Monday, June 8, 2009

Lemon Bars and a Little Helper

Lemon Bars

Sweet squares of sugar and citrus. I love them … especially, when other people make them. Ha. What I mean is, when I think about baking something new, I usually lean towards recipes that include chocolate or either chocolate and sometimes chocolate. But every time I’ve ever eaten one of these yummy yellow squares, I think why haven’t I ever made these things. So I did… kinda.

They’re really easy and you don’t even have to get out your mixer. First, grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan. I used a glass one. Next, you’ll need to make a crust.

Crust Ingredients

For the crust, you’ll just need flour, butter and confectioner’s sugar. Easy enough.


Whisk together 1 3/4 cup flour and 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar. Add 1 cup cold butter.


Then cut in the butter until the mixture is incorporated and crumbly. I used the back of a fork to work the butter into the flour. When it gets crumbly, pour it into your greased and floured pan and press firmly into the bottom. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

While the crust is baking, you can prepare the lemon topping.

Filling Ingredients

Again, easy ingredients. Flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and lemon juice. Pretend that’s freshly squeezed juice from real lemons on the right. I didn’t have any on hand.

But before we go on, let me show you my little helper. She always asks to crack the eggs open if she’s around when I’m baking. And when she looks at me with those eyes, I’m sure you know the answer.

Little Helper

She’s great at it, too. So good, in fact, that I let her finish up the rest of the work.


Slightly beat the four eggs and set aside. Then, measure 1 1/2 cups sugar making sure it exactly meets the line on the measuring cup. She’s very precise.


Now you’ll need 1/2 cup lemon juice. Right now I wish I had those lemons, so she could experience squeezing the juice out of them. Oh well… moving on. In another large bowl, add the 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 4 slightly beaten eggs and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Look at those hands. Steady.

Little Helper

Stir all that together really good.

Lemon bars

And then pour it on top of the warm baked crust. Bake for another 20-25 minutes.

Remove and cool completely. Sprinkle with extra confectioner’s sugar and refrigerate.

Yum! And even better, I still don’t have to make them. She can do it for me while I make something chocolatey. Yippee!

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

1 cup butter
1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar (plus more for dusting)

1 1/2 cup plain sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan

To make crust:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and confectioner’s sugar
  • Cut in butter until combined and crumbly.
  • Press mixture into bottom of pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

To make topping:

  • While crust is baking, prepare topping.
  • In a larger bowl, add sugar, flour, and baking powder.
  • Then add slightly beaten eggs and lemon juice.
  • Mix well and pour on top of warm baked crust.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • When cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar and refrigerate.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy them cold!

Lemon Bars

Seanna Lea said...

Oooh, yummy! I'm still trying to decide what to make for dessert tonight (most important meal of the day), but I only have one tiny little lemon at home.

June 8, 2009 09:00 PM
Jenny Burgesse said...

My mouth is watering just LOOKING at those…

June 8, 2009 09:12 PM
James ~n~ Amber said...

I'm not a huge fan of chocolate. THESE are my favorite !!

BTW, the cupcake stand that you sent came in quite handy this past weekend at my niece's party. I made the cutting cake and my sister made the cupcakes. You can see her cake at my blog

June 8, 2009 09:13 PM
Liv said...

oh yum! Lemon bars are one of my favourites! I may have to make these at some point (maybe when we have guests over, so my parents don't grumble about something super fattening being made just for us to eat…or the fact that you use 4 eggs for this…anything that's too 'rich' egg-wise for them makes them grumble…basically because it'd be 'wasting' eggs! LOL oh well…they'll get over it, I'm sure! LOL)
Thanks for this :)

June 8, 2009 09:14 PM
ilovemesomecupcakes said...

looks tasty!!!!!!

June 8, 2009 09:15 PM
hhuertas said...

Those Lemon bars look amazing. I'm sure they are wonderful since your cupcake pops are already a hit with everyone I know. Have you ever made ladybug cupcake pops? Thought they would be a great spring/summer creation.

June 8, 2009 09:33 PM
Charmaine said...

Yummy, I have always loved these but never attempted to make them. I will now!

June 8, 2009 10:12 PM
3girlsmom said...

wow! we are making them right now! we actually have enough lemon juice in the house to do it! can't wait! thanks for the yummy recipe and idea for our dessert tonight!

June 8, 2009 10:30 PM
Sadia said...

I got the same recipe from not long ago. It's rapidly become my can't-go-wrong offering at potlucks, and I've never brought it anywhere without someone asking for the recipe. I picked up some limes just this morning to see how lime bars turn out. If those work out, grapefruit will be next.

June 8, 2009 10:30 PM
Abby said...

