Lemon bars

_MG_0588Shortbread
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cut butter into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix flour, salt and sugar, cut in cold butter pieces. Sprinkle mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and with a metal spatula press evenly onto bottom. Bake shortbread in middle of oven until golden, about 20 minutes. While shortbread is baking, prepare topping.

Lemon filling
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a bowl whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until combined well and stir in lemon juice and flour. Pour lemon mixture over hot shortbread. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. and bake confection in middle of oven until set, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan and cut into 24 bars. Bar cookies keep, covered and chilled, 3 days. Sift confectioners’ sugar over bars before serving.

Adapted from Epicurious.com

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