Gina's Simple Lemon Bars
- 1/2 cup cold butter, diced
- 1 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cold egg yolk
- 1 dash salt
- 1/8 cup ice cold water
- Lemon Filling:
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 lemon, zested
- 3 lemons, juiced
- 4 medium eggs
- Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon extract
DirectionsLemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Dice the butter and put into a food processor with the flour, and sugar. Pulse in short intervals until the mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the cold egg yolk, salt and water to the mixture, this will make a pastry dough. Place the dough onto a floured surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic and place in the refrigerator until cold.
*Cook's Note: If you don't have a food processor you can use a pastry cutter, a fork or your hands. If using your hands be careful not to over mix or allow your hands to warm the butter.
When the dough is cold, place on a floured surface and roll out to cover the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch pan. Bake for 20 minutes.Lemon Filling:
Whisk eggs together and set aside.
Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until the center has set firmly. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Cut into bars.Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
Recipe courtesy The Neelys