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The Best Lemon Bars

 
 
One serving costs about $0

$0.00 per serving

1 people like this recipe

1 likes

This recipe is ready in 40 minutes

Ready in 40 minutes

spoonacular Score:3%

Spoonacular Score: 3%

 

Ingredients

Servings:
0.5 cups
0.5 cups butter
butter
1 cup
1 cup flour
flour
0.25 cups
0.25 cups powdered sugar
powdered sugar
1 cup
1 cup sugar
sugar
2 Tbsps
2 Tbsps flour
flour
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps baking powder
baking powder
2
2  eggs
eggs
2 Tbsps
2 Tbsps lemon juice
lemon juice
1
1  lemon rind
lemon rind
0.75 cups
0.75 cups powdered sugar
powdered sugar
some
some lemon juice
lemon juice
0.5 cups butter
0.5 cups
butter
1 cup flour
1 cup
flour
0.25 cups powdered sugar
0.25 cups
powdered sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup
sugar
2 Tbsps flour
2 Tbsps
flour
0.5 tsps baking powder
0.5 tsps
baking powder
2  eggs
2
eggs
2 Tbsps lemon juice
2 Tbsps
lemon juice
1  lemon rind
1
lemon rind
0.75 cups powdered sugar
0.75 cups
powdered sugar
some lemon juice
some
lemon juice

Equipment

frying pan
frying pan
frying pan
frying pan


Instructions

Read the detailed instructions on Your Homebased Mom

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $0.16
Ingredient
1/2 C butter
1 C flour
1/4 C powdered sugar
1 C sugar
2 Tbsps flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
2 Tbsps lemon juice
1 lemon rind
3/4 C powdered sugar
some lemon juice
Price
$0.97
$0.17
$0.10
$0.28
$0.02
$0.02
$0.48
$0.20
$0.50
$0.29
$0.10
$3.12

Tips

Health Tips

  • If you're trying to cut back on sugar, consider replacing some of the sugar in this recipe with a sweetener like Stevia or Splenda. If you're against these kinds of sweeteners, start reducing the amount of real sugar you use until your tastebuds adjust.

  • If you can, choose grassfed butter for a better nutritional profile—more vitamins, a favorable omega 3/6 ratio, etc.

  • If you're worried about cholesterol and heart disease, you may have heard you should limit your egg consumption to one egg per day or eat only egg whites. However, new research suggests you might go ahead and eat your whole eggs. It turns out egg yolk contains valuable nutrients (the cartenoids that make it yellow are great for eye health, folic acid is great for brain health, and it has vitamins A, E, D, and K) and dietary cholesterol seems to have little influence on blood cholesterol levels.

  • You can easily swap half of the white flour in most recipes for whole wheat flour to add some fiber and protein. It does result in a heavier dough, so for cookies, cakes, etc., you might try swapping in whole wheat pastry flour.

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Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • The average fresh lemon contains between 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (just in case you are substituting bottled lemon juice).

  • Butter's incredible flavor has made it an extremely popular cooking fat, but it is important to know that butter has the lowest smoke point of almost any cooking fat. This means butter literally starts to smoke at a lower temperature than most other fats between 250-350 degrees Fahrenheit. So while butter is great for cooking at lower temperatures, you should probably use canola oil, coconut oil, or another oil with a higher smoke point for frying and other high temperature cooking.

  • If you've had your baking powder for awhile, make sure it's still going to work by mixing it with a little water. If it doesn't fizz, you need to replace it.

  • If you find that you're always missing lemon zest, purchase lemon extract and substitute a 1/2 teaspoon extract for every tablespoon zest.

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Green Tips

  • Since pesticide residue is most likely to be stored in the skin/rind, it might be advisable to buy organic lemons if you're using them for zest.

  • Choose free range or organic eggs whenever possible! Even though they are more expensive, eggs are generally cheap to begin with, and eggs from cage-free chickens are worth the extra cost.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
135 Calories
1g Protein
5g Total Fat
21g Carbs
0% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
135
7%

Fat
5g
8%

  Saturated Fat
3g
19%

Carbohydrates
21g
7%

  Sugar
15g
18%

Cholesterol
28mg
10%

Sodium
47mg
2%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
1g
3%

Selenium
3µg
6%

Folate
15µg
4%

Vitamin B1
0.06mg
4%

Vitamin B2
0.06mg
4%

Vitamin A
165IU
3%

Phosphorus
26mg
3%

Manganese
0.05mg
3%

Iron
0.43mg
2%

Vitamin B3
0.42mg
2%

Vitamin C
1mg
2%

Vitamin E
0.19mg
1%

Vitamin D
0.17µg
1%

Calcium
10mg
1%

Vitamin B5
0.11mg
1%

covered percent of daily need

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