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Bake-Sale Lemon Bars

The recipe for these tangy lemon bars comes from my cousin Bernice, a farmer's wife famous for cooking up feasts. — Mildred Keller, Rockford, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 bars


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until blended. Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups flour. Press onto bottom of a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, lemon juice and remaining flour until frothy; pour over hot crust.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until lemon mixture is set and lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust with additional confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Bottled lemon juice works here, but for the most lemony lemonness, squeeze your own, fresh. Better yet, zest that lemon before squeezing, then add 1 teaspoon of the grated peel to the filling.
  • Line the pan with nonstick foil before baking, and the bars will come out easily when they're done. No cleanup needed!
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 247 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.
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    • Miriam
      Jun 12, 2020

      Awesome recipe! Added pecans to the shortbread, used 1/3c. Lemon juice , 1t. lemon extract, and 1T. Lemon zest..

    • missi20021
      Jun 1, 2020

      I haven't made these yet but we're having grilled ribeyes and baked potatoes. This sounds like the perfect dessert to highlight an evening with friends. I will post our opinions later, I'm so excited!!

    • snker0521
      Apr 7, 2020

      I made these last night. Even without the powered sugar on the top, they are so good. Will be making these again.

    • dublinlab
      Mar 13, 2020

      Well, l made them for my AG. Society bake sale. Very tasty,quic to whip up. I did 2 pans at a time. I used parchment so easy to lift out of the pan. Cut beautifully with the pizza cutter. A go to recipe. Janet. VFE

    • Julie
      Dec 22, 2019

      Recipe came out wonderful, but I had a problem with them sticking to the dish after baking even though I greased it beforehand. Was able to salvage enough of the bars to enjoy, but will have to do something different next time to prevent them from sticking.

    • KayeMaddry
      Oct 11, 2019

      The best!

    • Robin
      Aug 3, 2019

      Looking forward to baking these sounds delicious

    • mygirlprincess
      Jun 18, 2019

      Love this recipe - have made it at least a dozen times. Great for dainty trays for showers and Christmas and a refreshing dessert for a summer pot luck. Freezes well too.

    • 2124arizona
      Dec 6, 2018

      Very easy to fix and so good!!

    • BeckyJCarver
      Jun 29, 2018

      Not too sweet