This is a recipe I have had for about thirty years. It has stood the test of time and is as good today as it was then.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 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).

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the 2 tablespoons of sugar with the 1 cup of flour. Cut in the 1/3 cup of butter until mixture is coarse crumbs. Press firmly into the bottom of a 9x9 inch baking pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Set aside to cool.

  • In the same bowl, stir together the sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Stir in the coconut and chopped nuts until everything is coated. Spread the mixture evenly over the baked crust. Return to the oven to bake for an additional 25 to 30 minutes.

  • To make the icing, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice and confectioners' sugar. Beat until smooth. Pour and spread over the top of the bars as soon as they come out of the oven. Cool for 15 minutes before cutting into bars.

Nutrition Facts

232.9 calories; 3.1 g protein; 32.9 g carbohydrates; 44.5 mg cholesterol; 122.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2004
EXCELLENT!! Was gone almost as fast as it was made. I really don't like coconut or walnut... BUT.. THIS was OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD.. & EASY! I used about 2x the lemon juice. Will definitely Make again and again and for guests too:) Gotta try this!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/24/2004
Ok I have no idea what the other reviewers commented on but I don't think it was this recipe?! I LOVE sweets and in fact being 1 of 7 kids (Big Family) I am the one everyone calls for the "next best dessert" recipe. The icing was way too tangy for the almost pecan pie type underfilling. Imagine a Pecan pie with a tangy lemon icing on top. Not my idea of a good dessert. Sorry to be so negative but these were just not good at all. Dissapointment. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2004
EXCELLENT!! Was gone almost as fast as it was made. I really don't like coconut or walnut... BUT.. THIS was OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD.. & EASY! I used about 2x the lemon juice. Will definitely Make again and again and for guests too:) Gotta try this!! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2004
EXCELLENT!! Was gone almost as fast as it was made. I really don't like coconut or walnut... BUT.. THIS was OUTRAGEOUSLY GOOD.. & EASY! I used about 2x the lemon juice. Will definitely Make again and again and for guests too:) Gotta try this!! Read More
(37)
Rating: 1 stars
06/23/2004
Ok I have no idea what the other reviewers commented on but I don't think it was this recipe?! I LOVE sweets and in fact being 1 of 7 kids (Big Family) I am the one everyone calls for the "next best dessert" recipe. The icing was way too tangy for the almost pecan pie type underfilling. Imagine a Pecan pie with a tangy lemon icing on top. Not my idea of a good dessert. Sorry to be so negative but these were just not good at all. Dissapointment. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2004
Great recipe! I've now made these 3 times and have found that also adding about 1/4 tsp of lemon extract will take care of those who don't think that it's "lemony enough". Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/20/2004
These bars were okay but not lemony enough. I agree with another reviewer that something was missing. I also am not sure if I like coconut in lemon bars....I think I will keep on looking. Thanks anyway. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2008
These are a holiday favorite at my house. I recommend using fresh lemon juice & zest. Also I've made them with pecans rather than walnuts and they were equally good with either. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
Wow...a great tasting lemon bar that is soft and slightly chewy. Used the zest and juice of 1 lemon (a little more juice than required but that was ok - just added a bit more sugar)to give it enough tang. Everybody who tried it today loved it - addictive is the word of the day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2003
One of the best lemonbars ever! Everyone at work loved them and want more! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2009
I really loved this recipe. The baking of the walnut layer created a nice crunchy top & the nuts had a beautiful roasted flavour. I added a little more lemon zest (about three teaspoons) & a dash more juice so the icing was really tangy & offset the sweetness of the rest of the dessert. I'll definitely make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2004
This is an excellent recipe! I put in 3 tbsp. of lemon juice and used chopped pecans instead of walnuts. I'm going to make these for our next family gathering. Thanks Sandra! Read More
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