This is a variation of the Lemon Bars I used to make. I preferred the lemon filling to be between the layers of dough so I altered my recipe.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
30
Yield:
30 bars
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 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). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the 3 cups of flour with the confectioners' sugar. Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

  • In a smaller bowl, stir together the egg whites and white sugar. Add the flour and baking powder, mix until lumps are gone. Stir in the lemon juice. Pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust, then sprinkle the remaining crust mixture evenly over the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven. Refrigerate to set before serving.

Nutrition Facts

187 calories; protein 2g; carbohydrates 24.5g; fat 9.3g; cholesterol 24.4mg; sodium 89.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2003
These are really worthy of 5 stars. I took the 1/2 of the "topping crust" and added the zest of the 3 lemons used for the 1/2 cup of juice and added 1/2 cup of toasted pecans. Everyone raved! Read More
(62)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2007
This was not what I expected. Tasted more like shortbread than lemon bars. Not completely bad (anything with 3 sticks of butter can't be completely bad!) just not very lemony. The filling seemed to be absorbed into the dough. Read More
(13)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2003
These are really worthy of 5 stars. I took the 1/2 of the "topping crust" and added the zest of the 3 lemons used for the 1/2 cup of juice and added 1/2 cup of toasted pecans. Everyone raved! Read More
(62)
Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2004
This was good but we only made half the crust who wants to cover up good lemon flavor. Also we used whole eggs instead of only egg whites. Who wants lemon bars with no color? Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
These bars are lemony perfection! I did sprinkle the topping ontop of the lemon filling the first time but actually prefer to not put it on. I just dusted the top w/ sifted confectioners sugar before serving. Read More
(47)
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Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2003
These were good. Of course I changed the recipe slightly. I used 4 limes and 1 lemon which gave me the 1/2 cup juice needed. Tartness seemed just right. As other reviewers suggested about the topping I used about 3/4's of it for the base which gave a good sturdy base to cut and did sprinkle the last 1/4 over the top. They were better the next day. I'm going to try another recipe from Ina Garten. Still seaching for the perfect lemon bar. Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2003
Delicious and easy - I found this one year while baking Christmas cookies when I needed to use up some egg whites and they have been a huge hit with everyone who tries them. If you like lemon you'll love these! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2003
Man these are good!! Sprinkle the top crust on lightly lest you'll smother some of the daringly delicious lemon flavor. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 4 stars
12/04/2004
This recipe was okay but it had way too much dough. I added 1 tsp. of lemon extract and the lemon flavor was good except the dough got in the way of really enjoying the lemon tatse. Next time I will halve or quarter the dough and bake in an 8x8 pan and adjust the baking time. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2008
I made these twice because the first batch didn't have enough of a lemon flavour.The second time I used the amount of lemon juice called for and added 2 teaspoons of pure lemon extract.Much more of a lemon ZING....Give it a try! Read More
(15)
Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2007
This was not what I expected. Tasted more like shortbread than lemon bars. Not completely bad (anything with 3 sticks of butter can't be completely bad!) just not very lemony. The filling seemed to be absorbed into the dough. Read More
(13)
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