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Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

This lemon bar recipe combines both lemon gelatin and lemon instant pudding. Not only that but you need to add lemon zest too for a really tangy finish. This easy lemon bars recipe is easy to follow and the resulting bars are gorgeous.

If you enjoy the flavor of lemon, you will love these sweet treats. Enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee, or a glass of milk. Kids as well as adults will enjoy the tangy citrus flavor. These are the best lemon bars, if you like a fresh lemon flavor, which is not overly sweet. Go easy on the powdered sugar to tone down the sweetness a bit more. The best way to get fine graham cracker crumbs is to put some graham crackers in a Ziploc bag and bash it with a rolling pin until the crumbs are as fine as you want them to be. For making crusts the finer the better, unless the recipe tells you otherwise.

The crust is really delicious and crumbly. In some pie recipes, the crust is filled and then baked. In others it is baked blind, which means filled with raw lentils, rice, or pie-making weights and baked empty. Since you are using melted butter to make this crust, chilling it is enough to set it, since when the butter gets cold, it sets again, and this holds the sugar and crumbs in place too.

Simple Lemon Bar Recipe
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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  • 1 ½ cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 3 cups water
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 ½ oz package lemon instant pudding
  • 3 oz package lemon gelatin
  • 1 ¾ cups Cool Whip
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • Lemon zest, to garnish
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, to garnish
  1. Combine the crushed graham crackers with the melted butter and 1 tablespoon of the sugar.
  2. Press this mixture into a square pan and let it set in the refrigerator.
  3. Combine the gelatin and pudding with the remaining sugar in a pan and stir in the eggs and ½ cup of the water.
  4. Stir well, then add the rest of the water and bring the mixture gently to a boil.
  5. Take it off the heat and stir it well. Let it cool down, and then add the Cool Whip.
  6. Spoon this mixture over the set crust and chill it for about 2 hours.
  7. Garnish with the powdered sugar and lemon zest.
  8. Cut it into squares or rectangles and serve chilled

Photo Description:

What an appetizing bright yellow shade these delicious lemon bars are. You can tell just by looking at the photo that this easy lemon bars recipe is going to taste good. If you like the sound of a tangy lemon filling, a homemade graham cracker crumb crust and a powdered sugar and lemon zest topping, you are going to love these. Lemon bars are great for packed lunches, after-dinner treats or a snack at any time and you can double this recipe to make more.

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