Meyer Lemon Streusel Bars
A sweet-tart lemon bar recipe made with Meyer lemons. Adapted from Nick Malgieri.
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 55 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
- Yield: 24 bars 1x
- Category: Dessert, Bar Cookies
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- PAM Cooking Spray
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 eggs, whisked together
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 stick (1/2 cup), butter, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest
- 1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- Line 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil and spray with PAM Cooking Spray. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º. To make the dough, combine flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine. Add butter pieces and using your fingers pinch and rub the butter till it’s totally worked into flour (no big pieces will be visible).
- Mix eggs into the dough until well incorporated. Knead gently in the bowl till dough comes together. On a floured surface roll dough to a 12 x 16-inch rectangle. Fit into the prepared 9 x 13 pan and trim so there’s just a1/2 inch edge going up sides of pan. Put a rectangle of parchment on bottom crust and weigh down with dried beans or pie weights. Bake 10 minutes. Remove parchment and beans and bake 5 more minutes. Cool on rack.
- To make topping, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add melted butter and combine with a rubber spatula. Spread out on baking sheet, breaking into small crumbs. Bake 15-20 minutes, till golden brown. Cool on rack. If necessary, break apart into small crumbs when cool.
- To make filling, whisk eggs and zest in a bowl. Mix lemon juice and sugar in another bowl to dissolve sugar. Stir egg and juice mixtures together. Pour over crust and bake 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with crumb topping and bake an additional 5 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, then cut into bars.
Standard lemons may be substituted for Meyer lemons.