The Best Lemon Bars

lemon barsYou may have noticed a bit of a lemon theme these week.  I hope you non lemon lovers will bear with me.

This is a recipe that I have had for a really long time. The recipe originally came from a childhood friend’s mother in Wisconsin.  This recipe has been in my family for about 50 years.  That is no indication of how old I am!

lemon bars

It is the lemon bar my mother always made and it is the one I always make.    I am pretty picky about my lemon bars.  A lemon bar needs to have the right texture.  Not too gooey, not too dry.  It also has to have the right amount of lemon.  Not too sweet and not to tart.  For me this lemon bar is perfect.  Have you ever bitten into a lemon bar, full of anticipation, only to be sorely disappointed in the lack of lovely lemon flavor!??  So disappointing but I promise these won’t disappoint!

lemon bars

The only down side to this recipe is it only makes an 8 x 8 pan full!  The process is pretty easy though.  It starts with a shortbread/cookie like crust that is baked.  Then you add on a mixture of eggs, sugar and lemon and bake some more.  The final touch is a drizzle of a lemon glaze.

lemon bar collage

Lemon bars are one of my favorites.  They are perfect for any occasion and I especially love them at Easter time.

lemon barsBake up a batch, take a bite and enjoy!

lemon barsFor other Lovely Lemon recipes try these:

Lemon Angel PieLemon Cheesecake BarsLemon Cream Cake


The Best Lemon Bars
  • ½ C butter
  • 1 C flour
  • ¼ C powdered sugar
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • ¾ C powdered sugar
  • lemon juice to make soft glaze
  1. Mix together butter, flour and powdered sugar and press into 8 x 8 pan.
  2. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  3. Mix together sugar, flour and baking powder
  4. Add in eggs, lemon juice and lemon rind
  5. Pour this mixture over baked crust and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until edges are golden brown and mixture is set.
  6. Mix together powdered sugar with enough lemon juice to make glaze soft enough to drizzle over lemon bars while they are still warm.
  7. Cool and cut.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. Karen says

    I have the same recipe and have been making them nearly as long. I couldn’t agree more… they are the best!

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  3. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe at our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! link party. I hope you can join us this Wednesday at 8:30 PM EST -Doree

  4. Tiffany says

    These look so good and in so sad it’s 12 at night so I can’t make them right now!! I’ll have to try them in the morning!

  5. says

    Same recipe I’ve been making from my grandmother’s collection for 30 years, no telling how long she had it, but it’s the best! So easy and my favorite for summer! I end up making them so often during the summer months that I memorize the recipe each year lol. Now I’m craving lemon bars!

  6. Melissa says

    For the icing.. About how much lemon juice? Just trying to figure out how many lemons to get. These look amazing. Def making them this week!


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