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Tangy Lemon Bars

Tangy Lemon Bars

Tangy Lemon Bars

Recipe By Shantelle Stephens


9 servings

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cooking Time

1 Hours

Recipe By Shantelle Stephens

Lemon pepper? In lemon bars? You bet! These tart and tangy bars keep things interesting with a surprising savory twist.

Recipe Notes

*These can be made in an 8x8, 9x9, or 10x10 square pan. The smaller pan will require longer baking times and the larger pan will require less baking time. Watch for the visual cues given in the directions to know when the bars are done.


For shortbread crust:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

For lemon curd filling:

3 eggs

Zest and juice of 4 lemons

1 3/4 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

For topping:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper

    Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper seasoning is an all-purpose lemon & pepper blend that's the perfect balance of tart, salty, and peppery flavors. The ...

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  • French Fleur de Sel Sea Salt

    French Fleur De Sel Sea Salt is known as the very finest. Sea salt in France is hand-harvested, by drying seawater in shallow pools. As the water e...

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For shortbread crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar together for 2 to 3 min., or until smooth and fluffy. Add flour, Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper, and French Fleur De Sel. Mix until dough resembles a coarse meal. Transfer to an 8x8 pan* and press evenly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for about 25 min., or until edges are lightly browned.

For lemon curd filling: In a large bowl, whisk eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until well-combined. Continue whisking while adding granulated sugar, flour, Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper, and French Fleur De Sel. Mix until smooth. Pour filling over the hot-out-of-the-oven shortbread crust. Bake for 20 to 30 min., or until just set and no longer wobbly. Allow bars to cool completely.

For topping: In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and Pyramid Peak Lemon Pepper together. Use a fine sieve to sprinkle entire surface of cooled bars with the mixture; do this twice to get a good coating. Sprinkle with French Fleur De Sel. Cut into 1 or 2-inch squares and serve. Store in an airtight container.