Extreme Lemon Bars

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These lemon bars are serious. Seriously lemony. And tart. And yummy.

The fun begins with two lemons, zested and juiced.

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I’ve baked with lemon before. Here, herehere and here. Oh and my all time favorite drink contains lemons too. We love all things lemon!

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A simple recipe that I feel must have come about from a mistake made. While I was reading the ingredients, I noticed there was no leavener, no baking powder or baking soda. It works though, it totally works.

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Much of the tartness comes from the lemon icing that is poured over top.

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Extreme Lemon Bars

(original recipe Lemon Brownies from Rita’s Recipes)

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Lemon icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • remainder of zest

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8×8 dish.

Zest and juice two medium sized lemons.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and butter and beat using an electric mixer until thoroughly combined. Add eggs, lemon juice and zest and mix until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean but be careful not to over bake.

Add icing ingredients to a bowl and whisk until blended. Pour over cooled bars.

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Enjoy :)

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