Luscious Lemon Bars

"This is from Southern Living - I increased the lemon from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup. It might just be the type of lemons that grow on my tree - but they just weren't quite tangy enough til I made that change. Everyone LOVES these."
photo by Debbie R. photo by Debbie R.
photo by Debbie R.
Ready In:
1hr 5mins
24 bars




  • Combine 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly. Firmly press mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, or til lightly browned.
  • whisk eggs in a large bowl; whisk in 2 cups sugar and lemon juice. Combine remaining 1/4 cup flour and baking powder; whisk into egg mixture. Pour batter over crust.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or til set. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars and sprinkle evenly with additional powdered sugar. (I use a sifter). Cut into squares. Store in fridge.

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  1. Delicious and perfect texture. Exactly what I was looking for in a lemon bar. These don't have powdered sugar on top and the appearance suffered a little for it. However, that's only on Day 3. On the day they were made, they were so pretty, they didn't need a powdered sugar topping. Very pretty without it.
  2. I give this recipe 10 stars!!!! It was so amazingly lemony and sweet, and I loved how there are leftovers for tomorrow. Much better than store-bought lemon bars. This is definitely a keeper! Thanks!


<p>I've always loved to cook.&nbsp; I made my first scratch cake at age 7, (German Chocolate).&nbsp; I love all types of cuisine, but after migrating to California 10 years ago, and love the food here, and learning how to prepare the favorites of my Cali, family and friends.&nbsp; That being said, my passion in cooking is keeping the recipes and traditions I learned from my mother and grandmother, back home in the south, alive&nbsp; Not that even their recipes can't be improved.&nbsp; One example is my grandmother (in my mind) made the best pot roast to ever grace a table.&nbsp; Then, my boyfriend persuaded me to add red wine to the cooking liquid.&nbsp; It's still my granny's pot roast, only better.&nbsp;&nbsp; But, so far, nothing I've learned here, improves my Texas style Chicken Fried Steak.&nbsp; And cornbread???&nbsp; It seems Californians think it should be like cake, made mostly of flour with a hint of corn meal, rather than cooked in a bacon seasoned cast iron skillet - they key ingredient being corn meal, with a scant amount of flour.&nbsp;&nbsp; My newest interest is learning more about Asian cooking, of all varieties, with the possible exception of sushi.&nbsp; Where I come from, you hand us some fish, we roll it in cornmeal, fry it, and make some hushpuppies ;)</p>
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