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 lemon bars have a wonderful tangy flavor, and they're always a hit. The color and shape make them a nice addition to a platter of cookies. —Etta Soucy, Mesa, Arizona
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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 large 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 each: 263 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g 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

Sweet White Wine

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

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amsm User ID: 8302234 263363
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"I love these lemon bars! The filling and crust both have a nice texture. I was reading that some reviewers put lemon extract in their filling for more lemon flavor. I added an extra teaspoon of zest and an extra tablespoon of juice. This gave me enough lemon flavor. I will make these again!"

SecretarialSue User ID: 8125024 261119
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2017

"Excellent! I added a small package of cream cheese to the lemon filling and my family loved it!"

Kim0827 User ID: 8763291 257351
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2016

"Good but a bit too sweet"

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 251863
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"we get home from vaca in a few days-this'll be made quickly"

Nycdee User ID: 8888321 250079
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"I followed the recipe exactly. I like the filling but the crust was too sweet. I love sweets but this was too much. I ruined it when I tried getting it out of the pan, definitely needs greasing or parchment paper. I will make it again but with less sugar"

Laurie73 User ID: 7632634 249301
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"Absolutely delicious but I added 1 teaspoon of lemon extract to the mix!!"

Orbs User ID: 7287623 249294
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

"Delicious! Thank you, Etta for sharing this recipe. I made these for my Mom so she could freeze them and have them on hand for company."

missdc User ID: 5915326 249103
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2016

"These are delicious as written but for a little extra taste add 1/4 cp. chopped walnuts to the crust....makes a big difference in taste and crunchiness. I also add one teaspoon of lemon extract to the filling. Will make often."

CocineraH User ID: 4366256 245957
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2016

"I really like this recipe, and I love the low calorie count! I do add more fresh lemon juice - about 4 Tbsp usually, because as written, the lemon flavor isn't strong enough."

ChocolateCroissant User ID: 8725247 245400
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"Delicious and very easy to make! I'd make it every month of I could!"

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