Mama's Lemon Sour Cookie Bars

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins

These were my Mama's best loved bar cookies. Everybody who had them for the first time always wanted the recipe, and the people who had tasted them before always begged for more.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Mix the flour and butter together until it resembles a very fine crumb.
  3. Sprinkle evenly into the bottom of an 11 X 7" pan, and pat lightly to smooth out any lumps.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°.
  5. Meanwhile beat the eggs, and mix in the brown sugar, nuts, coconut, vanilla and baking powder.
  6. Spread this mixture onto the baked crust as soon as you take it from the oven.
  7. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes at 350°.
  8. Mix the lemon rind and juice with the confectioner's sugar to make a creamy glaze.
  9. Spread the lemon glaze evenly over the top of the hot cookie mixture as soon as you take it from the oven.
  10. Cool completely before cutting into squares.
  11. Store in an airtight container as the lemon glaze will dry out if left out for more than a day.
  12. (This is not usually a problem because there are never any leftovers!)**I use the Angel Flake coconut in the can or the bag.
  13. Any brand of moist, flaked coconut will do, but you do not want to use the dry, shredded coconut for this recipe.
Most Helpful

I lost the recipe for the lemon bars that my Grandmother/mother handed down to me. This recipe is as close as you get. Thanks

Wolfen1106 December 20, 2012

Ooeygooey good! The brown sugar & coconut layer is so rich but the lemon glaze perks it up just right. I was worried that the 3/4 c. of flour wouldn't be enough to cover the bottom of the baking dish but it did. (Next time I might increase the flour/ butter mixture for a bit of a thicker crust base as it did start to crumble when I poured the filling in =) All in all a mighty tasty recipe! Thanks for posting Georgia Girl. =)

Aroostook March 28, 2004