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Lemon Bars Recipe
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Lemon Bars Recipe

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This dessert is a delightful recipe from my mother's file. I've been serving it for many years. The bars have a wonderful tangy flavor, and they're always a hit. For variety of color and shape, they're a nice addition to a platter of cookies. —Etta Soucy, Mesa, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 263 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, butter and confectioners' sugar. Pat into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  2. For filling, in a small bowl, beat eggs. Add the sugar, flour, baking powder, lemon juice and peel; beat until frothy. Pour over the crust. Bake 25 minutes longer or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Bars in Reminisce May/June 1996, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 263 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jul. 24, 2014

Delicious!!! I gave the recipe a four star rating because I didn't follow it exactly. People seem to get bothered when you modify it and then rate it high. I changed three things. Firstly, I left the cookie in for an extra five minutes, I found it too mushy on my first try. Secondly, I doubled the filling because I like it thicker like a lemon brownie. Lastly, I added about three (3) more tablespoons of lemon juice and lemon peel. While I liked the taste on my first try, my family wanted more of a lemon taste. The recipe is good we just wanted a little more. I guess my family is just greedy lol. We can't stop eating these.

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

Perfect as is. Took to 4th of July party and it was a huge hit! I used the parchment paper per ebramkamp's advice. With the never ending need to experiment, I'm trying something new right now . . . replaced 1 cup flour for: 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup almond flour to give it a little almond cookie flavor to compliment the lemon. Yumm

Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

After reading the reviews I added extra lemon juice. Very good!

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

I made this as as is. It definitely needs more lemon flavor. Next time I will add more lemon juice or maybe add some lemon extract.

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

A wonderful lemon bar recipe. I did use freshly grated lemon peel in lieu of the extract. Another trick I do to make it super easy to remove the bars from the pan is to lightly butter the pan then line with parchment paper which hangs over the edge of the pan a bit. I butter the pan lightly to keep the parchment paper in place. When the bars are done all I have to do is grab the ends of the parchment paper, pull everything out and place on a cooling rack. Clean up is also a breeze.

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