My Favorite Lemon Bars & an Easter Recap

My Favorite Lemon Bars - thick shortbread crust with a delicious lemon curd filling topped with powdered sugar

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, we hosted Easter at our house this year. Now my family doesn’t take holidays lightly, so this was kind of a big deal because it was the first major holiday my husband and I hosted. If there is one thing you can count on at our holiday dinners, it’s having about double the amount of food for the number of people that are there. This Easter was no different – we had way too much food including way too many desserts. But I don’t think we would have it any other way :) 
My Favorite Lemon Bars - thick shortbread crust with a delicious lemon curd filling topped with powdered sugar
Just to give you an idea – here’s the menu of desserts (keep in mind there were only 13 people at brunch!):
-Chocolate Covered Strawberries
-Italian Easter Pie (recipe can be found here)
-Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (my great Aunt’s Recipe)
-Cookie Butter Truffles (recipe can be found here)
-Chocolate Cake (the BEST & easiest cake ever that my grandma makes, I will have to blog about it soon!)
-Lemon Bars (recipe I’m sharing today)
My Favorite Lemon Bars - thick shortbread crust with a delicious lemon curd filling topped with powdered sugar
Needless to say, we had plenty leftover. I tried to send a lot of the leftovers home with my family, but somehow we still got stuck with a lot of them. Doesn’t make trying to eat healthy easy!
Oh and I did want to share one of the appetizers I decided to make at the last minute – I think it turned out pretty cute. You can find the recipe for these Cheese Carrots here
And here are some pictures of the table – I love all the bright colors!
And my beautiful family (minus my grandma and aunt who took the picture)
These lemon bars are my favorite. The hardest part about this recipe is making the lemon zest and lemon juice. It’s perfectly fine if you’d rather buy the lemon juice. I just figure you need lemons for the lemon zest anyway, so you might as well just juice them after you’re done zesting. 
My Favorite Lemon Bars

by Megan
Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 55
Ingredients (20 squares or 40 triangles)

    For the Crust

    • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

    For the Filling

    • 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
    • 3 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
    • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 cup flour
    • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    For the crust, cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or using a handheld mixer. With the mixer on low, add the flour and salt to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough into a 9 by 13 pan and using floured hands, press it into the pan making a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill for 15-30 minutes.
    Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool while making the filling.
    For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.
    Dust with confectioners’ sugar and then cut into squares or triangles.
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    I suggest eating these the day they are made or the following day. Any longer than that and the shortbread gets pretty soft – although, I made these 4 days ago and still have some leftover that I ate last night that was still good, just not as good as when they’re fresh.

    What did you Easter menu look like? 
    Do you make too much food like my family does?
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    1. says

      Congrats on hosting your first major holiday!! I’m so impressed! The food, the decor and clearly, by the smiles on the faces of your beautiful family clearly it was a success. Love those cute cheese carrots! So creative. And these lemon bars sound fantastic. Lemon bars are one of my all-time favorite desserts!

    2. says

      I found you on Serenity Now’s weekend blog reading! These look delicious. I made them and this week too, and the yours look similar to mine, but with a lot more lemon zest. I will have to try. Thank you so much for sharing :)

    3. says

      Megan, I love Lemon and these bars sound fantastic, perfect for a party. I have to tell you your Easter table and your family are both beautiful. Thanks for sharing all it it with us at Thursday’s Treasures. I’m featuring you on my Facebook page this weekend!

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