These zesty Lemon Chess Bars are a fitting treat to add to spring and summer menus.
Lemon Chess Bars
Makes about 12
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups whole buttermilk
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 6 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons lemon zest
- 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup plain yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Garnish: confectioners’ sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 12x8-inch baking pan with baking spray with flour. Line pan with parchment paper, letting excess extend over sides of pan.
- For crust: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Firmly press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
- Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
- For filling: In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, lemon zest and juice, cornmeal, flour, and vanilla until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
- Bake until set, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely. Using excess parchment as handles, remove from pan, and cut into squares. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.