My little chef-in-training, Tyler, was given his own apron and kids cookbook for Christmas. We’ve tried a few of the recipes from it so far, including a recipe for Lemon Bars that was absolutely delicious!
I usually am not a fan of lemon-based desserts, but I couldn’t get enough of these bars! I can’t believe how simple they are to make, and of course, the boys loved to help with this recipe. According to Tyler, he had to help since it was from his recipe book!
Last week, Tyler asked if we could make something from his cookbook, and he wanted to make a dessert. So we looked through the book and found this recipe. He gets so excited to help in the kitchen. He immediately runs to grab his stool, wash his hands, and asks for help putting his apron on. Now and then, Ryan decides he wants to help as well.
One of the best aspects of this recipe is the ingredient list. Everything required to make the lemon bars are foods I almost always have on hand. The crust is made of butter, flour, and powdered sugar and the filling is made of eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and flour. The only thing I don’t always have is a lemon, but the zest is just extra, and I do make sure to have lemon juice in the refrigerator at all times.
Start the recipe by making the crust. Use a mixer to blend 3/4 cup of butter until it becomes fluffy, usually about a minute. You can use a hand-held electric mixer or a stand mixer if you have one. Then add the flour and powdered sugar, mixing until it forms a soft dough. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and then press the dough into the pan.
Bake the crust for about 15-20 minutes or until the edges just start to brown. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely before moving on to the filling.
Meanwhile, use a mixer to combine the egg and sugar, then add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Blend in the flour until it is all combined, scraping the edges as needed.
Once the crust is cool, pour the filling into the pan over the crust. Tilt the pan around to make sure the filling covers the crust.
Bake the bars for about 25 minutes, until the filling is completely set. After 25 minutes, I used an oven mitt and gave the pan a slight shake. The filling wiggled a little too much, so I left it in for another 5 minutes. After the filling has cooled, cut the bars into small pieces and dust with a bit of powdered sugar.
- 3/4 cup butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup flour
Preheat the oven to 350
Add butter to a medium mixing bowl and blend with an electric mixer for about a minute or until it is fluffy
Add the flour and powdered sugar and mix until it forms a soft dough
Press the dough into a greased 9x13 baking dish until it covers the bottom of the dish and is mostly flat
Bake the crust for about 20 minutes or until it just starts to look golden brown
Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl combine the egg whites and sugar
Mix in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract
Blend the flour into the mixture, it will still be very runny
Pour the filling over the cooled crust, making sure the filling completely covers the crust
Bake again for about 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is firm
Cut the lemon bars into squares and sift powdered sugar over top