Lemon Creme Crumb Bars

One of the most delicious lemon treats you'll ever eat! Buttery tender cookie crumb layers filled with a bright and luscious lemon filling.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crumb Bars, Lemon Bars
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt*
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, rolled oats, salt and baking soda. Stir in granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix until no clumps of sugar remain. 
  2. Stir vanilla into melted butter and pour mixture over dry ingredients. Using a spoon, stir mixture until evenly moistened. 
  3. Sprinkle half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of a greased 8 by 8-inch baking dish and gently press into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside (leaving oven heated at 350 degrees).
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolks and lemon extract until well blended. Pour mixture over crumb crust in baking dish and spread into an even layer. 
  5. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining crumb mixture. Bake in preheated oven 23 - 26 minutes until lightly golden. 
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool at room temperature, once cool cover and refrigerate 30 minutes - 1 hour (I actually loved this cold), then remove and cut into squares. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.