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Bake Sale Lemon Bars


This is a great lemon bar recipe – bright, tart-sweet and with a buttery crust with nice vanilla notes. Meyer lemons aren’t quite as tart as Eureka and other American lemon varieties. If you’re using Meyer lemons, you might need a little extra lemon juice.


Bake Sale Lemon Bars



11/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon Rain’s Choice ground Vanilla Bean Powder

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

3 eggs

11/2 cups granulated sugar

3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour

zest of one lemon

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon Rain’s Choice pure Vanilla Extract

1/3 cup confectioners sugar to finish


Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking ban. Combine the flour, 2/3 cup of confectioners sugar, ground vanilla beans, and butter until it forms a dough. Pat evenly into the pan. Bake for 20 minutes until slightly golden. Remove from oven.

Whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, and lemon juice until frothy. Pour over the hot crust. Return to the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Sift confectioners sugar over top, then cut into squares.

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