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February 21, 2016

Chewy Lemon Bars

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Good Morning and Happy Sunday!

Life has been crazy recently as quickly I approach the one-month-out mark from my thesis defense. At this point all we do is write… So. Much. Writing. Blogging is much different than scientific writing, of course, but to be honest the last thing I want to do after writing for 8 hours is stare at my computer screen some more (sorry). Bear with me the next month or so until I am done (eeek!!) because the posts will be scarce.

Anyway, this week I saw three lemons sitting on our kitchen table and thought, “What can I make with these lemons before they go bad?” My friends and I went to a bakery a few weeks ago and ate lemon bars that were so tasty that I’ve been thinking about them ever since so I decided to create my own. I think this is my favorite recipe that I’ve ever come up with… They are so good! I hope you all enjoy!

Ingredients: 

Crust:

  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese (I used 1/3 reduced fat), softened
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 C all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 + 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Combine butter, cream cheese, sugar, and flour in mixer
  • Evenly spread mixture in greased 9 x 9 in glass baking dish
  • Bake for 26-30 min until firm and slightly golden
  • While the crust is baking, whisk together the eggs, lemon juice, sugar, and all-purpose flour in a small bowl
  • Remove crust from oven and evenly pour the filling over the crust
  • Return to oven to bake for 20 minutes
  • Let the bars cool completely so that they can firm up
  • Top with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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As usual, let me know what you think! I hope you all have a great week!


with joy
jordan jean

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