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Citrus Bars

  • Yield: Makes 48
Citrus Bars

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2003


For the Crust

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

For the Filling

  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. To make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, confectioners' sugar, and salt. Add butter, and cut in using a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas.

  2. Press evenly into a 12 1/2-by-17 1/2-inch rimmed baking sheet. Bake until golden, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool.

  3. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together, eggs, sugar, and flour. Add lemon and lime juice, lemon and lime zest, and salt. Whisk to combine. Pour over cooled crust.

  4. Bake until center is set, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack until completely cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Cook's Note

Will keep, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to 2 days.

Reviews (6)

  • superme 4 Aug, 2009

    These sound great.

    For all those who want nutritional information there are many sites on the web where you can obtain this. Yes, it is always nice when we don't have to do the work, but really. It doesn't take that much effort to get what you want.

  • calgalsh 4 Aug, 2009

    Now why would you want to know, with FOUR sticks of butter, anyway???Come on girls!!! :)

  • kittyfondue 4 Aug, 2009

    I second that request! These look great but I want to know how many calories and fat grams I'll be getting with them as well! I'm surprised they don't have that kind of information as standard these days.

  • cathypete 3 Aug, 2009

    Why don't the recipes on contain nutritional information? I would really love to have this info available!!

  • krazykow 25 Jul, 2008

    made these last night, and it takes me longer than 30 minutes to get the center set, so one pan was a bit underdone with wet filling, but the other pan worked out great - they are all crispy and chewy at the same time. maybe there should be a dusting of icing sugar on top, as it is very tart

  • krmez 11 Jan, 2008

    The mix of the lemon

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