Creamy Lemon Bars are not too tart and not too sweet – perfect for a summer picnic!
Lemons are a key part to summer refreshment — you can have them in pie, in all kinds of lemonade, on top of your favorite seafood dish. Some prefer their lemon treats tart, some prefer sweet– personally I like right in the middle. I have had various types of lemon bars, but this Creamy Lemon Bar recipe is one that I found on the website of my favorite local grocery store (Wegmans.com) after being given one of theirs at a recent summer picnic.
I’ll be honest with you — these might be the best lemon bars you ever try. They are a little more sweet than tart (thanks to an added topping of powdered sugar)– just the kind of bright and refreshing treat to have with some fresh berries on top, or a dollop of whipped cream. If you like your lemon treats a little more tart, leave the powdered sugar off the top and replace it with a little bit of lemon zest.
This isn’t a quick or relatively easy recipe — there are three stages, they take about an hour to make, and it is suggested you chill the completed bars for about three hours before serving. That said, the finished product is well worth the time and effort you put into creating these creamy treats.
Creamy Lemon Bars can be cut into any size bar you want. I did 24-2″ squares, but you can cut them larger or smaller depending on how many you need. Considering Wegman’s sells theirs for $2 each (or $48 a pan), it is a whole lot cheaper to make these at home! I topped mine with fresh raspberries, served them with a tall pitcher of iced raspberry lemonade — and everyone agreed it was a perfect way to beat the summer heat!