Lemon Bars   

Adapted from Alice Medrich's Cookies and Brownies (Warner Books; 1999), by Alice Medrich

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup all purpose flour

Melt the butter and mix in the remaining ingredients until a smooth dough is formed.  Line an 8 inch square pan with foil (I recommend non-stick foil) and press the dough evenly into it.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown. 

1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Beat all of the ingredients for the filling together and set aside. 

When the crust is golden brown, it is ready for the filling.  Lower the oven temperature to 300 degrees.  Without removing it from the oven, pour the filling into the pan.  It is best to carefully slide out the oven rack to pour in the filling to enable this process.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the filling is firm.  Cool completely and cut into 16 squares.  If you are preparing them for a larger group and just want small tastes, cut into smaller squares.

They keep well refrigerated for about 3 days.  I would not necessarily recommend freezing them, but I have tried it and they hold up quite well.