When my brother about broke his teeth on the crust of some lemon bars, I thought I would try to make them chewier with graham cracker crumbs as the crust.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 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).

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  • Combine graham cracker crumbs, softened butter or margarine, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

  • Beat eggs, sugar, flour, and lemon juice. (If mixture is too thick, water may be added to thin it.) Pour the mixture over the hot graham cracker crust. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

  • Dust the top with confectioners' sugar. After cooling, cut into squares.

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Nutrition Facts

248 calories; 6.7 g total fat; 64 mg cholesterol; 101 mg sodium. 45.9 g carbohydrates; 2.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (38)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2007
These are much better than I thought they'd be. Be careful baking the graham cracker crust-15 minutes should do it. Mine started to brown along the edges. When making the lemon filling, I beat each ingredient for about a minute & ended up with a light & fluffy batter. I kept it in the oven an extra 5 minutes with the heat off, to set the middle of the lemon filling more. Will make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
It was hard to press the graham cracker crust firmly into the pan so as a result the lemon topping soaked into the crust. I ended up with a lemony graham crust with a millimeter thick lemon layer on top. Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2007
These are much better than I thought they'd be. Be careful baking the graham cracker crust-15 minutes should do it. Mine started to brown along the edges. When making the lemon filling, I beat each ingredient for about a minute & ended up with a light & fluffy batter. I kept it in the oven an extra 5 minutes with the heat off, to set the middle of the lemon filling more. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2007
These are much better than I thought they'd be. Be careful baking the graham cracker crust-15 minutes should do it. Mine started to brown along the edges. When making the lemon filling, I beat each ingredient for about a minute & ended up with a light & fluffy batter. I kept it in the oven an extra 5 minutes with the heat off, to set the middle of the lemon filling more. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/10/2008
I made a few adjustments which were the only things keeping me from rating the original recipe with five stars. The graham crust required no mental adjustment for me--this is how my mom always made them! Basically because I wanted a really tart square I added a splash extra lemon juice (regular ole bottled stuff) and did like nora and only added 2.5 cups of sugar. Added an extra tbsp or so of flour to the filling; it seemed a little watery. I also omitted the confectioner's sugar. As I say; I wanted 'em tart. Began eating them out of the pan only mostly cooled--a very good sign! In fact I was shocked hear my ultra-picky fiance making happy noises while he ate. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is a very good bar as is but I have also made it with key lime juice and cut the sugar down by 1/2 cup and it won raves from my family. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2008
The recipe was really easy to follow and it worked out great. I added lemon zest and coconut to the top and they couldn't be more delicious! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
It was hard to press the graham cracker crust firmly into the pan so as a result the lemon topping soaked into the crust. I ended up with a lemony graham crust with a millimeter thick lemon layer on top. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2008
Sorry I hate to give bad reviews but honestly this was not good. It came out chewy and is just not what a lemon bar should be. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2008
These lemon bars are great. I've made them twice and received lots of compliments both times for the combo of the graham cracker crust (you'll never make lemon bars with a different crust again) and the gooey lemon. Make sure you serve these with napkins around! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/27/2008
I made these in store bought mini graham crusts to save on time. I like how fast the mixture came together but I didn't like how much sugar is in it. I feel the finished product is way too sweet. It's very good nonetheless. Next time I will cut the sugar by at least half so that the lemon doesn't get overwhelmed. I used Fresh lemon juice and served with homemade whipped cream. 1 cup heavy cream Vanilla to taste and sugar to taste beat until stiff peaks form and serve. 5 minutes with a stand mixer maybe 10 minutes with a hand mixer. Make sure everything is very cold. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/12/2008
These were pretty good except for several things. The first was that my crust would not spread the entire pan so I had to make 2 bowls of it to get enough. They tasted good but were SO sticky. Also they were a little too sweet. I did not sprinkle sugar on top of them either. If I had done that I would not have been able to eat them due to the sweetness. Not too bad but has room for improvement. Read More
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