Brenda's Lemon Bars Recipe

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"I love to bake, and these lemon bars rank among my most-often requested recipes," Brenda says.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 199 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, baking powder and remaining flour until frothy. Pour over warm crust.
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Dust with remaining confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Brenda's Lemon Bars in Country Woman May 2007, p6

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"I absolutely loved these! Made them today to use up some lemons and they were awesome, I love lemon and these were perfect for me. :) For some reason (likely my oven off) I had to bake mine a bit longer than the 18-22 minutes to get the filling right. Even the non-lemon lovers in the house loved these! :)"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"I wish I had looked at the other recipes. I do love the crust but the filling is VERY lemony. I am still tasting it even with tea. The other recipes are an 8 inch pan with 2-3 tbsp. I love that this recipe is an 9x13 pan but 2/3 cups has 10 TBSP. So the lemon flavor is intense. I will just cut the lemon juice back by half because everything else is wonderful. So do try it"

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"Love the crust, it's not so blah tasting and the filling is so sweet and lemony but not overkill. Everyone at worked loved them and wants more!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"These are absolutely the best lemon bars I have ever made. They stayed together and have such an additive flavor. I would definitely make again....even my husband said they were the best!"

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