This is a really easy recipe that my mom made before the lemon bar 'rage' was on! Thick-skinned lemons work the best. I suggest using real butter and eggs, I've tried using eggbeaters--nowhere near as good!

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 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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  • Mix 2 cups of flour and confectioner's sugar together. Cut in the butter or margarine. Mix well until the dough resembles pie dough consistency. Press the dough into a 9x13 inch baking pan.

  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  • Beat together eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, lemon juice and lemon rind for at least 1 minute. Pour the mixture over the baked crust.

  • Bake the bars another 20 minutes, or until the lemon topping has set. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar when cooled.

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Nutrition Facts

136 calories; 6.5 g total fat; 39 mg cholesterol; 50 mg sodium. 18.4 g carbohydrates; 1.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2009
This is a fairly standard and very reliable recipe for classic lemon bars. Any criticism of either too much crust, not enough filling, too sweet or tart, or not sweet or tart enough is purely subjective, and can easily be tweaked to suit individual tastes and preferences. Having made lemon bars many times in the past, and knowing that I like a thicker filling than the standard 4-egg filling for a 9x13" pan, I chose to use 1-1/2 times the filling for the same amount of crust, keeping all other measurements the same. I liked the addition of the lemon zest in this recipe, and found these to have the perfect balance of juice and zest for a just right sweetness and tartness. If possible, use either a non-melting powdered sugar, or sprinkle the powdered sugar right before serving, as it tends to melt into the bars quickly. I had a taste for something lemon today, and since these are so quick and easy to make they quickly satisfied the craving! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
This was OK but not great. Crust was a little too thick it over powered the filling. Maybe it would be better if you used the same amount of crust and spread in a jelly roll pan then made 1&1/2 times the lemon filling. Read More
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840 Ratings
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  • 3 star values: 58
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 14
Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2009
This is a fairly standard and very reliable recipe for classic lemon bars. Any criticism of either too much crust, not enough filling, too sweet or tart, or not sweet or tart enough is purely subjective, and can easily be tweaked to suit individual tastes and preferences. Having made lemon bars many times in the past, and knowing that I like a thicker filling than the standard 4-egg filling for a 9x13" pan, I chose to use 1-1/2 times the filling for the same amount of crust, keeping all other measurements the same. I liked the addition of the lemon zest in this recipe, and found these to have the perfect balance of juice and zest for a just right sweetness and tartness. If possible, use either a non-melting powdered sugar, or sprinkle the powdered sugar right before serving, as it tends to melt into the bars quickly. I had a taste for something lemon today, and since these are so quick and easy to make they quickly satisfied the craving! Read More
(1058)
Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2009
This is a fairly standard and very reliable recipe for classic lemon bars. Any criticism of either too much crust, not enough filling, too sweet or tart, or not sweet or tart enough is purely subjective, and can easily be tweaked to suit individual tastes and preferences. Having made lemon bars many times in the past, and knowing that I like a thicker filling than the standard 4-egg filling for a 9x13" pan, I chose to use 1-1/2 times the filling for the same amount of crust, keeping all other measurements the same. I liked the addition of the lemon zest in this recipe, and found these to have the perfect balance of juice and zest for a just right sweetness and tartness. If possible, use either a non-melting powdered sugar, or sprinkle the powdered sugar right before serving, as it tends to melt into the bars quickly. I had a taste for something lemon today, and since these are so quick and easy to make they quickly satisfied the craving! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
This is an great, simple recipe that I make with my 3 year old. If you halve the lemons and then nuke them for 10 seconds or so you can get a lot more juice. Super good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2006
I thought these lemon bars were delicious! I followed the recipe as it was printed although I decreased the temperature to 340 and kept a close eye on things because my oven bakes a bit faster than it should. There was just the right amount of crust and just the right amount of lemony topping. Although some reviews stated they didn't look very nice I disagree! They looked fine when they came out and after they cooled the top was certainly firm enough to withstand a sprinkling of powdered sugar. I'm definitely going to make these again and i'm also going to try them with a mixture of lemon and lime juices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
I'm not sure why everyone keeps cutting the crust recipe in half. It's just fine as long as you DOUBLE the filling. I didn't have enough lemon juice so I used half a cup of lemon juice and half a cup of lime juice. They were fabulous. Make sure you whisk the filling until a creamy froth developes. When it bakes it will create a thin wafer of an almost merangue consistancy. Also DO NOT bake the crust longer than 15 minutes. It will be pale and not browned at all on top but will be completely done and a lovely golden on the bottom after the filling has been added and it's been in the oven for another 20 to 25 min. (max.)If the edges start to brown...take it out immediately. It is definately done. Be sure to watch it if you leave it in longer than 20 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2004
Definitely a good lemon bar but not lemony enough. I have made this many times now and I add the zest of a full lemon to make them really tangy. If you add more lemon juice they can get too runny. But you really do need to cook this longer than 20 mins (at least 25-28). I personally love the thick shortbread crust. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving or it just soaks into the bar (powdered sugar makes them look much more appetizing and pretty!) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2009
I followed the recipe exact, making no changes. I found that baking the crust for 15 minutes was exact as was baking the filling for 20 minutes. I had no problems with burning or overdone anything like I have with other lemon bars. I couldn't wait to cut into this, so I let it cool for about 20 minutes before I dusted it with confectioners sugar and another 10 minutes after that before I couldn't wait anymore. The crust is almost shortbread like and the filling is better than others I've tried. I think it's good as is, but for someone who likes more filling and a little more sour filling, I might double the filling next time and at least double the zest. The reviewer before me is right in describing the filling as close to a lemon meringue. NOTE: The filling looks to be thin and you'll worry that it won't set up. It will. It's supposed to look like that. EDITED: Once it cools, the filling's tartness comes out a bit more and it's quite creamy. I think some of the other reviewers are right in making a batch and a half of the filling. I think it might be perfect then. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2008
Awesome Awesome Awesome!!! I used 2 lemons for the juice and zest!! Drizzled with a thin frosting made with powdered sugar and lemon juice for a little extra zing and sweetness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2009
The first time I made these I followed the recipe exactly and thought that there was too much crust. So I made them again and cut the flour back to 1 1/2 cups (mixed with the powdered sugar) and 3 Tblsps added to the egg/lemon juice mix. I used cold butter and cut it in to the flour with a pastry blender. I left all of the other ingredient amounts the same and thought this was a perfect ratio of crust to filling. I enjoy the taste of these bars best when they are chilled... An absolutely scrumptious "the best" recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2011
I made these based on the picture shown....that must be two bars stacked on top of each other. I made it the original recipe way but next time I will definitely DOUBLE the filling so it is more of a 2:1 RATIO instead of 1:1. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
This was OK but not great. Crust was a little too thick it over powered the filling. Maybe it would be better if you used the same amount of crust and spread in a jelly roll pan then made 1&1/2 times the lemon filling. Read More
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