Lemon Shortbread Bars
 
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A fresh spring dessert made with an oatmeal shortbread crust and fresh creamy lemon filling. These lemon bars are delicious!
Stuckonsweet.com:
Serves: 20 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 sticks (24 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature (if you use salted, omit the salt below)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Zest from 3 large lemons (if they are not large, use 4)
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 21 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1½ cans)
  • ¾ cup fresh lemon juice (approximately 3 large lemons)
  • 3 large egg yolks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (hand-held works too), cream together butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the lemon zest; scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.
  3. Next add the salt, flour and oats and cream until just incorporated, scraping down bowl as necessary.
  4. Press half of the dough into the prepared baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Put the rest of the dough in the refrigerator to chill.
  6. While the crust is baking, make the lemon filling by whisking together the sweetened condensed milk, rest of the lemon zest, egg yolks and lemon juice.
  7. Remove crust from oven, pour lemon filling on top and crumble the rest of the shortbread dough on top. Put back into the oven for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  8. Let cool completely before cutting. Store in refrigerator.
Notes
These make quite a few bars if you cut them small - they are definitely a dessert that can be served as a "small bite," but of course some people could eat a large one!
Recipe by Stuck On Sweet at https://www.stuckonsweet.com/lemon-shortbread-bars/