Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lemon Bars

Here is another recipe from my favorite Betty Crocker Cookbook (circa 1978). It is a tried and true favorite. They made a lovely ending to a lunch of salad, carrot-broccoli soup, wheat bread and conversation with a dear friend.

Begin the lemon bars preheating oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl mix:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
until it holds together. Press mixture into an 8x8 pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While the cookie base is baking beat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Pour over hot crust. Bake about 25 minutes longer or just until no imprint remains when touched lightly in center. Cool, cut in squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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