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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lemon-Cardamom Bars

My friend Nina came over with some wonderful organic lemons from work and we made some lemon bars. Being Persian, I thought it would be a nice touch to add some cardamom. Personally I think it was the perfect idea! A little different but you still pretty much get the standard lemon bar you are looking for :)

Here's how you make them:

Preheat oven to 350


Shortbread Base:
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • Lemon Topping:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • Directions

    • Cut butter into 1/2-inch pieces.
    • In a food processor process all ingredients until mixture begins to form small lumps.
    • Sprinkle mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and with a metal spatula press evenly onto bottom.
    • Bake shortbread in middle of oven until golden, about 20 minutes. While shortbread is baking, you can prepare the topping!
    Lemon Filling:
    • Whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until well combined
    • Add lemon juice and flour
    • Add 1/4 tsp of cardamom
    • Pour lemon fixture over hot shortbread
    • Reduce the oven temperature to 300
    • Bake for 30 minutes
    When they are all done you can let them chill to solidify a little, or you can just eat them right-away!


    1. So good. Soooooo good. So good.

      Thank you for bringing them into work! I am absolutely going to make these for the bf and his Persian mama!

    2. Mmmmmmmm. The crust is sooooooo good. Thanks for sharing - A MA ZING.