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Lemon Thyme Bars

I made these for work yesterday to compete in a dessert bake off. They are adapted from the Joy of Cooking and turned out wonderfully. The bars themselves are very sweet and the addition of thyme just adds a hint of savory that lingers at the end of each bite.

Preheat oven to 325


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of cold butter
  • Salt

Add the dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk together. Cut the butter into the mixture and then using your hands combine the ingredients until you have balls about the size of pees. Put the mixture in a 9x13 cake pan and press dough onto the bottom of the pan and about a 1/2 inch up the sides. Bake at 325 for 35 minutes or until crust is just starting to brown. Remove from oven and let cool on rack.


  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • juice from 5-6 lemons
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • thyme

Combine the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and zest and mix well. Sift flour over the top of mixture and combine.

I added the thyme at this point, I used dried thyme but I would recommend using fresh leaves. I think I put in about a tablespoon or so. I think you could get by with a little less if you used fresh.

Poor the mixture into the crust and then bake at 300 for 35-40 minutes until set. Let the bars cool completely before serving or covering.

If you give these a try let me know how they turned out and what you thought.