Lemon Bars Renovation

This recipe comes from Weight Watchers and is totally delicious!  I had 3 lemons that needed to be used and I was completely at a loss for what to make. I decided to ask my husband’s opinion.  I started rattling off choices and he quickly blurted out lemon bars! 

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 Lemon Bars

Ingredients

1-1/3 cup ap flour

5 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed

8 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2″ pieces

4 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1-1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tsp lemon zest (I used quite a bit more!)

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make crust:  Place flour and brown sugar in bowl of food processor, pulse to incorporate.  Toss butter into flour mixture and pulse to combine until butter is cut into pea size pieces.  Sprinkle crust mixture evenly into an ungreased 9×13″ pan.  Press down to create a packed surface.  Bake 20 minutes or until golden.

Meanwhile, to make lemon topping, beat eggs in bowl  of stand mixer.  Add vanilla and 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and mix well.  Add lemon juice and remaining powdered sugar.  Mix until powdered sugar is completely dissolved and then stir in the zest.  Batter will be thin.

As soon as crust in finished baking, remove from oven and immediately pour filling mixture over hot crust.  Reduce oven temp to 300 degrees.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Cool completely and cut into 24 bars.

Notes

The crust must be HOT when you pour on the lemon mixture.

You will need 3 lemons to yield the amount of juice needed.

You can add more zest or less zest to suit your taste for tartness.  You can also sub fresh lime juice and zest to change the flavor completely.

3 points per serving.

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