Lemon Creme Bars

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Lemon Creme Bars are so delicious; they’re one of the best uses for sweetened condensed milk. The lemon bars are kind of like Oatmeal Carmelitas in lemon form.

Please use freshly-squeezed lemon juice in these bars, not bottled. It really does make a difference in flavor and texture too. I also don’t like using lemon zest in these bars, as some recipes do, because it interferes with the silkiness of the filling.

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Enjoy these bars; tuck them into lunchboxes and serve them for dessert after dinner.

Lemon Creme Bars

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In small bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice and mix well with wire whisk. Set aside. In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and mix until crumbly. Press half of these crumbs into a 13″ x 9″ pan. Pour lemon mixture over and top with remaining crumbs. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until crumbs are light golden brown. Cool completely and chill before cutting into bars. Store in refrigerator

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