Wow, these look divine!! Your pictures are so artsy too! I will definitely be making these…but I will use real lemons, bwahahahaha….

June 8, 2009 11:33 PM
bakerchick103 said...

I have a whole bowl of lemons and now I know what to make with them!

June 9, 2009 12:15 AM
Angela said...

oh, that looks yummy!

June 9, 2009 12:19 AM
Cleopatra said...

For some reason I am not a citrus dessert person. My father, grandfather, grandmother, and fiance prefer it over any other kind of dessert…somehow I missed that gene. I love to bake for my family though so i'm sure they'll love these and good news for them…I won't be sneaking tastes before and after they're done! I also wanted to let you know that I atempted at making your cupcake pops today and they aren't as awesome as yours but I guess I just gotta keep on tryin'!

June 9, 2009 12:23 AM
Bakerella said...

Kate – wait and see

Yummy in my tummy – not all the time, but I do like it.

Dutch girl love2bake – you're so sweet. thank you

lindaaa – thanks for the heads up

morgana – hi!

puglyfeet – it's my job.

LeeAnn – you are quick!

Anonymous – they keep well in the refrigerator.

I BLEED PINK – I say go for it.

Samlita – me too

Sue Sparks – Awesome!

Haley – makes a difference for sure.

Cilla – it's powdered sugar

April – oooh yum

Pola – 1/2 pound or 227 grams

FragaFam – not yet

~ dee ~ – Estilo Script

James ~n~ Amber – YAY!

Liv – don't tell them

Abby – rubbing it in, huh :)

June 9, 2009 12:55 AM
Sarah said...

I love your little helper! Lemon bars are one of the first things I let my son make, too. They're perfect for little ones!

June 9, 2009 01:00 AM
Alison said...

Lemon bars, yum! One of my favorties, I have only made them once, can't wait to try your recipe.

June 9, 2009 01:05 AM
Dawn said...

I love lemon bars, and they are even more delicious with a chocolate crust! I found a recipe for those in the cookbook Chocolate on the Brain. So yummy! :)

June 9, 2009 01:15 AM
Southern Drawl said...

I'm with you on the chocolate!

June 9, 2009 01:27 AM
Aimée said...

You helper is precious! I always include my 3yo son in the baking fun– and he can roll a man meatball or two, also!

June 9, 2009 01:33 AM
120 said...

Why are your pics so good? My camera stinks… (sigh)

June 9, 2009 01:43 AM
ab5cgang said...

I love lemon bars. I have never made them from scratch. You have inspired me. ;)

June 9, 2009 02:26 AM
Andi said...

Those look so yummy! And such a cute little helper :) My little brother helps me bake too. I'm not sure what it is about kids and cracking eggs but they are so eager to do it!

June 9, 2009 03:30 AM
Janet said...

MMMMM, I LOVE lemon bars! So tangy and delicious! One of my co-workers brought a TON of lemons from her tree in today. I took home a bunch, so I think I am going to make these lemon bars this weekend. :)

June 9, 2009 04:39 AM
Kucikucijer said...

i just want to know..what eggs taht you are using? the shell is my country the chicken eggs shell color is brown.

June 9, 2009 04:40 AM
Tulin said...

They look they will melt in your mouth. What doesn't go well with lemon?

Thanks for sharing.

June 9, 2009 05:54 AM
Anonymous said...

I love "lemon bars". Isn't it wonderful having a little helper. I have 5 little helpers. I'm going to have to get to the store. I'm out of sugar.

June 9, 2009 06:45 AM
Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

those look great!

June 9, 2009 07:16 AM
Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Mmm.. I love lemon bars! Yours look great :D
Its awesome how you have such a willing helper!

June 9, 2009 11:45 AM
Lindsey said...

Your little helper is adorable!

June 9, 2009 12:46 PM
Ashley said...

I just have to say… It might be considered cruelty to us first time visitors to open up to a picture that makes my mouth watering go into hyper-drive!!! Those lemon bars are amazing looking! Your site seems wonderful. Can't wait to read more!!!!

June 9, 2009 01:07 PM
MsJess said...


I hate to be one of those people but you might want to encourage your little helper to pull her hair back when she cooks. I can't tell you how many times I've had a stray hair fall in my batter.

June 9, 2009 01:22 PM
Kristy aka Kuttin Kards said...

These look yummy! Can you tell me what program you use for your photo editing? Thanks!

June 9, 2009 01:31 PM
scrapfaerie said...

Oh those look yummy! I am so going to have to make those…and whaddaya know, I happen to have some lemon juice on hand!

June 9, 2009 02:23 PM
charlene said...

