Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins

This recipe comes from Gourmet Magazine. It is very simple and delicious.


  1. Shortbread Base:Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut butter into 1/2 inch pieces.
  3. In food processor, process all ingredients until mixture begins to form small lumps.
  4. Press mixture evenly into 9x13 baking pan.
  5. Bake in middle of oven until golden, about 20 minutes.
  6. While shortbread is baking, prepare topping.
  7. Topping: In bowl whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until combined well.
  8. Stir in lemon juice and flour.
  9. Pour lemon mixture over hot shortbread base.
  10. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake in middle of oven until set, about 30 minutes.
  11. Let cool completely in pan then sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
Most Helpful

Like Junebug, I found these to be good and easily made with normal ingredients. I did make a few adjustments. Those were to half the recipe and make in an 8z8 pan, added a little extra sugar(1 1/4 cups-recipe halved-but still found it to be a little tart for my taste), used bottled lemon juice instead of fresh, and used margarine instead of unsalted butter and omitted the salt in the crust. Also, I didn't use my food processor, just cut my butter, flour, and sugar with a pastry blender. Thanks for sharing your recipe, seahorse73!

~cbw~ October 18, 2003

3 Stars and I am being generous. Easy to make, but they did not have near the flavor of previous lemon bars I have made. Oh yeah, they were crumbly and unattractive to boot. People typically love my dishes. They didn't eat half of this one and I don't blame them. I was embarrassed to serve them at a party. Never again.<br/><br/>Tex

TexBunda July 04, 2013

Fantastic! These really are the best lemon bars. Perfect amount of tangy lemon flavor balanced by a tender butter crust bottom. Used fresh lemons from my tree for a real treat. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

LonghornMama December 16, 2012