Lemon Bars and Tarts

When it comes to desserts, I have to say that lemon treats are a big favorite in my household.  My kids love the perfect combination of sweet and tangy flavor.

OK, I love the combo too and so will you with these lemon bars.

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My daughter often makes lemon squares and I decided to mix it up a bit by making bars and tarts.

This recipe produces a dessert that is light and airy and oh-so delicious.

Yes, these will literally melt in your mouth.

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Throughout this post, I’ll share the super simple steps for making this delicious treat.

For your convenience, I’ve also created the following PDF, Lemon Bars and Tarts recipe.

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The steps for making tarts and/or bars are pretty much the same.

What distinguishes them is the type of dish they’re baked in.

You’ll only need a few ingredients including: butter, flour and confectioners’ sugar to make the crust.

Refer to the recipe PDF above for ingredient amounts for the crust. 

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Lightly spray tart tins with baking spray.  Use a pastry brush to spread the spray and soak up any access spray.

Gently push the dough into the tins, making sure all curves in the tin are covered.

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To make the the lemon filling, you’ll need a small amount of lemon juice, sugar, flour, salt and optional lemon zest.

I suggest using freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Again, refer to the PDF above for ingredient amounts for the filling.

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Whisk all the ingredients for the lemon topping together.

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Pour the topping mixture into the tart tins.

Fill the tins, leaving about 1/4-inch upper clearance on top.

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If making bars (or squares for that matter), duplicate the same process as you did for the the tarts.

Instead of tins, you’ll be using a glass baking dish.  Spray the glass baking dish and then brush accordingly to absorb any excess.

Pour the prepared mixture into the dish and bake at 350-degrees for 30-minutes or until light golden brown.

Allow to cool.

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Use a small sifter to sprinkle just the right amount of confectioners’ sugar over the dessert.

Sifting is fun.

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Slice the bars to the desired size.

I cut mine into roughly 1-inch by 4-inch rectangles to create slender, mini-bars.

Of course, you can cut them any size you like.

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The tarts get the same treatment with sprinkled confectioners’ sugar.

Yummy.

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I made these tarts and bars several weeks ago but just looking at these photos makes me want to make another batch right away.

I’m sure if I do, I won’t hear any complaints about it.

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These treats only take about 45-minutes to make from start to baking finish.

So, you can whip them up just about anytime the taste strikes you.

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Don’t you want to take a bite out of this picture?

Hmmm, I think I’ll just let a few more delicious photos speak for themselves. 

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 Thanks for stopping by.

See you back here next time.    

I’m linking this Lemon Bars/Tarts recipe to the following:

Trish and Bonnie at Uncommon Designs.

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