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Creamy Lemon Bars with Browned Butter Raspberries.

These bars are buttery, silky smooth, hinted with vanilla, perfectly lemony, and just sweet enough. Made with a buttery Ritz cracker crust, each bar is then finished off with fresh raspberries tossed in browned butter. A truly decadent spring (or summer) dessert!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
chill time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Calories: 166kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers, finely crushed into crumbs (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups crushed crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 large egg + 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice, preferably from Meyer lemons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Browned Butter Raspberries

  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
    2. In a small bowl, mix together the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and brown sugar. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Transfer to the oven and bake 15 minutes, until light golden on top. 
    3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and egg yolks. Add the sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt until combined. Pour the mix over the cracker crust. Return to the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes, until just set. Allow the bars to cool in the pan, then place in the fridge to cool completely, at least 2 hours or overnight. 
    4. Cut into bars. Just before serving, spoon over the browned butter raspberries. The bars can be kept chilled in the fridge for up to 4 days. 
    5. To make the raspberries, add the butter to a skillet set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown lightly until it smells toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir often. Remove from the heat and add the lemon zest. Gently toss the berries with the butter and spoon overtop the bars. 

Nutrition

Calories: 166kcal