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The Best Lemon Bars
April 05, 2011

I hate it when folks don't try and then rate the original recipe. Having said that, I'm forced to live a double standard and do just that! I wanted to give Patty 5 stars for a perfect base recipe to start from. After reading reviews, i just knew that Patty's original recipe wasn't going to have enough filling, nor be lemony enough to satisfy my lemon craving. So here are the small changes I made to quell the lemon monster: kept shortbread recipe as is, but added 1 tsp lemon zest. Doubled the filling recipe, using a total of 1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice and added an extra 2 Tbsp flour. Cooked crust to recipe instructions, but needed to extend the filling cook time to 30 minutes. Everyone loved these bars! I was told that they beat anything you'd find at a specialty bakery. That's saying something, folks! However, credit MUST go to Patty! Her recipe started it all!

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