Crust Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, plus more for sprinkling

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

¼ teaspoon fine sea salt

10 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes


Curd Ingredients: 

4 to 6 meyer lemons

1 ½ cups sugar

2 large eggs plus 3 yolks

1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch

Pinch of fine sea salt

4 tablespoons butter

¼ cup Meyer Lemon Olive Oil 

Confectioners’ sugar

Crust Directions: 

Heat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with enough parchment to hang over two of the sides (to be used as handles later to lift the bars out of the pan). Mix together the flour, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest and salt in a food processor, or whisk together in a large bowl. Add butter into the flour until a crumbly dough forms. Press dough into prepared pan and bake until shortbread is pale golden all over, 30 to 35 minutes.

Curd Directions: 

Grate 1/2 tablespoon zest from lemons and set aside. Squeeze lemons to yield 3/4 cup juice. In a small saucepan, whisk together lemon juice, sugar, eggs and yolks, cornstarch and fine sea salt over medium heat until boiling and thickened, 2 to 5 minutes. Make sure mixture comes to a boil or the cornstarch won’t activate. But once it boils do not cook for longer than 1 minute or you risk the curd thinning out again. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl. Whisk in butter, olive oil and lemon zest. When the shortbread is ready, take it out of the oven and carefully pour the lemon curd onto the shortbread base; return the pan to the oven. Bake until topping is just set, 10 to 15 minutes more. Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold before cutting into bars. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar right before serving. The olive oil does make it a little softer than the usual lemon bar, so keep these in the fridge until serving time.