Lemon Bars

A few days ago, sickness struck the house (and continues to strike), so naturally our refrigerator had acquired an abundance of lemons. When I realized how magnificent they looked when I cut into one, I knew I had to make something with them (besides sickness remedies). I just love how vibrant they are–reminds me of spring/summertime!

The choice came down to lemon curd and lemon bars. I figured lemon curd had been floating around enough in the blogosphere and decided to make lemon bars!

We had some company the day I made these, and one of the young girls declared this “the best cake she ever had”, wanted to take some home with her, and asked for the recipe…my day was totally made, bless her heart.

Honestly, though, I think only a lemon-lover can truly appreciate this bar… It’s perfectly tart with a great crust, and the powdered sugar on top makes it just a tad sweeter for balance.

Also, it’s really easy with really few ingredients! First you make and bake the crust:

Then mix all the other ingredients together and pour on top of crust:

Bake, and voila!

So if you’re not much of a lemon person, this recipe may not be for you. But if you’re a lemon-lover/ know a lemon-lover, make this recipe. :)

Lemon Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cups of lemon juice (I used 2/3)
  • Lemon zest of 2 lemons (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice (and zest). Pour over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. You can put in refrigerator for an hour or so. Sprinkle sifted powdered sugar on top for decoration.
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16 Responses to Lemon Bars

  1. I adore the lemon bars! Yours look really great.
    Get well!
    Angie

  2. Oh, these look good! I love citrus desserts!

  3. Victoria says:

    I love lemon bars, definitely fit for a citrus lover! I’m glad your guest thought it was the “best cake” she’s ever had, haha! Kids are so cute :)

  4. kayo says:

    These were the BEST – I should know I tried them. ;)

  5. I AM a lemon lover and am married to a lemon lover so I must make these. Yours look divine! I hope you are doing well…have a great rest of the week. :)

  6. Cathy says:

    Pretty & Yummy! :)

  7. I just love how bright your lemon bars are!

  8. Joanne says:

    I made lemon bars this week also! Great minds think and cook alike! These look wonderful!

  9. oneordinaryday says:

    Ugh, we’ve been fighting some nasty germs here too. Maybe I need some lemons! Bet these bars do taste like summer. :)

  10. Can you believe I’ve never had a lemon bar??? And they look so delicious! I need to make some and dream of summer.
    *kisses* HH

  11. aipi says:

    Lemon bars look magnificent! What great texture..

  12. Hope everyone is feeling better by now…I love lemon bars and these look wonderful :)

  13. Bee says:

    Those lemon bars look really yummie! Btw, what kind of sickness remedy do you make with fresh lemons? Bee

    • Hi Bee! When we’re sick we always have to have lemon juice + honey + warm water. It’s kind of like a hot lemonade (although not quite as tasty) and it really helps. I don’t have the precise quantities but usually it’s about two large lemons, maybe two (possibly less, possibly more) tablespoons of honey, and the rest of the cup hot water. Also when we’re sick we usually add lemon to almost everything we eat, especially soups.
      Hope that helped :)

  14. Bee says:

    Thanks – I’ll try out your lemon drink next time the kids come down with a cold. Judging from the amount of honey it contains they ought to like it… Greetings from Vienna!

  15. nada elsherbeny says:

    ya Nourhan! this one is AMAZING msA! =))
    u rock! <3 ;)

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