Lemon Poppy Seed Bars
Enjoy the fresh flavor of lemon paired with poppy seeds in these delicious Lemon Poppy Seed Bars.
Happy January Something Swanky readers! It’s me Emily, I hope you’re ready for some dessert. Winter in Florida is citrus season and that means I am constantly surrounded by an abundance of fresh produce. It’s one of my favorite perks of having family that works in the industry.
I adore lemon baked goods, I especially love lemon poppy seed muffins. So I knew I wanted to combine the power combo of lemon and poppy seeds into a fun recipe perfect for parties or your next tea time. Today I am sharing this recipe for lemon poppy seed bars; thick, fresh lemon filling is dusted with powered sugar that sits atop a delicious poppy seed shortbread crust.
Last week I took these to my daughter’s preschool class and they were a great success with the teachers. If you love all things lemon, then I just know you’re going to love these bars. Until next month – enjoy and happy baking!
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for the crust:
- 1/4 lb butter, softened
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1 c flour
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 Tbs poppy seeds
for the filling:
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 c flour
- 3 extra large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 c lemon juice
- 1 Tbs lemon zest
- powdered sugar for topping
Line an 8"x8" baking pan with foil and prepare with cooking spray. In the bowl of your stand mixer beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour, salt and poppy seeds and press the dough into the prepared pan. Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes or the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Preheat your oven to 350º F and bake the crust for 15-20 minutes. Remove carefully from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack. Stir together the sugar and flour, beat in the eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. Pour the mixture over the crust and bake for 30-35 minutes until set in the center. Remove the pan from the oven and cool completely. Slice into squares, dust with powdered sugar and serve. Store any remaining lemon bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.