Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lemon Bars

So yesterday was the first day of spring - yippeee!!!!!  How long have we been waiting for this day to come??!!  Feels like FOREVER.  I intended to post this recipe yesterday to celebrate our little yearly milestone, but a mom of 3 busy kids, well, you know.  :-)  The day got away from me - again.

So, today is rainy and cold.  Welcome spring.  But, maybe this little ray of sunshine dessert will be the perfect pick me up?

I also had leftover filling, so I made some extra crust and set it inside a couple of ramekins and made tarts.  Those were yummy, and my kids loved having their own personal dessert!

Lemon Bars
Original Recipe by Ina Garten
Yields: 20 squares
Cook Time: 55 minutes

For the crust:
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C granulated sugar
2 C all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. kosher salt

For the filling:
6 extra large eggs, room temperature
3 C granulated sugar
2 T grated lemon zest (about 4-6 lemons)
1 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 C flour
Confectioner's sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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.

Please click here for a printable version of this recipe - Kitchen Groovy

Enjoy and live with gusto!!


  1. wow these look fantastic! I've seriously been talking with my mom for two weeks about lemon bars. I think we'll have to try these! yay for spring!

  2. C- Luv Ms. Ina and congrats on your anniversary!

    What a nice touch with blueberries - am so ready for spring :)

  3. Looks so yummy! My friend is a huge fan of lemon bars, so I'm going to keep this recipe and surprise her on some occasion. ;-) Thanks for sharing!

  4. So pretty! It's rainy and cold here too...but I've seen flower buds starting to pop out!

  5. Oooh, I love lemon bars! These look wonderful and so pretty with the blueberries on top! Happy Spring!

  6. These look fabulous! I love sweets made with lemon... tangy and sweet at the same time. Great recipe Carina and very nice photos too! :-)