Homemade Lemon Bars Recipe
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Homemade Lemon Bars Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 235 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. For topping, in a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice, extract, baking powder and salt until frothy; pour over hot crust.
  3. 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.
Originally published as Lemon Bars in Taste of Home April/May 1993, p37

Sweet White Wine

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

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Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 261055
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2017

"These turned out really good but I think the crust needs something.I might try the crust that I use for the Chess Squares next time.The filling was not too sweet not too tart."

erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 254457
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"I've made these several times this summer ! Wonderful! I do prefer fresh squeezed lemon juice!"

nickinevells User ID: 8712502 242436
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2016

"These are so easy to make and disappear quickly."

winterof1978 User ID: 8107378 223425
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2015

"Amazingly easy and very tasty. My family thoroughly enjoyed them."

Cinderellahasherfella User ID: 8190442 223162
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"Very good. Loved the crunchy crust. Could have used more butter in crust. Also I added lemon rind. Can't wait to do it again."

brycee12 User ID: 8094930 220787
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"Very very hoid"

changeno7 User ID: 8233574 219875
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"This recipe required an adjustment. I noticed that the crust of the lemon bars did not gel with only 1\3 cup butter. I used 2\3 cup butter, and the bottom crust gelled. Otherwise, the recipe works out well.

These bars have a mild flavor."

menicki User ID: 87508 219453
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"Have made these twice. The first time I followed the directions and did NOT grease the pan, and they stuck like crazy.

The second time, I sprayed the 8x8 baking pan and then followed the directions, except I added 4 Tblsp of lemon juice AND the zest of a lemon, baked them for 25 minutes, they turned out wonderful, and they did not stick."

montnan User ID: 983088 219267
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"I've been making lemon bars for nearly 50 years now. Real butter and fresh-squeezed lemon juice (THREE T plus the finely grated rind of one lemon) make a huge difference. I melt the butter (mine calls for 1/2 cup) in an 8 or 9" square pan, then mix in the flour and powdered sugar and pat evenly over the bottom of the pan. I use less sugar (3/4 C) in the topping and NO extract. bake the crust about 15 min (very lightly browned, as it'll be baking more with the topping). I usually double the recipe for a 9x13"pan and bake the whole thing about 25 min more, until lightly browned. To look better and keep powdered sugar from getting all over when the bars are eaten, I make a glaze with 1 C powdered sugar and a little fresh lemon juice and drizzle over the warm bars to warm and spread. If you can refrain from eating them all right away, they freeze well in a tightly covered container. Let the glaze set well before freezing. Even those who aren't especially crazy about lemon usually love these. Just curious - why would one decorate these with orange peel strips rather than lemon? No decoration needed, I say."

doylescott User ID: 7230721 219220
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2015

"I have not as yet made these lemon bars, but I most shurdly well. thanks for ALL d]the rec. you have sent me, and the ons yet to come. thanks again"

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