The bright flavor of lemon combined with poppy seeds really kicks the traditional lemon bar up a notch. They're vibrant, fresh tasting, and pleasantly sweet. I like to use black poppy seeds for a pop of color and just a little more eye appeal.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 bars
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Crust:
Filling:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Combine butter and confectioners' sugar in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add flour, salt, and cardamom; mix until just combined. Stir in poppy seeds until evenly distributed. Press dough evenly into the prepared baking dish with floured hands.

  • Bake crust in the preheated oven until edges are just starting to brown, about 18 minutes.

  • While the crust is baking, combine sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add flour and stir until just combined.

  • As soon as the crust comes out of the oven, pour the filling into it and return to the oven.

  • Bake until filling is puffy and lightly browned around the edges, about 30 minutes. Place on a wire rack and cool completely before cutting into 16 squares. Dust lightly with confectioners sugar.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 2.6g; carbohydrates 30.8g; fat 7.1g; cholesterol 50.1mg; sodium 90.8mg. Full Nutrition
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