Macadamia Lemon Bars Recipe
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Macadamia Lemon Bars Recipe

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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
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 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 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 bar: 226 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 143mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  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.
Originally published as Macadamia Lemon Bars in Taste of Home April/May 2004, p33

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Mar. 13, 2016

"My family really enjoyed these lemon bars and the macadamia nuts are a nice treat.

Easy to make and pretty on the plate."

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."

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