These lemon bars were inspired by a small, typed, cookie booklet that I found while going through old family recipes. The 12-page booklet is dated 1987 and features classic cookie and bar recipes, like lemon bars.
I tested this recipe a few times and made a few adjustments to the ingredients. I added more lemon zest and fresh lemon juice in order to give the bars a little more zip and tang. Enjoy!
1 cup margarine, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 Tbsp. freshly squeeze lemon juice
Zest of two lemons
4 Tbsp. flour
For the crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Blend the margarine, powdered sugar, salt, and flour together until it forms a dough.
Press the dough into the bottom of a 9x13 glass dish.
Bake for 20 minutes - but keep an eye on it so that the crust does not brown!
For the filling:
Combine the slightly beaten eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour into one bowl. Mix well.
Pour the mixture over the baked crust.
Return the bars to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or longer until the filling looks firm in the middle.
Dust with powdered sugar.
Cut the bars when cooled.
Serve and enjoy!