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

Allyson said...

these are the best thing you could ever eat and something that a whole family can do together i love this website because I can enjoy looking at delicous desserts.

January 20, 2012 10:43 PM
302 said...

Your site is such an inspiration!

January 28, 2012 10:29 PM
303 said...

This is my sister in law, Lolo’s favorite dessert! I’m going to make this and gift to her!


January 28, 2012 10:30 PM
Heather said...

just wanted to let you know that we were in the mood for some lemon squares while watching the nancy drew movie (her cook makes HUGE ones, so we were drooling.) and we googled recipes and found this one. this was probably close to the time you had posted it. anyhoo, we have used this recipe since and it is our favorite. we used it for my daughter’s lemonade party, we give a GIANT one to each of my three girls’teachers on the last day of school (we double the recipe so they are nice and tall as well!), and i just made a batch to auction off at my daughter’s church camp fundraiser today! (if they make it there!) thanks for all the yummy recipes, especially this one! :)

February 4, 2012 09:16 AM
sophie said...

yay lemon bars!!!

February 5, 2012 01:25 PM
Haley said...

Making these with friends! I am so exited to see how they turn out!!

May 5, 2012 02:17 PM
Karen said...

made these on Saturday fabulous hiding the few that are left in the vegetable drawer of the frige the kids never open that :)

May 7, 2012 08:40 PM
bri said...

I love love ,LOVE lemon bars i made them as soon as i could,AMAZING….thank you!

June 2, 2012 12:15 AM
Anonymous said...

Can we use oranges instead?

June 21, 2012 02:24 PM
Lorena said...

Hey I just wanted to know if we don’t have lemons can we use some other citrus fruit?

June 23, 2012 02:38 PM
Nelly said...

I’m going to make these in a mini muffin tin:)

June 30, 2012 09:43 AM
Dina said...

After eyeing this recipe for ages I finally worked up the courage and the ingredients to finally make it and it turned out PERFECT! Just like the pictures! And as I’m still learning how to cook, it was just so nice to get something right! Thank you Bakerella for all your wonderful recipes and for my potential weight gain. It’s well worth it!

July 5, 2012 07:15 PM
Janna@littlemagnoliakitchen said...

My daughter loves lemon bars so I am going to try this recipe! Love your blog!

July 12, 2012 10:10 PM
Christa said...

After trying about four different lemon bar recipes, I have decided that this one is the BEST! I’m not always fond of cutting cold butter into dough simply because it takes forever (I use my hands!), but it is so worth the time for these lemon bars. I probably make them three times a month- no joke. My husband loves loves LOVES them, and my friends and family appreciate it when I bring a pan over for dinners! Thank you!

August 16, 2012 12:21 PM
Katty Watty said...

Hi, these look so amazing!!!!!!!! Just wondering, but can I substitute the powdered sugar in the crust for GRANULATED? How will granulated affect the crust? I DONT HAVE POWDERED SUGAR AT HOME :(

Thanks ahead of time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 7, 2012 10:48 PM
Kim said...

Making them now they look so yummy!!

November 8, 2012 02:12 PM
Leeann said...

Wonderful! Everyone loved them <3

December 23, 2012 11:01 PM
Leeann said...

Wonderful! Everyone loved them :)

December 23, 2012 11:02 PM
Mary said...

My lemon omelette is in the oven as we speak. I think I screwed the conversions from cups to grams… Yours look divine nonetheless, which is why I gave them a try – me being completely clueless in the kitchen.

January 26, 2013 02:01 PM
Pamela said...

I just made this recipe and I love this, delicious, from Santiago Chile…Lejos …..very far

February 11, 2013 04:20 PM
Anonymous said...

Your niece’s hair isn’t tied up. Don’t want to eat any of her lemon bars anytime soon.

July 2, 2013 01:22 AM
Irene T said...

Just made this recipe last week for a bakesale. Didn’t have real butter so I made it with margarine but the crust still came out wonderful. They were a big hit!!

November 15, 2013 09:00 PM
katie said...

I loved this recipe it is amazingly good and so easy to make! thanks for the recipe!

March 9, 2014 03:21 PM
Kylie said...

I help my mom make them too????

July 4, 2015 09:28 AM
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