Posted by Sara
I first made lemon bars in high school when my parents had an indoor lemon tree that constantly had ripe lemons on it. Unsure of what else to do with them, my mother and I started making lemon bars by the dozens. We worked through several recipes trying to find one that had the perfect shortbread crust to complement the tangy lemon layer. This recipe by Smitten Kitchen (adapted from Ina Garten) came as close to perfect as any I’ve found.
These are easy to throw together (especially since they don’t require any specialty ingredients- I almost always have everything on hand but the lemons and powdered sugar) and will be enjoyed by even the most adamant chocolate lover.
N.B. Usually, a sifter or fine mesh sieve works best to sprinkle the powdered sugar over the bars. I didn’t have either of those so I clanked two spoons together- not the cleanest method but it gets the job done.