Perfect Lemon Bars

Published May 1, 1998.

Why this recipe works:

For our perfect lemon bar recipe, we tackled the crust first. White granulated sugar is often the first option bakers turn to for the sort of crust we were after, but we discovered that confectioners' sugar gave us the tenderest texture. The addition of a little cornstarch also helped move the… read more

For our perfect lemon bar recipe, we tackled the crust first. White granulated sugar is often the first option bakers turn to for the sort of crust we were after, but we discovered that confectioners' sugar gave us the tenderest texture. The addition of a little cornstarch also helped move the crust in the melt-in-your-mouth direction. To make the filling lemony enough for our lemon bar recipe, we ended up using the juice from three or four lemons, plus some zest. Arriving at a smooth and pleasant texture involved eggs, a little flour for thickening, and, somewhat unexpectedly, milk, which seemed to balance the flavor with the texture.

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Makes about two dozen 1 1/2- to 2-inch squares

The lemon filling must be added to a warm crust. The 30-minute chilling and 20-minute baking of the crust should allow plenty of time to prepare the filling. If not, make the filling first and stir to blend just before pouring it into the crust. Any leftover bars can be sealed in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to two days.

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