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Classic Lemon Bars Recipe

Classic Lemon Bars Recipe

These bars are simple enough for no-fuss dinners yet elegant enough for special celebrations. Regardless of when you serve them, I'm sure they'll be a hit at your home.—Melissa Mosness, Loveland, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; gradually beat in flour until blended.
  • 2. Press into an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • 3. For filling, in a small bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, flour and baking powder until frothy. Pour over crust.
  • 4. Bake for 10-15 minutes longer or until set and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 250 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 248790
Reviewed May. 29, 2016

"This has been one of my favorite type of bar desserts for awhile. I wasn't happy with my current recipe so I gave this one a try. It turned out great. I did add some lime powder to the filling ingredients and it had a good tartness to it. I haven't tried it with just the lemon juice yet."

msgiggie User ID: 8301627 223223
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"WHERE is the ONE STAR review?? VERY POOR reporting!!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 219898
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"Simple but could have used more zip."

looonylu User ID: 7627627 41460
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"This is the same recipe that I had as a kid. It came out of the Charlie Brown cookbook that I bought in elementary school. But you have to double the lemon juice."

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 205480
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2012

"I have this exact recipe and I don't know where I got it from but I have been making them for years now. I always use more lemon juice than it calls for. Turns out good each time I make them."

BNelsonAK User ID: 2539388 138356
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011


hcdearmore User ID: 1889567 205479
Reviewed May. 8, 2010

"Although this is really tasty, it doesn't really taste "lemony." I think the addition of some lemon peel would help with that. Otherwise very good!"

tracey4 User ID: 2406715 134198
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I've made these bars several times and they have received rave reviews for their great flavor. Not too tart or too sweet."

tracey4 User ID: 2406715 50500
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"I've made these bars several times and they have received rave reviews for their great flavor. Not too tart or too sweet."

Aveena User ID: 4562269 91456
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"I made this recipe again in order to cook the crust evenly and do it right! This time I substituted the sugar in the crust for powdered sugar and I added 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice into the filling. Great flavor! Not too tart and not too sweet!"

Aveena User ID: 4562269 128475
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2009

"I accidentally cooked the dough unevenly, which make the filling cook unevenly. Nonetheless it is still a very tasty and simple recipe!"

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