Luscious Lemon Melting Moments


2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened (no substitutes)
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 tsp. salt

 Lemon Filling:

 6 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups white sugar
2 T. grated lemon zest (4-6 lemons, depending on size)
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (fresh lemons make a huge difference in flavor)
3/4 cup flour

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 inch pan generously. 

Cream the butter, then add sugar and beat with an electric mixter until light.  Add flour and salt and mix on low (so you don't get a flour shower!) just until combined.  The dough will be somewhat crumbly. 

Empty the dough onto a floured cloth or board and gather into a ball.  Flatten into a disk with hands and  then press it into the pan, building up the edges slightly.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly golden on top and around the edges. 

Meanwhile, beat the eggs until light.  Add sugar, zest, lemon juice, and flour.  Mix well.  Pour over the hot crust and return to the oven for an additional 25-30 minutes or until the filling is set.  Let cool to room temperature. 

For easier cutting, refrigerate the bars for about an hour, then cut into pieces.  Dust with powdered sugar.