Absolutely divine – a must for lemon lovers.

June 9, 2009 02:44 PM
Robynn's Ravings said...


I'm makin' 'em and I'm bakin' 'em! Have lots of company lately and these would be perfect for this afternoon!


June 9, 2009 04:08 PM
made sweet said...

oooooh they look soooo good!

June 9, 2009 04:31 PM
Juli P said...

all I can say is YUM!

June 9, 2009 04:40 PM
jacqueline said...!!!!!!!
i love lemon bars-i am totally going to make those for a babyshower that i'm hosting :)

June 9, 2009 05:38 PM
Liz said...

One of my favorite desserts!

June 9, 2009 06:47 PM
Maybe said...

Looks delicious ! I love lemon so I think I'm gonna love these little things !

June 9, 2009 07:09 PM
dishinanddishes said...

You just reminded me that it's been an eternity since I made lemon bars! Why does lemon always look so good in the summer? Yum!

June 9, 2009 07:49 PM
Jena Simms said...

OH my dear B, what fun I had making them yesterday. I relutantly shared with my three sons, husband, and neighbor. Now I have none left. What to do, guess I will go make another batch. Thanks for the recipe….

June 9, 2009 07:56 PM
Yolanda said...

Today is the day when I have first tried these delicious lemon bars. I had never heard of them before. I don't really know if they are an invention of yours or whether they are well-known in your culinary culture.

I am impressed how easy and quick they are to make, so it has been the first but not the last time I make them. I promise.

They taste sooooo good! Thanks a lot for his wonderful recipe and for the big dosis of imagination you inspire.

June 9, 2009 08:46 PM
Melanie said...

Mmmm…lemon bars! I think I have everything I need to make these — won't hubby be surprised when he gets home from work?!? =) Thanks so much — I *love* your site!

June 9, 2009 10:07 PM
Jenny said...

i'm not a big fan of lemony desserts but i thought i'd give these a try since they looked so yummy and easy to make.
i made them and guess what? i like 'em! can't wait to share them with my husband when he gets home!

June 9, 2009 10:48 PM
julieann said...

Yummy & so easy!!

June 9, 2009 11:01 PM
Lisa S said...

It looks yummy! I also love the pictures, especially of your little helper. So cute!

June 9, 2009 11:02 PM
Laurie said...

Wow, great minds. I just made lemon bars for a party last week. My version is almost the same as yours, but I add a couple of tablespoons of freshly grated lemon zest to the crust mixture. It really ups the volume on the lemoniness. Num num!

June 9, 2009 11:04 PM
VenetiaJewelry said...

how delicious i love anything lemon flavored and i love your recipes!

June 9, 2009 11:46 PM
Dori said...

I love lemon bars… They are so tasty… What is it with kids and eggs?

June 9, 2009 11:47 PM
Nicole and Dave said...

This is so ironic- My dessert chore for this weekend's vacation is lemon bars, and I tested out some of your cupcake pops a few days ago. They were a hit! I think I will be making both for our outing :) Love your blog, keep it up!

June 10, 2009 12:07 AM
Baking Monster said...

these look soo good!

June 10, 2009 01:47 AM
Robynn's Ravings said...

WE DID IT!!!! I told you earlier we would and we did. Fed visiting family and can honestly say, HANDS DOWN, these are the BEST lemon bars any of us have ever had. THANK YOU, BAKERELLA!!

June 10, 2009 02:25 AM
Jenny said...

quick update: my husband loved them and said they were "excellent". thanks for opening up the lemony dessert world to me.

June 10, 2009 02:49 AM
Tami Casper said...

I just had to try these out last night. They were amazing! I have attempted lemon bars several times before – always a complete disaster. This time they were PERFECT! YAY….a lemon bar success…FINALLY! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

June 10, 2009 03:50 AM
Soares Family said...

My mom has made those lemon bars since I was little…and now my 4 yr old LOVES them too…they are such a great way to celebrate summer! OH! and you can replace the lemon juice for key lime juice for lime bars!!!

June 10, 2009 04:19 AM
Annie said...

All right… I LOVE lemon bars. I've always, always made them from a box mix. I guess I always just assumed there was more work involved. Anyway, I saw your new blog before I went to work yesterday, and I gasped with glee and immediately decided I was going to make them after I got home that night. I didn't even have to buy ANYthing to make them!! (OK, so I bought extra lemon juice 'cause I knew I'd want to make a second batch soon, but that's it!) They're sooo delicious, everyone loved them, and the pan is nearly gone. Never ever again will I make lemon bars from a box. They're cheaper, more delicious, and just as easy to make yourself!

June 10, 2009 04:27 AM
Vanessa Tuau said...

