Joanna Gaines shares at the top of this recipe from the Magnolia Table Cookbook that this is a precious recipe that a friend of the family would always include when they would bring a meal to the Gaines. Jo shares that it never failed, and she loved them so much she got special permission to share Gail's mother's recipe in the cookbook.
I am so glad that she agreed to share this fantastic family treasure because they are truly that, FANTASTIC! Lemon desserts are not typically my go-to, but I have really been enjoying all the citrus flavors coming out of this cookbook. From the crisp shortbread cookie-like crust to the perfectly sweet and tart lemon filling there isn't anything not to like about these Lemon Bars.
The only real pro tip that I can share on this one is to mix your crust just right. Joanna mentions in the recipe not to work the dough too much, but I feel like I undermixed mine to the point that it basically crumbled when I cut my bars. I did wait until they were completely cool as she says to do, but even then the crust was coming up with the knife as I cut. The second circle from the outside seemed to be cooked the best, the outside was just a little over and the middle was cooked but just seemed to be a little under. This was the first time for me to make a lemon bar like this so I am a little inexperienced with how they are expected to come out.
Leave me a comment below if you have any tips for me or if you have made them and how much you love them!
Until next time, happy cooking!
If you watched Joanna makes this recipe on Season 3, Episode 3 of her new cooking show 'Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines' you can get the recipe by CLICKING HERE, she shared it on her blog so you can make it at home!
read my other reviews of season 3 episode 3 here...
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