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!

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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!

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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

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The Best Lemon Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 C powdered sugar
  • lemon juice to make soft glaze

Instructions

  • Mix together butter, flour and powdered sugar and press into 8 x 8 pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Mix together sugar, flour and baking powder
  • Add in eggs, lemon juice and lemon rind
  • 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.
  • Mix together powdered sugar with enough lemon juice to make glaze soft enough to drizzle over lemon bars while they are still warm.
  • Cool and cut.

Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 2

    These bars look so delicious! I can almost taste the lemon now. What a great dessert to use for the holidays…thanks for sharing!
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  3. 3
    Liz says:

    Love lemon bars. Thank you.

  4. 4

    These look melt in your mouth good!!
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  5. 5

    have you ever tried doubling it for a 9 x 13 batch? This looks awesome, but I’d want a batch big enough to share with neighbors too.
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  6. 6

    These bars really do look amazing Leigh Ann! Total perfection! Pinned!
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  7. 7

    I love a good lemon bar, but I’m a bit fussy like you, they have to be sweet but not too sweet, and tart but not too tart; I cannot wait to try your recipe
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  8. 8
    Laurie says:

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  9. 9

    Bring on the lemon! I love it and I don’t think I could ever get sick of it. These bars look so darn good, Leigh Anne! Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinned!
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  10. 10

    Thanks so much for linking up your delicious Best Lemon Bars Recipe on our Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party. We are always looking for yummy lemon bars. We will definitely be giving these a try!!

  11. 11
    Doree 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

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