A classic American bar cookie


lemon bars graham cracker crust

Lemon bars graham cracker crust is a classic American bar cookie that is made up of a graham cracker crust, tangy lemon filling, and topped with powdered sugar.

Lemon Bars, which are also called Lemon Squares, maybe one of the easiest American bakeries to make that require minimal ingredients and no baking. And it’s always a hit at parties!

It’s hard to beat the classic combination of lemon juice with sugar for an incredibly refreshing flavor that tastes great in desserts or drinks alike. The tangy-sweet flavor really wakes up your taste buds at the end of a rich meal.

The ingredients in a Lemon bars graham cracker crust

GRAHAM CRACKER Crumbs- Graham crackers- these are available at any grocery store. One package will make enough for one 9″ pie or 12 bars. Vegetable oil- You need to use plain flavor vegetable oil here. Do not use olive oil or another flavored oil because it will change the taste of your crust. Sugar- White granulated sugar is needed for this recipe. Salt- Salt enhances flavors so we always add a little bit of salt to our recipes where appropriate. This recipe calls for 1/4 tsp of salt. It may not seem like a lot, but it really brings out all the flavors so don’t leave it out! Cold butter- For best results, we recommend using cold butter straight from the refrigerator for this recipe. You can use unsalted or salted butter in this crust, just be sure to adjust the amount of salt if necessary. Egg white- This is an important ingredient because it helps bind everything together and adds structure to the crust so that it doesn’t just fall apart as you’re trying to work with it.

LEMON BARS GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

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STEP ONE: Crush graham crackers (you’ll need about 1 1/2 sleeves).

STEP TWO: Add oil.

STEP THREE: Stir in sugar and salt.

STEP FOUR: Dump mixture into 9″ pie pan or baking dish. Use a flat bottomed cup to press crumbs firmly so they stick together, or use the back of a tablespoon to press down evenly on the crust. You should end up with about a 10″ disc of dough that’s about 3/4″ thick on the bottom of your pan if you’re using a pie plate- for bars, you’ll want it to be around 1/2″ thick at most since they don’t rise as much when baking.

Dump mixture into a 9″ pie pan or baking dish. Use a flat bottomed cup to press crumbs firmly so they stick together, or use the back of a tablespoon to press down evenly on the crust. 

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STEP FIVE: Preheat the oven (you can bake them anytime after this step). To preheat, turn the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake graham cracker crust for 12-15 minutes. The crust should be firm and light brown in color, but not dark brown. Let the crust cool before adding the filling- you can speed up this process by placing it in the fridge or freezer for 5 minutes.

STEP SIX: Spread lemon bars mixture over prepared crust (use a measuring cup to make things easier if necessary). Bake for about 25 minutes, until the top of the crust, is light golden brown.

STEP SEVEN: Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting into squares or rectangles with a sharp knife and enjoy delicious lemon bars graham cracker crust.

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