Friday, December 12

Lemon Bars

I usually bake cookies to give out as gifts during the Holidays.  Some years I have made as many as 50 to 60 dozen cookies!
Each year I get the most requests for this cookie recipe.  And I have to say it is one of my favorite cookies too.

Many Lemon Bar or Lemon Cookie recipes call for lemon zest or grated lemon rind added to the cookie.  I have found that the zest or rind added makes the cookie slightly tarter.  Without it, the cookie is a perfect delicate lemon flavor with a delicious crust.

These cookies are best kept in the refrigerator but after tasting them they may not last long enough to worry about it.  If giving as gifts, I suggest you wrap each individual cookie bar in Sarah Wrap so they store better, do not stick together and do not absorb the odor or flavors from other cookies.

To make these cookies Gluten Free use GF flour.

Wrap bars for storage
Lemon Bars


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ¾ cup  butter, soften not melted
Lemon Filling
  • 4  eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½  cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Additional confectioner sugar for topping
  • (½ teaspoon grated lemon rind, optional, I think they taste better without)

Making the Bars:

Combine 1 ½ cups of flour and ½ cup confectioner’s sugar.

Mix flour and confectioner sugar

Cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. 

Cut in butter

Press mixture firmly and evenly into a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch pan using your fingertips.

Press into baking dish

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until crust is lightly
Browned around the edges.
While baking, combine eggs, sugar, baking powder, lemon juice
and 3 tablespoons flour.  Add lemon rind, if desired.  Mix well.

Mix remaining ingredients

Pour over baked crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or
until lightly browned and set.

Dust top with confectioner sugar

Cool completely. Dust top with confectioner sugar and cut into bars.
Yield: About 2 dozen


I hope your Holidays are full of love, peace, warmth and delicious treats!


Anonymous said...

Hi there! This post couldn't be written any better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about his mom's lemon bars. I most certainly will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he'll have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

Thanks! It's surprising that this is one of my most requested cookie recipes since all you ever hear about is chocolate anything. These cookies one of our favorites too!

Anonymous said...

This recipe WORKED! YAY, another successful trial run for gift basket goodies! Thanks for sharing! Sherry

Elizabeth Ohiothoughts said...

These are one of my fav cookies, glad the recipe worked out great for you!

Anonymous said...

Ship me a dozen times ten...... Kathryn Seymour-Wright