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

16+ bars

Active Prep: 10 min
Cook: 1 hour


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*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: 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.

Shantelle Stephens



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