Monday, July 18, 2011
The Best Lemon Bars
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour, almond extract, and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an greased 9x13 inch pan.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool.
I sometimes have to bake mine a little longer. You don't want them too jiggly, you want it to start browning a little. As soon as you take them out, sprinkle with powder sugar and let cool in refrigerator. They are much better the next day or after cooling for a few hours. If you're short on time, you can even freeze them.