Shaker Lemon Bars

Begin step one the day before you plan to bake these cookies.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 dozen
Shaker Lemon Bars

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1999/2000

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons, washed and dried
  • 2 cups plus 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Confectioners' sugar, for sifting

Directions

  1. Slice lemons as thinly as possible; remove seeds. Toss slices with 2 cups sugar; transfer mixture to a flat resealable plastic container. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

  2. Place butter, salt, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture is crumbly and starts to hold together.

  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-by-17-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Press dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, making sure there are no holes. There should be at least 1/2-inch crust of dough going up the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 15 minutes

  4. Place lemon-sugar mixture and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Process until lemon rinds are in 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces, 30 to 40 seconds. Pour mixture over cookie crust. Bake until set, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Trim 1/2 inch around edges of pan. Cut into about sixty 1 1/4-by-2-inch pieces. Sift confectioners' sugar over cookies.

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