Gluten Free Lemon Bars (the Way Lemon Bars Should Be)
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Serves: 12-16
For the crust:
For the Filling:
  • 7 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) grated lemon zest (from about 4 lemons)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (I needed 5 lemons to get 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup (120 g) rice flour (white or brown)
  • 1/4 cup (30 g) tapioca starch
  • Icing or Confectioners' Sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  2. Line a9x13-inch (33x23 cm) baking pan with parchment paper, so the paper rises up the sides - I had it run up the 13" sides, and left the 9" sides bare. (This will make removing the squares much easier, as you can lift them out once they are cooled.)
  3. For the crust, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Combine the flours & salt, and slowly add to the butter/sugar mixture while the mixer is on low. Mix just until it is combined. Dump the dough into your prepared pan, place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top, and press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan, building up a 1/2-inch (1 cm) edge on all sides.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before adding the filling. Do not turn the oven off yet, you still need it.
  5. While the crust is baking, you can prepare the filling. For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, rice flour and tapioca starch. Pour the filling into a large spoon that you are holding about 1-inch (2.5 cm) above the pre-baked crust. This will stop the crust from eroding away where you are pouring it. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the filling is set. It is alright if it still has some wiggle when you remove it from the oven, it will set more as it cools. Let cool to room temperature.
  6. To remove from pan, cut along 9" edges, and use the parchment paper to lift the bars out and onto a cutting board. Using a sifter or wire sieve, dust the top of the bars with icing/confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares, and serve. If you don't plan to serve them immediately, wait to sprinkle them with the confectioners' sugar, since it will melt over time.
Recipe by Faithfully Gluten Free at