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When I had the chance to go to Ms. Paula’s Cooking school there was something very valuable that she shared with the class. This was the advice that when you have a recipe even an fabulous one “Don’t be possessive over it, instead share it with others”. I loved that. I mean really isn’t that what makes life extra sweet is “sharing with others”? I think so.

She also encouraged us to take a recipe any recipe and feel free to add your own personal twist on it. That’s what makes it fun and exciting. So that’s exactly what I did with this one. I took Ms. Paula’s Basic Lemon Bar recipe and added a little spin on it. I thought lets give it a cream cheese filling and a little flavoring of raspberries. I hope you enjoy the results of this very pretty bar. I call them the “Girly Bars” almost too pretty to eat!

 

Creamy Lemon/Rasi Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • Lemon Bars:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing
  • Filling:
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter softened
  • 1 8oz stick of Cream Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Cups of Powder Sugar
  • Raspberry Sauce
  • 1 container Fresh Raspberries
  • 2 Tablespoons Powder Sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan.
  2. Make the crust by combining the flour, confectioners' sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter to make a crumbly mixture. Press the mixture into the prepared pan. You may need to dip your fingers into a little flour or confectioners' sugar to keep the dough from sticking to your fingers. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the filling, mix the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, and lemon juice. Pour this over the baked crust and bake for 25 minutes longer
  4. While bars are cooling mix all the ingredients for the cream cheese filling together in a mixer. Combine butter, cream cheese and vanilla together. Then add powered sugar to mixture 1 cup at a time. Once bars have completely cooled spread cream cheese mixture over the top and then put into the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. To make the Raspberry Sauce just combine the fresh raspberries and powdered sugar in a blender or food processor until pureed.
  6. Drizzle the Raspberry sauce on the top of the cream cheese layer of the lemon bars. Cut into squares and garnish with fresh raspberries .

 

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