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    Garden Club Lemon Bars

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    50 mins

    15 mins

    35 mins

    HeatherFeather's Note:

    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. :)

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

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 04, 2003


      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!

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    • on April 05, 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

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    • on April 13, 2007


      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!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Garden Club Lemon Bars

    Serving Size: 1 (573 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 123.5
    Calories from Fat 40
    Total Fat 4.5 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 36.6 mg
    Sodium 20.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 19.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 13.2 g
    Protein 1.6 g

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