Bake-Sale Lemon Bars Recipe
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Bake-Sale Lemon Bars Recipe

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The recipe for these tangy lemon bars comes from my cousin Bernice, a farmer's wife famous for cooking up feasts. — Mildred Keller, Rockford, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 77 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until blended. Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups flour. Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, lemon juice and remaining flour until frothy; pour over hot crust.
  3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until lemon mixture is set and lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 4 dozen.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Bottled lemon juice works here, but for the most lemony lemonness, squeeze your own, fresh. Better yet, zest that lemon before squeezing, then add 1 teaspoon of the grated peel to the filling.
  • Line the pan with nonstick foil before baking, and the bars will come out easily when they're done. No cleanup needed!
  • Originally published as Bake-Sale Lemon Bars in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p37

    Sweet White Wine

    Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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    homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 267649
    Reviewed Jun. 5, 2017

    "Love lemon bars! Always enjoyed at Easter and spring get togethers."

    Doris User ID: 4412419 264481
    Reviewed Apr. 9, 2017


    Nonnok User ID: 6085138 264463
    Reviewed Apr. 8, 2017 Edited Apr. 13, 2017

    "I have used this exact recipe ever since I found it on the box of Minute Maid frozen lemon juice in the 1970's. The crust is delicious but will crumble easily, so serve on a plate. Best lemon bars ever!!"

    Mary User ID: 9133286 264442
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

    "Have made this recipe from Taste of Home for over 20 years, it is absolutely The Best. Even better with fresh lemon juice & zest."

    gramcayo User ID: 5095727 264433
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

    "Does anyone know if these can be frozen or how long they will last? Thanks!"

    SecretarialSue User ID: 8125024 262004
    Reviewed Mar. 3, 2017

    "Everyone loves them!"

    Susan User ID: 7886094 260928
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

    "Very easy and fast to put together. I thought I had fresh lemons and was wrong. Used the bottled kind I had in fridge and was still very yummy. Now I use the bottled as back up when I am out of fresh or when lemons are higher priced. Fresh was better of course. I use this recipe a lot."

    nicki1966 User ID: 8116565 257084
    Reviewed Nov. 21, 2016

    "These were super easy, delicious and the crust was buttery and the filling was so creamy. My friend gave me the receipe, I'm so glad she ever!"

    delowenstein User ID: 3766053 256293
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2016

    "I made these bars back on 9/16/16. I took them to our Chapel picnic and they went over very well! Thank you, Mildred Keller, for this recipe! The bars were very simple to make and if I recall, I had also prepared them way back in 1997. Lemon is a favorite flavor with a number of people and these bars are NO exception! delowenstein"

    dmkinsey User ID: 5897555 251813
    Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

    "I thought these bars were really good and very easy to make. My family likes them, and I'll make them again."

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