Lemon Bars

I am feeling much better, and am back to cooking and baking. I am going to start to make an effort to stop buying ice cream or other prepared sweets, and start baking more. Here is my first effort.  For some reason, I always thought that lemon bars were very complicated, but I was certainly wrong. I had only tried them once before, by making them from a box mix.  Of course from a box mix, they were not very palatable, so I haven’t thought to try them in a long time. I never knew how easy lemon bars made from scratch could be. I got some big, beautiful lemons at Sam’s club, and wanted to make a dessert with them. I went to my trusty Better Homes and Gardens big red plaid cookbook and found this easy recipe. I changed the recipe just by adding more lemon zest. These lemon bars are completely irresistible, that is if you like citrus desserts. They were nice and tart without being too sweet. The crust was very easy to make, and turned out to be perfectly crumbly with just the right amount of sweetness. I highly recommend this easy recipe.

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Lemon Bars

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2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons shredded lemon peel
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup half and half or cream
powdered sugar for garnish


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. cut the butter in cubes. Add the flour, powdered sugar, corn starch , and salt to a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the diced butter and pulse until the mixture becomes grainy. Press the mixture into the baking pan. Bake until lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes.

While crust is baking, combine eggs, sugar, flour, lemon peel, lemon juice, and cream or half and half. Combine well. Pour mixture over hot crust and bake for another 15 - 20 minutes, or until center is set. Let cool completely before serving.

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  18 Responses to “Lemon Bars”

  1. Frosted Angel — March 28, 2010 @ 3:16 am

    I love this. I’ve been making it for a long time with only a few differences.

  2. Tickled Red — March 27, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

    I am glad to see that you are feeling better 🙂 These look so very scrumptious. Don’t you just love lemons? I played with some today as well. Spring is in the air.
    .-= Tickled Red´s last blog ..Little Bites of Goodness: Part One of Four =-.

  3. These just look SO refreshing and light. I bet they would go perfect with any warm weather day!
    .-= Nicole (Making Good Choices)´s last blog ..Health First, NOW. =-.

  4. Memoria — March 28, 2010 @ 2:16 am

    Your lemon bars are beautifully presented! The plate looks so nice under them. You’re right. Lemon bars are pretty to use and require few special ingredients. What a beautiful blog you have here!
    .-= Memoria´s last blog ..Cherry Limeade =-.

  5. Divina — March 28, 2010 @ 6:20 am

    These lemon bars are irresistible. The photos are great too.

  6. Cookin' Canuck — March 28, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    Simple and beautiful! I love the tartness and freshness of lemon bars – they always make me feel as though spring has arrived.

  7. Valen — March 28, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    I see lemon bars and I can’t help, but think sunshine, and warm weather. These look tasty!
    .-= Valen´s last blog ..Quiche =-.

  8. Joanne — March 29, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    I’m all about making my own desserts rather than buying them. It’s cheaper and much more fun – and I’m not limited to whatever is being sold at my craptacular local supermarket.

    These lemon bars look delicious! Lemon treats are some of my favorite desserts.

  9. MaryMoh — March 29, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    Looks very lemony and delicious. I love lemon slice. Looks simple and easy to make. I would love to try this. Thanks very much for sharing.
    .-= MaryMoh´s last blog ..Cajun Prawns And Crab Sticks Stir Fry =-.

  10. lululu — March 29, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Glad to have you back!
    This lemon bar looks very refreshing and simple to make!
    .-= lululu´s last blog ..Lasagna Bolognese =-.

  11. Heather — March 29, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    I’m so glad your feeling better. My husband had the same thing a couple weeks ago and it took him almost a week to get over it too.
    I love the new look by the way! Also, these lemon bars look wonderful. Lemon always makes me think of spring, light and fresh. Love these!
    .-= Heather´s last blog ..Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars =-.

  12. Erica — March 30, 2010 @ 1:33 am

    Those bars look beautiful! I love your pictures. I would love to be a good baker.

  13. Charm — March 30, 2010 @ 2:07 am

    It really looks delicious! This is best for dessert. I’ll give my family a surprise on making them for dinner. A new recipe that they would surely love. Thanks for this lemon bars!
    .-= Charm | Hands Free Pumping Bra´s last blog ..Welcome to Simple Wishes! =-.

  14. theUngourmet — March 30, 2010 @ 3:41 am

    Gorgeous photo! I love lemon bars! Yummy! Looks like such a nice recipe. 🙂
    .-= theUngourmet´s last blog ..Ten lucky winners! =-.

  15. Kay — June 27, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    I have been away from blogging since my husband has been ill. Catching up on Foodblogs post and saw these wonderful lemon bars….they look like I could pick one off the plate and eat it. Blessings, K

  16. Alta — September 17, 2010 @ 10:26 am

    Lemon bars are amone my favorite desserts! These are so pretty.

  17. Katie — August 30, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

    There’s something about homemade delicacies that you don’t find even in the best of eateries. And I second your thought on using homemade mix and making everything from scratch rather than using premix or frozen ingredients. Lemon bars and a tricky dessert to try at home but since you say that you found it really simple; I shall try my hand at the recipe once…wish me luck!

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