Lemon Bars with a Rosemary Crust

by Megan on September 5, 2013

Lemon Bars with a Rosemary Shortbread Crust // take a megabite

I love lemon bars SO MUCH. I used to buy them from the grocery store bakery. Once, I told a co-worker that’d I’d bring her some! So I bought them and proceeded to eat all 3 on the way to work. I’m a real jerk. Believe it.

Lemon Bars with a Rosemary Shortbread Crust // take a megabite

But when you make a whole pan of them, there are plenty to share! And with the addition of fresh rosemary they are just a touch unique. I’ve been super into rosemary and lemon ever since I made shortbread and palmiers out of the combo. This is no different! Consider these dreamy. And don’t promise them to anyone unless you’ve already eaten 7 at home. Let’s try to keep things honest from now on.

Lemon Bars with a Rosemary Shortbread Crust // take a megabite

Lemon Bars with a Rosemary Crust 
Recipe adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

Ingredients:

crust –

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt + more for sprinkling
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 t grated lemon zest
  • scant 1 T fresh rosemary, finely chopped

lemon business –

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 6 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 t grated lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325F. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and then spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make crust. Mix all of the crust ingredients together with an electric mixer beating until mixture resembles crumbs.
  3. Press evenly into the base of the prepared 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with a pinch more salt. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow to cool slightly.
  4. Make lemon business. Whisk together all of the lemon business ingredients. Pour carefully over the slightly cooled and par-baked crust and return to the hot oven. Bake for 20 more minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the lemon topping has set. Cool completely on a wire rack before covering and refrigerating overnight. Slice and serve with additional rosemary if you’d like.

Yay! Click HERE for a printable pdf of the recipe above.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

What? So easy and they look so good! I love the brightness to them! Yummers!

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Megan September 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Thanks, Lauren! They’re my fave.

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Sophie September 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

These sound so good! Love the addition of rosemary!

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Megan September 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Thanks, girl!

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Billy September 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

It’s like sunshine in my mouth!

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Megan September 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine, I got a love and I know that it’s all mine, oh.

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Erika September 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Yum! I just made Smitten Kitchen’s rosemary flatbread and am totally loving rosemary right now. In the crust, did you use dried or fresh rosemary? I’m assuming dried from the pics, but just want to make sure…

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Megan September 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I used fresh! And yes, that flatbread looks so good! Maybe that’ll be next.

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Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) September 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Autumn’s lemon bar! I’m a jerk too – I regularly buy my husband treats that never make it to him.

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Megan September 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm

We have so much in common!

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion September 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

so smart!,,, love these !

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I want to live in a land made of these lemon bars. Love the rosemary and lemon combo too! I made lemon rosemary sandwich cookies last Christmas and they were mega wonderful.

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking September 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I LOVE lemon bars!!! Actually, I love anything lemon. This crust sounds so impressive and fancy!

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Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough September 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

O. M. G. YES.

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Sarah September 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Lemon bars, all the yes.

(I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine) (excuse me while I watch Easy A instead of working)

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Tieghan September 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Oh holy heck yes!! Megan these are awesome and so yellow! I fell happy just looking at them!

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Erika September 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

I would of eaten the whole pan by the time I get to work.. so I think 3 was acceptable.

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cindy September 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

I can’t believe you had coffee-salami pizza for dinner!

these bars look good, for real. I’m glad you made them (finally, ha)!

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Eileen September 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Rosemary in a lemon bar crust is a great idea! I may do this with some of the massive bag of tangerines my neighbor brought us the other day…

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Brittany September 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

YES. Lemon is my lyfe, lemon bars are my jam, and these are about to be in my mouth. Just… YES!

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Ellie@Fit for the soul September 12, 2013 at 2:56 pm

whoaaaa I’m pinning this, and it’s so simple to make!! I was thinking of making this for company today but unfortunately I don’t have all the ingredients! Next time for sure 😉

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