The thing I love most about your posts, Ms Bakerella is the photos of the American packaging – we don't have the skinny packets of butetr in Australia! And I love the boxes of sugar (we can only get it in a bag). Your sprinkle posts were heavenly, the clown packaging and the millions of varieties! Just love it:)) Vanessa xx

June 10, 2009 05:31 AM
Amanda said...

I just have to say, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Your pictures are absolutely amazing and I find myself drooling in front of the computer. You really inspired me to bake something today, and I just might have to do it… BTW, LOVED the Hello Kitty-pops!

Warm greetings from Sweden

June 10, 2009 11:00 AM
Hayley said...

Hi Bakerella!

I'm just writing to say I absolutely love your blogspot, I check it practically every day over here in the UK waiting for you to post a new recipe, the people at work love me for all my attempts at recreating them!!

Just one request (I know very cheeky!) but 4 women at work have announced that they are pregnant, all within a month of eachother! There’s something in the water so I've switched to Cola!! But I wanted to make some baby themed cupcakes, i.e. blue and pink ones. Nothing too fussy with figurines as I haven’t yet mastered those Bakerella talents!!! But just wanted to do something cute and quirky, please help!!

Thankyou very much


ps i did try to email this to you but it couldnt deliver!

June 10, 2009 11:07 AM
Dutch girl loves2bake said...

I've made lemon bars yesterday! Normally I don't like lemons, but now I do…you've inspired me again. Love youuuu…xxxx

June 10, 2009 12:54 PM
marywithgarden said...

Ahhh yes lemon bars…at the other end of the ones that I have eaten (which were gifts) was always an older woman who loved to bake. I too love chocolate (while I munch on semi-sweet chocolate chips while I type this) and like to try chocolate desserts, chocolate drinks, chocolate hot sauce, etc. But lately, vanilla (rich almost buttery melt in your mouth) has been grabbing my interests. I have a great easy recipe for Tres Leche Cupcakes if you would be so inclined….

June 10, 2009 02:43 PM
Heather said...

Sweet!!! and I mean that. My sister makes the best lemon bars – I usually don't make them either as DH is a chocoholic. Love the photos and your little helper. Cheers Heather

June 10, 2009 03:35 PM
Patti said...

our local newspaper (Syracuse, NY) featured "ice cream pops", quite similar to your Cupcake pops!! Balls of ice cream rolled in sprinkles, etc and on a lolipop stick – thought of you!

June 10, 2009 04:44 PM
justalittlepiece said...

Those were the sweetest series of baking pics!

Now I want to round up my nieces for a bake day!

June 10, 2009 05:28 PM
thedivadepot said...

im going to make them right NOW !

June 10, 2009 05:31 PM
A Touch of Whimsy Designs said...

Yum! I love lemon bars!! I make them from scratch too, they are very easy aren't they? The only thing I've found is that the confectioners sugar will get too moist (and lose their powdery texture) if I pre sugar them before putting into the fridge. So I wait until ready to serve and then sprinkle. Still delish!

June 10, 2009 05:41 PM
Anonymous said...

My lemon bars is in the oven right now! i cant wait to get them out and taste! :D yummy

June 10, 2009 07:08 PM
Sweet Potato Pi said...

I love lemon bars and I bet I'm going to love your's the best! Thanks for the recipe!

Can't wait 'til my little helper is a much of a help as your's is, too!

June 10, 2009 07:13 PM
Kiery said...

I totally made these last night. This recipe makes the best lemon bars I've ever had! Thanks!

June 10, 2009 08:08 PM
We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! We love lemon bars at We are not Martha :) And I'm definitely up for trying a new recipe.

Your little helper is adorable!! And how perfect you have someone to help you out in the kitchen :)


June 10, 2009 08:20 PM
Kate said...

Yum! I should learn not to come to this blog when I'm hungry. ;)

June 10, 2009 08:25 PM
Anonymous said...

Hola Bakerella…. I'm writing from Madrid, Spain. I'm Spanish and I LOVE cooking. I learned about you after seeing you with Martha Stewart about a week ago doing your cupcake-lollipops.I really love your blog, I think it's so beautiful, so practical, I love the recipes and the pictures, they're great. I just wanted to let you know that you've also reached Europe! I hope you contact me if you ever come to Spain. I would love meeting you. Lots of love from Spain and ¡¡¡OLÉ!!!

June 10, 2009 08:30 PM
SugarandSpice said...

Yum!! You have made some delicious and cute stuff. Just found your blog! Can't wait to see what you make next!

June 10, 2009 08:32 PM
Elise said...

Hi Bakerella,
These look so much like what my mom has made for years- and I love them!

