These Lemon Shortbread Bars are buttery and bursting with bright and fresh lemon flavors!
These Strawberry Lemonade Donuts are bright and delicious and the perfect way to welcome Spring!
If there is any food in this World that reminds me of Spring, it’s lemon.
It’s bright, citrusy and looks like the sun.
They pair beautifully with fresh berries, asparagus and add brightness to your counter top.
That’s why I knew, when Adams Extract sent me lemon extract, I had to make these Lemon Shortbread Bars.
These Lemon Shortbread Bars are buttery, full of lemon flavor and would make a fabulous Springtime centerpiece.
Lemon is one of my favorite flavors.
It’s so bright and fresh. I have the scent throughout my kitchen with candles, soap and wet wipes.
If I’m out at a bakery, you better believe I’m ordering a lemon poppy seed muffin.
HOW TO MAKE LEMON SHORTBREAD BARS
These bars start off with a butter crust and then you’ll top it with a lemon glaze.
You start by combining flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, vanilla and lemon extract and salt.
Bake the crust for 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and lemon extract.
Immediately upon removing the crust from the oven, pour on the lemon glaze.
Allow to cool completely and cut into bars.
HOW TO MAKE LIME SHORTBREAD BARS
You can make these exact same bars but substitute lime for the lemon.
HOW TO MAKE ORANGE SHORTBREAD BARS
You can make these exact same bars but substitute orange for the lemon.
I realize you don’t technically need the extract in these lemon shortbread bars BUT it truly punches up the flavor and brings the lemon to a whole other level.
These Lemon Shortbread Bars are bright and bursting with the flavors of butter and lemon!
Lemon Shortbread Bars
Yield 24 servings
These Lemon Shortbread Bars are buttery and bursting with bright and fresh lemon flavors!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- ¼ cup lemon zest
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 13x9" baking pan with heavy foil, extending foil over the sides. Spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Into a large bowl, stir together flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and lemon zest.
- Into the bowl of your stand mixer or into a large bowl using a hand mixer, combine butter, lemon juice, salt, vanilla extra and lemon extract. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined.
- With lightly flour hands, press mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown.
- While the crust is baking, mix together the lemon glaze.
- Immediately pour glaze over crust, spreading evenly, and allow to cool at room temperature until set.
I am SO excited to have this Adams Extract lemon extract in my kitchen.
I am a HUGE fan of their extracts, especially the “twice as strong” vanilla flavor as well as their seasonings and rubs.
Be sure to check them out for all your extract and BBQ needs!
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Wednesday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- Buttermilk Carrot Cake by The Crumby Kitchen
- Carrot Cake Baked Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze by House of Nash Eats
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars by The Speckled Palate
- Coconut Cream Sweet Rolls by Cooking With Carlee
- Crêpes with Orange Caramel and Mascarpone by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Easter White Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies by A Savory Feast
- Easy Pina Colada yogurt parfaits by Creative Southern Home
- Lemon Frozen Yogurt with Cake Mix Crust by Our Good Life
- Key Lime Tart by Sweet Beginnings
- Krispy Peeps Treats by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lavender Blueberry Cheesecake Bars by The Gingered Whisk
- Lemon Blueberry Baked Donuts by Palatable Pastime
- Lemon Blueberry Scones by Blogghetti
- Lemon Shortbread Bars by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Lemon Totos by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Marshmallow Chick Cupcake by Simply Inspired Meals
- Peeps Snack Mix by Home Sweet Homestead
- Rainbow Cookies by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Spring Bling Meyer Lemon Almond Cake by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Spring Sugar Cookie Bars by Cookaholic Wife
- Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies by The Tip Garden
- Tres Leches Cake by Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
- Vegan Raspberry Dark Chocolate Energy Bites by The Baking Fairy
- Welcome Spring Gravity Drip Cake by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
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