Lemon bars on a shortbread base.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 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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  • To make Bottom Layer: Mix one cup flour and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar. Melt the butter and stir into flour mixture.

  • Press flat and even into an 8x8 inch baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.

  • While baking, make the top layer: Mix 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and the baking powder.

  • Beat eggs and add to mixture, stirring well. Add lemon juice and rind, mix again.

  • Pour over bottom layer; Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool a little, cut into squares while warm; dust with confectioners sugar.

Nutrition Facts

132.7 calories; protein 1.7g 4% DV; carbohydrates 24g 8% DV; fat 3.6g 6% DV; cholesterol 30.9mg 10% DV; sodium 44.7mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2006
DELICIOUS!!! I followed the advice of the other reviews and added 1 extra tablespoon of butter to the crust mixture and only baked the crust for 15 minutes. I really love lemon so I added a HEAPING tablespoon of zest and 4 tablespoons of juice. MMmmmmmmmm perfect flavor. My 8 year old was so impressed that he said "these are better than Grandmas" but we won't tell her that ;) Thank you!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2005
I liked the crust and enjoyed the overall taste of the bars when they were still warm. At room temp, however, there wasn't enough of the lemon filling to taste very "lemony." They tasted like shortbread with a little lemon curd on them. I may try doubling the lemon filling in the future. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 115
  • 4 star values: 39
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2006
DELICIOUS!!! I followed the advice of the other reviews and added 1 extra tablespoon of butter to the crust mixture and only baked the crust for 15 minutes. I really love lemon so I added a HEAPING tablespoon of zest and 4 tablespoons of juice. MMmmmmmmmm perfect flavor. My 8 year old was so impressed that he said "these are better than Grandmas" but we won't tell her that ;) Thank you!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2005
This recipe was really good and better yet it was quick and easy. Instead of powdered sugar on the top for decoration I added a lemon icing(1/2 can sweetened condensed milk & 1/4 cup lemon juice) for extra lemony taste. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2006
Baked the crust for about 15 minutes prior to adding the lemon curd, it only baked for 20 minutes with the curd and it was really kind of overdone....I also cut the sugar in the filling down to 3/4 cup and added a tablespoon more of lemon juice, We will make these again, just the right amount of sweet and tart Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
This was very Yummie...Will be my only lemon bar recipe :) As per other suggestions I added 1 tbs of butter to the crust and I used 1/2 cup granulated sugar instead of 1/4 cup powdered sugar. I baked the crust for 15 min and baked it with the lemon curd a little shy of 20 minutes. Just when it started to get golden on top, I took it out. SOOOOOO Good you gotta try it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2008
These had a wonderful lemon taste not too tart not too sweet. We will mark this recipe as a "keeper". Thanks for a great recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/10/2005
I liked the crust and enjoyed the overall taste of the bars when they were still warm. At room temp, however, there wasn't enough of the lemon filling to taste very "lemony." They tasted like shortbread with a little lemon curd on them. I may try doubling the lemon filling in the future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2004
These were fantastic! Made to take on a ski trip and half were eaten on the drive up!!! I baked the crust for only 15 minutes and it turned out perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
Excellent recipe so easy! I used a little extra lemon juice - just used all the juice I got from the lemon used for the zest. They were gobbled up so fast I hardly got any myself! (next I want to try this recipe using a Lime!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
These are wonderful. Light lemony and easy to make. Will use this recipe over and over again. Thanks for sharing it! Read More
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