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Shortbread Lemon Bars

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These elegant shortbread lemon bars are slightly tart with the vibrant flavor of fresh lemons in a perfect melt in your mouth bar. This family-size recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy the abundantly inexpensive lemons that are available right now.

Gather your ingredients together, you’ll want to use freshly squeezed lemon juice in the recipe for the best flavor. While bottled juice will work, it’s not preferred.

The creamy sweet-tart lemon curd is particularly thick and rests upon a buttery shortbread crust. The trick to a flaky crust is in the cold butter pieces. As it melts while it bakes, it creates little pockets of air, making the crust both flaky and buttery.

Don’t leave out the vanilla extract, while unusual in shortbread, it imparts tremendous flavor. 

Shortbread for lemon bars

While the delicious buttery shortbread is baking, prepare the luscious lemon curd filling. While the crust is still piping hot, pour the filling over the top, spreading it evenly.


Return to the oven to finish baking the delectable bars. Allow them to cool on a cooling rack for about half an hour prior to cutting. Finish them off by sprinkling them generously with powered sugar.


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