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Category: Desserts

Joan's on Third's lemon bars

Joan's on Third's lemon bars
Bob Chamberlin /

Dear SOS: A friend of mine absolutely loves the lemon bars from Joan's on Third. Any chance of getting the recipe? Thanks! Linda West Glendale Dear Linda: It's easy to fall in love with the lemon bars at Joan's on ... Read more

Total time: 45 minutes, plus cooling time for the crust | Makes 9 bars
Note: Adapted from Joan's on Third.
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting the bars
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter with 1 cup flour and the powdered sugar, stirring just until the dough comes together. Pat the dough into an 8-inch square pan and bake just until lightly golden, about 18 minutes. Remove and cool the pan on a wire rack to room temperature.

Step 2In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, baking powder and remaining 2 tablespoons flour. Whisk in the lemon juice and eggs until thoroughly combined. Pour the custard into the pan over the baked crust and bake again until it's set, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove and cool the tart on a wire rack.

Step 3When cooled, dust lightly with additional powdered sugar and cut into bars. The lemon bars will keep for 1 week, refrigerated.

Each serving:
277 calories; 3 grams protein; 42 grams carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 11 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 74 mg. cholesterol; 44 mg. sodium.
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