Dairy-Free Lemon Bars
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Be patient with these classic bars. If you cut them before they are completely cool, then the filling might be too soft.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 36 bars
  • 2 cups + 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, plus additional for topping
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup dairy-free buttery sticks or shortening (in a pinch, can sub coconut oil)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup lite canned coconut milk, full-fat canned coconut milk, or plain dairy-free creamer
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper with some overhang.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the 2 cups flour, ½ cup powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add the buttery sticks or shortening and whisk until evenly-sized coarse crumbs form.
  4. Press the mixture evenly and firmly into the bottom of your prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, lite coconut milk or creamer, remaining 3 tablespoons flour, and lemon zest.
  7. Pour the filling over the hot crust.
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. The filling will set up more as it cools.
  9. Place the baking dish on a wire rack and let cool completely.
  10. Using the parchment overhang, lift the bars from the dish and place on a cutting surface. Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar, to serve.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/classic-dairy-free-lemon-bars