Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Betty's Lemon Bars

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Betty's luscious little lemon bars are delectably sweet, tart and a perfect ending to an enjoyable night with Derrick, Betty and friends. The shortbread crust holds a light lemon custard filling, topped with powdered sugar.  You will love this recipe.

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 whole egg plus 1 yolk
1 tsp vanilla
8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 T lemon juice

Butter and flour a 9x13x2" pan.  Heat oven to 350 degrees; use rack at center position.  Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and set aside.  Beat butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 min.  Add whole egg, egg yolk and vanilla to butter mixture and beat until combined, about 30 seconds.  Add flour and mix on low until incorporated, about 1 min.  Press into an even layer on to the baking pan.  In a separate bowl, place cream cheese and 2 cups of powdered sugar (reserve 1/4 cup and set aside) and mix on medium speed until smooth.  Add 2 eggs and lemon juice and mix until blended.  Pour into pan and spread to an even layer.  Bake for 30 min. until puffy and golden brown.  Let cool.  Sift 1/4 cup remaining powdered sugar on top.  Cut into bars.  Makes 24.

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