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Sunburst Lemon Bars Recipe

Sunburst Lemon Bars

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"A sweet treat that is just bursting with lemon flavor."

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. First, the crust: In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture is mealy. Press in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until crust is light golden brown.
  3. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling. In the same medium bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, flour and baking powder with an electric mixer until light, about 3 minutes. Then stir in the lemon juice. Pour the filling over the crust while it is still warm from the oven. Bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes until the top is slightly browned. Remove from the oven and cool.
  4. In a small bowl, stir lemon juice into the confectioners' sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until the icing is of a spreadable consistency. Spread evenly over the cooled bars. Cut into squares.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 06, 2007

I agree with the many reviewers who found this recipe wonderful. And if you want it to come out wonderful, too, there are two keys to success: 1) Follow the recipe when it says to beat the filling mixture for 3-5 minutes. This is way to get the right consistency. Like some other reviewers, I also added a little extra lemon for some added tartness. 2) Don't exactly follow the recipe for the crust. Start with chilled butter instead of softened. Then, like pie crust, try to handle it as little as possible, hand mixing only enough to get it the right consistency. This is the key to getting the crust crumbly instead of tough. I made this recipe for this first time tonight, and served it to guests. One of them said, "I don't usually like lemon bars, but these are great!" Can't argue with success!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 29, 2006

These bars were just okay.The crust came out too hard and the filling was too soft. Also, the edges were tough and chewy so I had to cut them off. These bars aren't worth the trouble, I will not be making them again!

Sep 03, 2006

Every time I make these everyone raves about them ! It is easiest to cut them if they have been kept in the fridge ... they do get soft if they aren't . Also , someone mentioned the edges become tough and chewy , I had this problem the first time and so now when I put the crust in I push it up the sides of the pan so when it is time to put the lemon layer on that batter doesn't actually touch the side of the pan ... I no longer have had a problem with the edges . This is a favorite recipe in our house!

Nov 19, 2005

This is a great lemon bar recipe, a favorite of my friends and family. A friend's grandmother actually advised me to change up the filling mixture just a bit: I beat the eggs at least 5 minutes, and used 1/2 tsp of salt, only 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 4T flour in the filling, along with 2 T of lemon zest. I like it better without icing, too, with just powdered sugar and a pinch of nutmeg sprinkled over the top. Here's another tip: I find it faster to "cut in" the butter with my hands. Just rub the mixture together between fingertips until it is evenly crumbled with the butter. I think next time I'll add more lemon juice.

Dec 16, 2006

Absolutely perfect - sweet and tart at the same time. Recipie is easy and the results no matter how you put it together are always the same. My daughter *12* loves to make these and they are always a great treat.

Apr 23, 2005

This is the classic! You can leave off the icing for the usual lemon bar, or try the icing for a different presentation. The filling is just the right tartness, though I also add the rind of one lemon finely zested to mine.

Mar 05, 2008

I've made this recipe a few times now and I love it. I make it for our youth group and it always goes fast. I haven't done it with the icing yet, but maybe someday. It's a great, simple recipe which doesn't take too much effort. I do reduce the sugar and I add a little extra lemon juice (about half again extra). But it's a great recipe. I love it!!!

Aug 03, 2007

Excellent!!!! Very easy to make. Recipe is wonderful as is!! Definately will make again!! THANKS!!!


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  • Calories
  • 145 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 5.7 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 58 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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