Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lemon Bars

Add it to the list. Really? They are this easy to make? Why didn't I make these from scratch a long time ago?

Last weekend my eleven year old needed a snack to take to a lock in he was going to. I let him search through the cookbooks to find a recipe. It only had to meet two criteria. One: we had to have all the ingredients on hand. Two: it had to be quick and easy.

He ended up in a cook book of family recipes compiled by my sister-in-law. He chose a recipe from my Aunt Nancy, Lemon Bars.

I thoroughly enjoy lemon bars, and anything lemon usually makes it to the top of my husband's favorites list. Even so, I can not remember the last time I made lemon bars. I had never made them from scratch. Why oh why? They are so easy. So easy, in fact, that the eleven year old pretty much made them by himself. 

Lemon Bars
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
Mix together with a pastry blender until it resembles small crumbs. Press into a 9X9 pan. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.

2 eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
Mix together and pour over the baked crust. Bake for 25 minutes at 350F. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Note: if using a dark pan lower the heat and reduce the baking time.

We will be making these again..and again...and again.

Photo credit: rpunzeir - {Michelle}


  1. Oh my! I'll be making these again and again and again too. Thanks for sharing this great recipe :)

  2. I'm seeing my brother this weekend and he loves lemon bars - I'm making a batch to take with me! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I am new to following your blog. I love trying to new recipes! I am assuming this is not self rising flour?

  4. I love this site!!! Thank you so much for all the great natural-living tips. I'm so excited to start eating more natural and being healthier. I'm even about to try a natural weight loss diet plan. I'm going to read "Looking Good Naked: Natural Weight Loss in 6 Easy Steps" when it comes comes out in June. I'm happy to be healthy now.

  5. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I made them and they were easy and delicious!

  6. Do you know why the baking powder is in the filling? I have a recipe that is identical to this one except there is no baking powder?

  7. Tina, sorry to take so long to respond to your question. It is regular flour.

    ??? I have no idea. I was just following the recipe. I can only assume that it reacts with the lemon to make the bars lighter and fluffier. It would be interesting to try it both ways and see what happens.


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