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Sunny Lemon Bars Recipe

Blossom Lady
Dec 15, 2021 07:04 AM
Sunny Lemon Bars Recipe

These lemon bars are just amazing! This version is barely sweetened, speckled with lemon zest, and buttery but light—like a classic sugar cookie crossed with lemon shortbread. Blitzing the crust ingredients in a food processor coats the flour in fat, minimizing gluten development for a light and tender result.

Cooking on the stovetop allows for precise control of the custard's final temperature, preventing soft or runny bars.

Straining removes lumpy bits, keeping the custard silky-smooth.

A brief stint in the oven smooths the custard into an even layer with a glossy top.


For the Crust:

  • 4 1/2 ounces (1 cup; 130g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup; 60g) powdered sugar, preferably organic
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt; for table salt, use the same weight or half as much by volume
  • 1/8 ounce (1 tablespoon; 4g) freshly grated lemon zest
  • 4 ounces (1 stick; 115g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch dice

For the Custard:

  • 9 1/2 ounces (1 1/3 cups; 270g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, cold
  • 4 3/4 ounces (1/2 cup; 135g) egg yolks, from about 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 ounce (1 packed tablespoon; 8g) freshly grated lemon zest
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • 11 ounces (1 1/3 cups; 310g) lemon juice, from about 8 large lemons (see note)

For Garnishing:

  • 2 ounces (1/2 cup; 55g) powdered sugar (optional)
  • 6 ounces (1 cup; 170g) Lemon Chantilly (optional)
  • 5 ounces (1 cup; 140g) Crispy Citrus-Candied Pistachios (optional)
Prep Time:
30 minutes
Cook Time:
120 minutes
Total Time:
150 minutes
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