This is a favorite bar cookie recipe from my youth. It's even featured in the 2007 movie Nancy Drew.
Nancy always has a tin with Lemon Bars in her bag. She uses them to help tame the bad guys.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
- 1-1/3 plus 2 tablespoons cups flour, divided
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- juice and zest from 1 large lemon*
- powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 8-inch square pan. Completely combine 1-1/3 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar and butter. Press down into prepared pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are brown. Combine remaining ingredients, except powdered sugar, until well mixed. Pour over crust and continue baking for 18 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cool complete before cutting into 16 bars.
*Use 2 limes or 3 key limes instead of the lemon. Skip the powdered sugar. When serving top with whipped cream for a small version of a Key Lime Pie.
Be sure to watch the DVD Nancy Drew. Any movie with desserts in it can't be so bad.