Lemon Bars

Preparation info
  • Makes

    8 to 10

    • Difficulty


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By James Peterson

Published 2007

  • About

These classic bar cookies are made by pressing a buttery sweet pastry dough into a baking pan, baking it, letting it cool, and then spreading lemon curd on top. Most lemon curd is made with whole butter. Here, brown butter is used for a more pronounced butter flavor and a stiffer curd, but whole butter works fine, too.



  • cup (all-purpose) flour
  • cup cake flour
  • ½ cup


To make the dough, combine both flours, the sugar, and the salt in a food processor and process for 15 seconds, or until well mixed. Add the butter and egg and process for about 20 seconds, or until the dough comes together in a ragged mass. Remove from the processor, shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to