How to Make Lemon Bars is the perfect recipe everyone loves and is easy to prepare. These lemon desserts are made with just a few ingredients and are wonderful for picnics, bake sales, and potlucks.
I grew up on this recipe for How to Make Lemon Bars. My mom found it in a church cookbook filled with members’ favorite recipes. She had tried several other lemon bar recipes from other sources before finding the one she liked the best.
Complicated recipes aren’t my style – and I’m guessing not yours, either. This traditional lemon bar recipe is one of the easiest desserts. It will surely be one of your most requested recipes from family and friends.
The powdered sugar in the crust is what makes these bars so special. You also don’t want a bar with a thick crust. These are the perfect way to make them.
Serve traditional lemon bars with coffee for the perfect combination.
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Fun Facts About Lemons:
I like to add a bit of trivia to my recipes because it adds a little fun to dinner table conversations. I’ve gone throughout my life not knowing if lemons are native to America. Now I know.
- According to contemporaryfoodlab.com, lemons were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
- Lemons are grown primarily in California and Arizona. (My guess would have been Florida – but they weren’t even close to the number of acres the other two states have dedicated to lemons.) They produce 95% of the lemons consumed in the United States.
- On average, the US consumes three pounds of lemons per person.
- The top two countries we export our lemons to are Japan and Canada.
- Each lemon holds, on average, three tablespoons of juice.
- Lemon trees can produce lemons all year round.
- You can get 500-600 pounds of lemons from a single tree every year.
- Miners in the gold rush of 1849 paid a premium price for lemons because they helped prevent scurvy. This demand makes California one of the top producing states.
Best Way to Store Lemons
You can leave your lemons on your counter or in a bowl on your dining room table.
If you want to keep them fresher longer, store them in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Properly stored, lemons will last from 3 to 4 weeks.
How to Make the Best Lemon Bars
1 1/2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus 3 tablespoons
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Juice of two lemons
Directions for Making Lemon Bars
Mix butter, powdered sugar, and 1 1/2 cups of flour in a large bowl with a hand mixer until it resembles pie dough. Pat shortbread crust mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan.
Bake crust for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Mix the white sugar, eggs, and fresh lemon juice in a medium bowl. Pour lemon mixture over baked buttery shortbread crust. Bake 20 minutes more until bubbly.
Sift additional confectioners’ sugar over the top of the lemon bars. Give a generous dusting. Cool on a wire rack or parchment paper.
Cut the cooled bars into squares with a sharp knife for clean slices.
Printable Recipe Card for Classic Lemon Bars
How to Make Lemon Bars is the perfect recipe that everyone loves and is easy to make. Made with just a few ingredients, these bars are a wonderful dessert for picnics, potlucks, and dinner.
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour, plus 3 tablespoons
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- Juice of two lemons
- Mix together butter, powdered sugar, and 1 1/2 cups of flour until it resembles pie dough.
- Pat dough into a 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Mix remaining ingredients and pour over the baked crust. Bake 20 minutes more until bubbly.
- Sift additional powdered sugar over the top of lemon bars. Cool.
- Cut lemon bars into squares.
Amount Per Serving Calories 299Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 77mgSodium 122mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 1gSugar 31gProtein 3g
Tips for making Homemade Lemon Bars
- You can substitute Meyer lemons for regular lemons in this recipe.
- This is the handy gadget I use to squeeze lemon or lime juice. I found it on Amazon here.
- For more lemon flavor, add lemon zest.
- You can substitute almond flour for all purpose flour.
How should you store lemon bars?
You can store your lemon bars in an airtight container if you eat them within a day or two. Lemon bars will stay fresh up until one week in the refrigerator when properly stored.
Can you freeze lemon bars?
You can freeze lemon bars for up until 3-4 months when stored correctly in a covered container.
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