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Macadamia Lemon Bars Recipe

Macadamia Lemon Bars Recipe

These bars enjoy a lot of compliments among my friends and family. I almost have to make them for all of our get-togethers. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix flour, confectioners' sugar and melted butter until crumbly; stir in nuts. Press onto bottom and 1/2 in. up sides of a greased 8-in.-square baking dish. Bake 15-20 minutes or until light brown.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Beat in eggs, lemon juice and lemon peel until blended.
  • 3. Pour over hot crust. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 1 dozen.

Reviews for Macadamia Lemon Bars

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"these bars are a little too sweet for my taste. best not to brown the bars, sugar caramelizes."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2015

"I had prepared these bars, only I adjusted this recipe by using pecans instead of macadamia nuts since they were on hand for me! I'd baked these bars at 350o F. for 30 minutes for the lemon filling and 15 to 20 minutes for the crust. I'd used a greased and floured 8x8x2" square baking pan! This lemon bar recipe is certainly a 5* score! Thank you for sharing this recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2015

"These are delicious! I put in double the lemon juice as suggested and they taste awesome.

This is definitely a keeper!"

Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"Taste of home, "this time you have out done yourself." this was the best lemon bars I ever tasted. thanks for the res."

Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"I double the lemon for more flavor and when the crust is almost done, I cover it with white chocolate chips, let them melt and spread it, then I add the good."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2014

"These are awesome!"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"While these are very tasty, I wondered if there's a few misprints with the recipe. First off, the crust layer won't be "crumbly" if you stir in half a cup of melted butter- it's way too wet for that, and I wonder if it's supposed to be half a stick (1/4 cup) butter instead. When you press it up the sides of the pan, it melts back down in the oven so you only end up with a bottom crust. Make sure you grease the pan very generously, and maybe even flour it a little bit. If you really want the lemon flavor to be prominent, I recommend doubling the amount of lemon juice in the filling, otherwise the lemon flavor is very light."

Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"These are so good...melt in your mouth...make you feel like spring is just around the corner!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2013

"these are our favorites. when I make them, they are gone in minutes."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"Easy to make and delicious"

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"Macadamia lemon bars are a favourite in our home and one my children make any time we have all the ingredients. We love it and will definitely be keeping this recipe."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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