Lemon Bars with Crumb Topping Recipe

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The refreshing and rich citrus taste of lemon is tempered by the subtle crumb crust and topping, making this bar an enjoyable mix of flavors and textures.
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  • 18 1/4 ounces package of lemon or yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups saltine crackers, crushed (about 80 squares)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
  • 1/2 cup juice of 2 lemons
  • zest of 1 lemon
Container:9 x 13 inch baking dish, a large mixing bowl, and a small mixing bowl
30 mins
45 mins
1.25 hrs
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Using cooking oil or a baking spray, grease the bottom and lower sides of 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Using a large bowl, begin making crumb crust and topping by combining the cake mix, butter, and egg. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly until the crumb mixture becomes granular in texture.
  • Crush the crackers finely with a food processor or place the crackers in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Add the cracker crumbs into the crumb mixture.
  • Remove 2 cups of the crumb mixture and reserve for the crumb topping; use the remainder for the crust, which is spread over the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Place the baking dish containing the crumb crust in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
  • Zest 1 lemon.
  • Using a small mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, milk, fresh lemon juice, and the lemon zest. Mix the ingredients well using a whisk or an electric beater.
  • Pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust and sprinkle the reserved 2 cups of crumb topping over the lemon mixture.
  • Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes until the crumb topping is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool for 1 to 2 hours; then slice into squares, cover the bars with foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate prior to serving.
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