Lemon Bars with Sweet Sour Cream Topping

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Rating: 5
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 32 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Yield: 16 bars
Serving Size: 1 bar
Lemon Bars with Sweet Sour Cream Topping
Lemon Bars with Sweet Sour Cream Topping

Ingredients
    Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • Lemon Filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • Sweet Sour Cream Topping
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 9x9 square baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Be sure that foil hangs over the edges, you will use it to lift out the bars when they are cool.
  2. Make the Crust
  3. In bowl of your food processor, pulse to combine flour, powdered sugar and salt. Add lemon zest and pulse to combine. Add butter all at once and process until coarse crumbs are formed, just as the dough begins to come together. Dump crumb mixture into prepared pan and press evenly. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire rack.
  4. Make the Lemon Filling
  5. Wipe out the food processor bowl and add all three eggs. Pulse to lightly beat the eggs. Add sugar and flour and pulse to combine. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Process mixture for one minute or so. Pour filling over crust and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until filling is set. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.
  6. Make the Topping
  7. Stir together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla until well combined. Spread over warm filling and put back in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool to room temperature.
  8. Use the foil as handles, lift the dessert out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.

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