I was so proud of myself for even attempting this dessert that once spelled catastrophe and almost signaled the end of my budding career as an amateur baker. I did have some help. The girls who made and brought me homemade vanilla came over to help me out. Then while the lemon bars were baking, we ended up watching pretty much every video on YouTube. Or at least, that's how it felt. I now know all about the hidden messages in Disney movies, how to catch a man a la Disney Princess, and that there is a 24-year-old guy (that the younger of the two girlies is in love with now...) who can sing all parts to Phantom of the Opera, albeit, not like an opera singer... Man, I remember when I would get sucked into watching those videos... Now it's just those pictures on Facebook.
I do have a lovely hand model in some of my pictures this time around. But enough talk! Let me show you the dessert that will change lemon-y desserts for you forever!
For the Crust:
1 cup butter
1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
For the Filling:
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup lemon juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan. I like using Pam with flour. It makes everything so much easier!
To make the crust:
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour and powdered sugar.
Cut in the butter until it's fully combined. It will look pretty crumbly, kinda like the peanut butter muffins. You might want to use a fork instead of a whisk for this part, though. It takes some elbow grease.
Press mixture into bottom of your pan.
To make the filling:
While the crust is baking, prepare the filling.
In a medium bowl, mix together the eggs and lemon juice.
In a larger bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, and baking powder. Then add the eggs and lemon juice.
Bake the lemon bars for 20-25 minutes.
When the bars cool, dust them with confectioner’s sugar and refrigerate. I decided to wait on the dusting until they were actually being served. I made pumpkin cookies once and dusted them with powdered sugar before taking them to someone else to enjoy, and the sugar was absorbed almost instantly! I'm not saying that's what would have happened, but I didn't want to risk anything.
They disappeared so fast! I couldn't believe it. But then I tried one, and holy macaroni! This is a treat worth making and sharing! But I don't hope I get put in charge of refreshments again for a looooong time!