Lemon Bars

My Cast Iron Skillet is my new absolutely favorite tool to use in the kitchen. I cook just about anything and everything with it. And guess what. You can also use a cast iron pan for baking! So if you (or your grandma) has a cast-iron skillet lying around the house, give this lemon bar recipe a try. Everyone loves a good lemon bar, and if you can get your hands on lemons fresh from the tree, then this recipe will be twice as good.

Serving Size: 12-16 servings

Ingredients:

Crust:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Powdered sugar, for topping

 

Kitchen Tools:

  • Cast Iron Skillet or 9″x13″ Baking Dish
  • Electric Hand/Stand Mixer

 

Directions:

Prep Work:
  1. Take the butter out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature (about 1 hour). If you are in a rush, microwave the butter in a microwave-safe container at 50% power in 1-minute intervals until it is softened (but NOT melted)
Baking:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare the cast iron skillet or 9×13″ baking dish by spraying with cooking oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, use the electric hand mixer (or stand mixer) to combine the softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar to create the crust. Press into the bottom of the cast iron or 9×13 inch pan so that it forms an even layer of crust.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, mix together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice and pour over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. These bars will firm up as they cool. Cut into squares or wedges.
  5. Top with powdered sugar and enjoy!
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