Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars Recipe With Shortbread Crust

Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars Recipe With Shortbread Crust
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We have a sweet Southern Old-fashioned lemon squares treat for you this evening. This irresistible baked old-fashioned lemon bars recipe with shortbread crust is super comforting and delicious.

I have to admit, I Love, Love, Love anything with Lemon…Heck, I drink a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice every morning. No wonder, I go head over heels for cold lemon desserts so much!

So, I decided to share my favorite baked Southern old-fashioned lemon bars recipe filled inside my special shortbread crust which is one of our decadent best lemon desserts of all time.

Lemon Bars With Graham Cracker Crust

If you want your Lemon bars with graham cracker crust instead of the below shortbread crust, simply substitute the 2 cups of flour with the graham cracker crumbs and combine with 10 tablespoons of melted butter and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Continue with step 5 below.

Ready to make these Decadent Baked Classic Old-fashioned lemon bars with shortbread crust? let’s do it!

Ingredients For Lemon Bars Shortbread Crust:

  • 220 grams all-purpose flour (2 cups)
  • 100 grams sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 450 unsalted butter ( 1 block) cold chopped into cubes
  • 2 grams salt (1/4 teaspoon)
  • 6 grams vanilla extract (1 1/4 teaspoon)

Ingredients For the Lemon Bar Filling:

  • 350 grams whole eggs (7 large eggs)
  • 350 grams sugar ( 1 3/4 cups)
  • 240 grams fresh lemon juice (1 cup)
  • 120 grams all-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 15 grams fresh lemon zest (3 tablespoons)
  • 75 grams confectioners sugar for dusting (3/4 cup)

How To Make Easy Classic Lemon Bars?

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)
  2. Prepare a 13 inch by 9-inch rectangular baking pan with parchment, covering the bottom and sides, the height of the pan should be about 2 inches.
  3. For The Shortbread Crust– Combine the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment and mix at medium-high speed until the mixture is creamy, smooth and sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add the 2 cups of all-purpose flour, salt, and vanilla extract, and mix on medium-low speed until a breadcrumb consistency is developed.
  5. Transfer the shortbread dough into the baking pan and spread pressing firmly onto the bottom and side of the baking pan.
  6. Place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in color.
  7. Make The Lemon Filling– Add the sugar and eggs into a medium-size bowl and beat together until well combined.
  8. Add the lemon zest and juice and mix until well incorporated.
  9. Combine the 1 cup with the egg mixture and mix using a whisk the lemon filling is smooth and without any clumps of flour.
  10. Pour the lemon filling into the crust, and bake for 30-35 minutes. The filling will be slightly set in the middle.
  11. Once baked, let it cool at room temperature for 50-60 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours adding the confectioner’s sugar and serving.
  12. Finish off by gently dusting the top of the lemon bars with confectioners icing sugar.
  13. Enjoy!
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Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars

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We have a sweet Southern Old-fashioned lemon squares treat for you this evening. This irresistible baked old-fashioned lemon bars recipe with shortbread crust is super comforting and delicious.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert, Easy
Cuisine American
Servings 20 bars
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients For Lemon Bars Shortbread Crust:
  • 220 grams all-purpose flour 2 cups
  • 100 grams sugar 1/2 cup
  • 450 grams unsalted butter 1 block cold chopped into cubes
  • 2 grams salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • 6 grams vanilla extract 1 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ingredients For the Lemon Bar Filling:
  • 350 grams whole eggs 7 large eggs
  • 350 grams sugar 1 3/4 cups
  • 240 grams fresh lemon juice 1 cup
  • 120 grams all-purpose flour 1 cup
  • 15 grams fresh lemon zest 3 tablespoons
  • 75 grams confectioners sugar for dusting 3/4 cup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Prepare a 13 inch by 9-inch rectangular baking pan with parchment, covering the bottom and sides, the height of the pan should be about 2 inches.
  • For The Shortbread Crust- Combine the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment and mix at medium-high speed until the mixture is creamy, smooth and sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the 2 cups of all-purpose flour, salt, and vanilla extract, and mix on medium-low speed until a breadcrumb consistency is developed.
  • Transfer the shortbread dough into the baking pan and spread pressing firmly onto the bottom and side of the baking pan.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in color.
  • Make The Lemon Filling- Add the sugar and eggs into a medium-size bowl and beat together until well combined.
  • Add the lemon zest and juice and mix until well incorporated.
  • Combine the 1 cup with the egg mixture and mix using a whisk the lemon filling is smooth and without any clumps of flour.
  • Pour the lemon filling into the crust, and bake for 30-35 minutes. The filling will be slightly set in the middle.
  • Once baked, let it cool at room temperature for 50-60 minutes, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours adding the confectioner’s sugar and serving.
  • Finish off by gently dusting the top of the lemon bars with confectioners icing sugar.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword classic lemon bars, cold lemon desserts, lemon desserts, lemon squares, old fashioned lemon squares


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