I also wanted to thank you for the cake pop/ball inspiration. My husband thinks they're amazing and I've had people ask me if I make desserts for sale since I made bumblebee ones! :)
(You can see them here if you want!

I love your site- thanks for sharing all of your great ideas!

June 10, 2009 08:43 PM
Torie said...

I can't wait to make these tonight for my significant other and family. (:

June 11, 2009 12:06 AM
Pnkribbon said...

I have tried to make these 2 times and both they never turned out good. Maybe I will have to try yours out.

June 11, 2009 12:23 AM
ctgardengirl said...

I know exactly what you mean about when deciding on what to bake – chocolate, chocolate, or perhaps, chocolate! And I think the exact same thing when I make my lemon bars, which is not nearly often enough.
I'm going to try your recipe – it looks so good! (I use the recipe out of 'The Best of Country Cooking', by Reiman Publications, which is very nice too.)

June 11, 2009 12:35 AM
robeth said...

my mom makes these all the time evening in the winter…just a little taste of summer to get ya through. she also has a recipe for a "lemon freeze"…look out you are going to pee your pants it's so good.

June 11, 2009 01:09 AM
Amy said...

I made these tonight and they are delicious!

June 11, 2009 01:10 AM
Anonymous said...

I love lemon bars, but I always double the crust. They're better this way.

June 11, 2009 04:08 AM
Sam said...

Dang! Those were yummy!

My hips hate you right now!!!

June 11, 2009 05:25 AM
meghan said...

I SAW THESE LAST NIGHT AND THEY LOOK AMAAAAZING :)And your daughter is so cute! As soon as I saw this, i knew i just had to try it out, as you see, i've never tried making lemon bars :) So yes, this is my first time! I just made a batch downstairs right now, I'm just waiting for them to finish in the oven :) Will keep you updated once they've been cooled and cut!

June 11, 2009 05:44 AM
Jen said...

You are truly an evil person!!!

I just wanted to say how wonderfully easy these were, and just how incredibly tasty these are!

I needed an 'ultra quick dessert' to take to a friends house and thankfully I had all the ingredients in my pantry. I made these and took them over still slightly warm. Everyone LOVED these, and 1/2 of the pan disappeared instantly!

Thanks again!!

June 11, 2009 02:13 PM
tabithablogs said...

Ooh those look yummy! Are they pretty tart? I really like extra-tart lemon bars, so do you think I'd want to add more lemon juice? Would that make them too watery/gooey?

Thanks for sharing!

June 11, 2009 02:49 PM
Tina said...

I am SOOO making these today! YUM!

June 11, 2009 04:19 PM
Shalum said...

i love love love lemon bars!

June 11, 2009 04:34 PM
Exysay said...

I can't believe that I just found out about your blog. It is awesome!! I am telling you now I will really be a baking fool! Keep up the great work you are definitely filling a niche!

June 11, 2009 07:49 PM
BakedwithLove said...

Oh my these Lemon Bars look so incredibly good and most of all easy to make. I've bought some lemons today so I might try this recipe with my (6 year old) son this weekend ^^ Thanks for sharing!!

June 11, 2009 08:58 PM
Connie said...

I have these in the oven right now! They smell so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

June 12, 2009 02:54 AM
Julia said...

These look absolutely yummy!! I definitely want to try these!

June 12, 2009 11:52 AM
Holly said...

I have never made or eaten lemon bars. I made this recipe this evening and my husband, who has had many lemon bars, loved these. Thanks for the easy yummy recipe!!! =o)

June 12, 2009 08:51 PM
Hannah said...

OMG, I made these for my son's end of the year party and they were soooo good. The mom's couldn't stop raving about them.

June 12, 2009 10:35 PM
RachelV said...

I made these for my daughter for her birthday yesterday. They turned out wonderful, maybe not as pretty as yours. Great recipe, thanks!

June 13, 2009 01:46 AM
avantgarde said...

Those look so good!

The day you posted it was my b-day, lol!

June 13, 2009 02:50 AM
Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Lemon pastry rocks. So does your recipe. :)

June 13, 2009 03:47 AM
writing4612 said...

Mmmm…my Memaw makes these. They're so good!

June 13, 2009 04:27 AM
Chicago Mom said...

I made these yesterday (with my own little helper) and they are so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

June 13, 2009 02:22 PM
martha said...

I love lemon bars and these look perfect. The last time I made them I added macadamia nut to the crust and coconut to the filling. Yum.

June 13, 2009 03:54 PM
Sharee said...

I have a random question…what size of tip (and what brand) do you use to decorate your cupcakes? Thanks!

June 13, 2009 10:12 PM
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