Yield depends on whether large or small bars are cut.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking pan.

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  • Combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time.

  • Add in the lemon juice and zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Stir in raisins. Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.

  • Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly colored on top. Cool in pan on wire rack. May be drizzled with a simple confectioners' sugar icing. Cut into large or small bars.

Nutrition Facts

114.8 calories; 1.2 g protein; 17.8 g carbohydrates; 10.3 mg cholesterol; 74.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
These had an excellent flavor and chewy texture--on the outside edges that were cooked correctly. The middle was very "sludgy" and remained so even after an extra 15 minutes of cooking. I think next time I'll try it in an 11 x 7 pan and perhaps drop the oven temperature to 325. I used dried cranberries they were a wonderful replacement for the raisins. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/08/2012
Followed the recipe exactly and it was more of a cake than a true lemon bar. It looks nothing like the picture provided. If i wanted to make lemon bread I will use this recipe. Otherwise I will look else where for a true lemon bar. Read More
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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
These had an excellent flavor and chewy texture--on the outside edges that were cooked correctly. The middle was very "sludgy" and remained so even after an extra 15 minutes of cooking. I think next time I'll try it in an 11 x 7 pan and perhaps drop the oven temperature to 325. I used dried cranberries they were a wonderful replacement for the raisins. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2008
These had an excellent flavor and chewy texture--on the outside edges that were cooked correctly. The middle was very "sludgy" and remained so even after an extra 15 minutes of cooking. I think next time I'll try it in an 11 x 7 pan and perhaps drop the oven temperature to 325. I used dried cranberries they were a wonderful replacement for the raisins. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2007
i made these for christmas and my family loved them i love them! great recipe i didn't have raisins so i didn't add those but next time i might try them Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2006
These were good but I think they would have been better if I'd followed the recipe exactly. I fudged a little on the brown sugar because I ran out and so I added a cup of mixed powdered sugar and molasses. I do not recommend this as the molasses takes over the flavor. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2012
This needed tweaking for the shortbread. I used butter and left out the raisins. I added raspberries for contrast flavors. It looked brown on top when it was done so I might cook the base differently. Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
01/07/2012
Followed the recipe exactly and it was more of a cake than a true lemon bar. It looks nothing like the picture provided. If i wanted to make lemon bread I will use this recipe. Otherwise I will look else where for a true lemon bar. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/11/2013
This did not turn out how I expected. Did NOT look anything like the picture or lemon bars I ahve made in the past. Tastes ok but wasn't what I wanted... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2014
saw this recipe a few years ago in 2009 and have been making it since!!!! I love it. I love lemons and this is great! A family favorite as well. I have to remember to take a photo the next time I make it. Next time ill make it into a shape!. It is very sweet so for certain family member I have to tone it down. I did make a few adjustments as I learned to make it but still great! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/31/2016
It did not turn out anywhere like a lemon bar but a bread or cake. Even the color was wrong: it is a very brown with no yellow. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
07/02/2014
this one is turned out horrible Read More