Chef John's Lemon Bars Recipe

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  1. Place an oven rack into middle position in oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly oil an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  2. Place 1 cup flour and butter in a mixing bowl and mash with the back of a spatula or wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. Mix in 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and salt; mash mixture together until mixture looks like a slightly crumbly cookie dough.
  3. Moisten your fingers with a little water and press dough into bottom of prepared baking dish. Use a fork to prick holes all over the crust.
  4. Bake crust on center rack in the preheated oven until crust edges are barely golden brown, 22 minutes.
  5. Beat eggs and egg yolks together in a bowl; whisk in white sugar and 2 tablespoons flour until smooth. Add lemon juice and lemon zest; whisk for 2 minutes. Pour lemon custard over crust.
  6. Bake on center rack until custard is set and top has a thin white sugary crust, 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Dip knife into very hot water, run around the edge, and cut into 16 squares. Dust cookies with 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 2272.88 Kcal (9516 kJ)
Calories from fat 975.07 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 108.34g 167%
Cholesterol 802.03mg 267%
Sodium 813.41mg 34%
Potassium 452.91mg 10%
Total Carbs 296.87g 99%
Sugars 182.36g 729%
Dietary Fiber 4.22g 17%
Protein 34.7g 69%
Vitamin C 23.8mg 40%
Vitamin A 1.1mg 38%
Iron 4.4mg 24%
Calcium 137.7mg 14%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 340.98 Kcal (1428 kJ)
Calories from fat 146.28 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16.25g 167%
Cholesterol 120.32mg 267%
Sodium 122.03mg 34%
Potassium 67.95mg 10%
Total Carbs 44.54g 99%
Sugars 27.36g 729%
Dietary Fiber 0.63g 17%
Protein 5.21g 69%
Vitamin C 3.6mg 40%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 38%
Iron 0.7mg 24%
Calcium 20.7mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 53.7
  • 63

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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