Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 35 mins

This is my favorite lemon bars recipe, which I originally copied out of my mother's old Garden Club cookbook, hence the name. I have been making this recipe since I was a little girl and I have always loved it. I have made these so many times over the years and have not really ever felt the need to improve on it. However, when I was a girl I did used to use dried bottled lemon zest(yikes), since I wasn't allowed to use the razor sharp grater. I use the real thing now that I am an adult. I have to admit that I do still usually use the bottled RealLemon lemon juice rather than fresh to this day - in fact, I buy it specifcally for these bars. There is something very nostalgic to me about that green jar of bottled juice, that it just doesn't seem fitting to use anything else. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine crust ingredients until mixture resembles crumbs using a pastry blender or a couple of butter knives.
  3. Press into a greased and floured 8" square glass baking pan using your fingers- press it so that the entire bottom of the pan is covered evenly.
  4. Bake partially for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  5. While the crust is prebaking, combine the filling ingredients and pour over the warm crust.
  6. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned- do not overbake.
  7. Let cool completely.
  8. Once cool, sift powdered sugar over the top- you may need more or less to taste.
  9. I like mine to look like they've been covered with a snow.
  10. Slice into bars and serve.


Most Helpful

FANTASTIC! These are to die for! They go together fast and taste delicious! The crust is buttery and tender, and the filling lemony and velvety. I cut back abit on the sugar as I like my bars with a little bite (can't STAND sugary sweet lemon bars, no lemon flavor that way!) and it was perfect. This will be made often at my house!

Michelle S. February 04, 2003

just delicious! nice crust, great filling. they are sweet and not lemony, but i used the zest of 1 lemon and the juice of 2, i hate a bald lemon. thanks heather for making me use my pastry cutter and help me find my missing blades- and for this great recipe, of course

chia April 05, 2003

If I could give more stars, I would. I made these with lime instead of lemon and they were amazing. I ate the entire pan! I like less crust, more filling for my bars, however, so with the leftover crust I made cookies. After cooling all night they became even better tasting and I will definitely make them again!!

honey fudge April 13, 2007

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