Happy September friends! From the things I have been reading it is supposed to be a very transformative month. The number 9 symbolizes great evolution and the birth of a new cycle of life (metaphorically). I thought that was pretty inspiring, and these zesty lemon bars will allow you to welcome all that positive change into your lives with a little more sweetness! There are hundreds of different lemon bar recipes out there, and this is my personal no-fail recipe. I know you’re going to love it!
Lemon Bars– Yields 1-9×13″ baking pan
For the Crust:
- unsalted butter, cold & cubed- 1/2 cup (8 oz.)
- toasted coconut flakes- 1/2 cup (optional)
- all purpose flour- 2 cups
- almond extract- 1 tsp.
- salt- 1/2 tsp.
- Set oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all of the ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, cut the butter into the flour until all of the butter is evenly distributed and the mixture starts to form into a dough. (it will be pretty crumbly but should stick together if you press it in your hands)
- Press the dough evenly into the bottom of your baking dish and bake for 15 minutes.
- Set aside at room temperature.
For the Filling:
- eggs, at room temp- 6 each
- sugar- 3 cups
- lemon zest- 4 each
- lemon juice- 1 cup
- almond extract- 1/2 tsp.
- all purpose flour- 1 cup.
- Zest and juice the lemons and set aside.
- Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Whisk constantly and add in the sugar 1 cup at a time.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and whisk together to ensure no lumps are left behind.
- Pour the custard onto your par-baked crust and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Check the lemon bars, the center should not be giggly at all. If needed, continue to bake for an additional 5-15 minutes until custard has cooked completely.
- Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting and serving. Refrigerate after baking.
Zesty, sweet, and delicate- they go fabulous with a glass of white wine or iced tea! I love this recipe because they are easy, delicious and can be ready in about an hour. A true crowd pleaser and wonderful to travel with! In fact, the ones I baked today are heading to Walla Walla, Washington with my friends to enjoy on their anniversary weekend!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe. Make sure to share it with a friend and let me know what you think of it! Cheers and Happy Labor Day Weekend!