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Homemade Lemon Bars

 Homemade Lemon Bars
Memorable family meals were complete when these tangy bars were served, my husband remembers from his childhood. That's still true today for our family. Their sweetness rounds out the meal, but the lemony flavor keeps them light. Don't expect many leftovers once family and friends taste these bars! —Denise Baumert, Dalhart, Texas
9 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Orange peel strips (1 to 3 inches), optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat flour, butter and
  • confectioners' sugar until blended. Press onto bottom of an
  • ungreased 8-in.-square baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes or until
  • lightly browned.
  • For topping, in a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice,
  • extract, baking powder and salt until frothy; pour over hot crust.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Cool
  • completely in dish on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
  • If desired, sprinkle with orange peel strips. Yield: 9 servings.

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Nutritional Facts:> 1 piece equals 235 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.