

Nutrition information: Calories: 220 | Total Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 40mg | Total Carbohydrates: 31g | Sugars: 20g | Protein: 3g

Just like a sunbeam on a cloudy day, these Zesty Lemon Bars bring a ray of happiness to your taste buds. The crisp crust and luscious lemony layer create a harmonious dance of flavors that’s sure to put a smile on your face. Whether you’re savoring them with a cup of tea or sharing them with loved ones, these bars are a reminder that a little zest can go a long way in brightening up your day. So, gather your ingredients, preheat that oven, and let the baking begin – a burst of citrusy delight awaits!

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