Lemon Bars

Portion Size: 2” x 2” square

Ingredients: Yields: 8 servings

Ingredients Notes: 
⅓ cup margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Divided
2 eggs
2 teaspoons zest lemon peelWash, and zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon baking powder
Powdered sugar for dusting


Steps:Directions: Critical Control Point /Quality Assurance
1Beat margarine with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
2Add ¼ cup of the sugar and beat till combined. Beat in the 1 cup flour till crumbly.  
3Press into bottom of an ungreased 8X8X2 inch baking pan.
4Bake in a 350°F oven for 15 to 18 minutes or just till golden.
5Meanwhile, combine eggs, the remaining sugar, the 2 tablespoons flour, lemon peel, juice, and baking powder.
6Beat for 2 minutes or till thoroughly combine.  Pour over hot baked layer.  
7Bake in a 350°F oven about 20 minutes more or till lightly browned, around the edges and center is set.Cook until internal temperature reaches 165°F for 15 seconds.
8Let cool. Dust with small amount of powdered sugar.     
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