Bake-Sale Lemon Bars Recipe

4.5 95 106
Bake-Sale Lemon Bars Recipe
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Bake-Sale Lemon Bars Recipe

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4.5 95 106
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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
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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. Yield: 4 dozen.

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!
  • Originally published as Bake-Sale Lemon Bars in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p37

    Nutritional Facts

    1 bar: 77 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

    • 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
    1. 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.
    2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, lemon juice and remaining flour until frothy; pour over hot crust.
    3. 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. Yield: 4 dozen.

    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!
  • Originally published as Bake-Sale Lemon Bars in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p37

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    ChrisD1717 User ID: 8325994 271729
    Reviewed Aug. 14, 2017

    "These were excellent. Took them to work and everyone raved. I did use zest of one lemon, gave it a great lemon flavor. Will make again. Great job Mildred. Thank you...I am also from Rockford. Nice to see a fellow neighbor in print."

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    Heather User ID: 9213356 269032
    Reviewed Jul. 5, 2017

    "Made these today. easy, fast and delicious. I did use some lemon ?? rind in my recipe as per the tips. Spot on. I can see why so many people love this recipe. Thank you to all who rated and Made comments, it sure helps in selecting what you are willing to try. This will go in my keepers list of recipes. I will be sharing it with my family. Yum."

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    amsm User ID: 8302234 268943
    Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017

    "These are delicious and easy to make! My daughter and I just ate two a piece! The best part is that these are made with ingredients that I had on hand.The crust was a perfect crunchy texture and the filling set up nice!"

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    homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 267649
    Reviewed Jun. 5, 2017

    "Love lemon bars! Always enjoyed at Easter and spring get togethers."

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    Doris User ID: 4412419 264481
    Reviewed Apr. 9, 2017

    "BEST!"

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    Nonnok User ID: 6085138 264463
    Reviewed Apr. 8, 2017 Edited Apr. 13, 2017

    "I have used this exact recipe ever since I found it on the box of Minute Maid frozen lemon juice in the 1970's. The crust is delicious but will crumble easily, so serve on a plate. Best lemon bars ever!!"

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    Mary User ID: 9133286 264442
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

    "Have made this recipe from Taste of Home for over 20 years, it is absolutely The Best. Even better with fresh lemon juice & zest."

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    gramcayo User ID: 5095727 264433
    Reviewed Apr. 7, 2017

    "Does anyone know if these can be frozen or how long they will last? Thanks!"

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    SecretarialSue User ID: 8125024 262004
    Reviewed Mar. 3, 2017

    "Everyone loves them!"

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    Susan User ID: 7886094 260928
    Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

    "Very easy and fast to put together. I thought I had fresh lemons and was wrong. Used the bottled kind I had in fridge and was still very yummy. Now I use the bottled as back up when I am out of fresh or when lemons are higher priced. Fresh was better of course. I use this recipe a lot."

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