These whole meyer lemon bars don’t exactly scream Christmas but I found a bag at Save On this week and let out a noise similar to when you’ve won a large sum of money. Not that I’ve ever won a large sum, I can only assume. I didn’t even know they were available in December! I’ve only spotted them one other time in the store this year. Small town living at its finest.
I quickly stashed them in my cart and went on my merry way with my mind racing. Lemon bars, lemon loaf, lemon tarts. Yes yes and yes!
Fun fact: A meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and orange.
Since meyer lemons are such a hot commodity around here, I used the whole lemon in this recipe. Minus the seeds. No one wants to eat a seed. Even though my husband assured me it was “fine” I still don’t want to chance it.
My lazy self loves this recipe. It only uses the food processor and I don’t even bother to wipe it out between the crust and filling. If it ends up you get a little extra flour, sugar or butter in the filling they’re going to be that much better! I don’t know if that’s accurate or just the story I tell myself.
Find the original recipe here
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 meyer lemon, seeds taken out. A regular lemon can be used.
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp lemon juice. Fresh or bottled
- 3 eggs
- 1½ tbsp cornstarch
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- Powdered sugar for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch baking pan with foil.
- In a food processor combine the crust ingredients and press into the foil lined baking pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile in the same food processor bowl combine the lemon and sugar. Run the processor on high until the lemon is completely broken up. Check one last time for a stray seed.
- Add the lemon juice, eggs, cornstarch and butter and pulse until smooth.
- Lower the oven temperature to 300.
- Pour the filling over the crust and continue baking for 25 minutes.
- Let the bars cool and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
- Sift some powdered sugar on top if desired.