For Luke's birthday, instead of cake, I decided to make one of his favorite desserts -- lemon bars. I rarely make anything from scratch anymore, but these bars came together so easily and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. They turned out professional-looking and tasted so so good. A total indulgence. Luke said they were the best lemon bars he has ever had :)
The kids liked it too! Definitely a winner!
I hope you enjoy it as much as as we do!
(Birthday) Lemon Square Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 sticks butter, melted (I used 1 stick)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 fresh lemon, juiced
5/8 cup lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, blend together melted butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until firm and golden.
2. In a bowl, beat eggs until light. In another bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 1/2 cup flour. Add in the beaten eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
3. Bake for additional 25 minutes in the oven. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
A review on (Birthday) Lemon Square Bars (adapted from here and here):
Result: 4 out of 4 stars
Will I make it again: Yes, this is going to be my go-to dessert for any Luke-related celebrations :)
Chef's Notes: The original recipes call for 2 sticks of butter. I accidentally halved it and the dough still came together without problems. However, the crust turned out crunchy cookie-like, instead of soft and buttery. I personally prefer soft and buttery and if you do too, I suggest going all out and use 2 sticks. I know I will next time.