Citrus Honey Bars

Prep Time: 2 Hours
Yields: 24 Bars

These Citrus Honey Bars are perfect for back-to-school time. Give your children a special treat in their lunchboxes or reward them with an after-school snack. If you do not have honey, feel free to substitute 1 cup sugar.

Ingredients for Crust:

  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 12 tbsps softened unsalted butter (1½ sticks) cut into 1-inch pieces

Method for Crust:
Lightly grease a 13” x 9” baking dish and line with parchment or wax paper allowing edges to come over sides. In a food processor combine dry ingredients. Mix on low speed 15 seconds. Add butter and blend 10 seconds, and then pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle mixture into lined pan and press firmly into an even layer with slightly-raised sides to hold filing. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 20 minutes or until light brown. Remove crust from oven and reduce temperature to 325°F.

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsps flour
  • 3 tsps grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Method for Filling:
While crust is baking, whisk eggs, sugar and flour in medium bowl. Blend in lemon juice, zest, honey, milk and salt. Pour mixture into pre-baked crust, return to oven and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is firm to touch. Transfer to wire rack and cool 1 hour. To cut, lift out of pan using sides of parchment paper. Fold paper down and cut into bars with a knife. Dust bars with powdered sugar and serve.

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