Tart Lemon Bars

Brandi Kirkpatrick Recipe

By Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25

30 Min
35 Min

I LOVE tart lemon bars and a lot of recipes I've run into are rather....tamed down for my taste. I followed a generic lemon bar recipe and tweaked it up a notch or two in the lemon department.


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter, softened
5 eggs
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup of lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon extract

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Mix 2 cups of flour and confectioner's sugar together. Cut in the butter or margarine. Mix well until the dough resembles pie dough consistency. Press the dough into a 9x13 inch baking pan.
Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Beat together eggs, sugar, 4 tablespoons flour, lemon juice and lemon rind for at least 1 minute. Pour the mixture over the baked crust.
Bake the bars another 20 minutes, or until the lemon topping has set. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar when cooled.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies, Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American

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evangeline watkins 2vangie67
Sep 20, 2014
Thanks Brandi - I'll just make two separate pans. Since these will be for a tea I would not want them to overpower their taste buds. I know I'm gonna love them!
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Sep 19, 2014
I've never doubled the recipe before. I always worry that the curd mixture won't firm up correctly when I do it. I would just make 2 separate pans, which if cut right would equal 4 dozen, smaller bars. They are powerful and many can't handle a large square.
evangeline watkins 2vangie67
Sep 19, 2014
I want to make these lemon bars for a Grandmother's Tea being held on Sunday. I need more than 24 servings - I need 4 dozen! Can I just double the recipe and be safe??
Lane Ross wanttocookagain
Jun 17, 2013
Thanks Brandi, I will try this.
I apologize for taking so long to reply... in a life crisis at the moment, but want you to know I appreciate you taking the time to help me find the "right" lemon recipe!
Thanks again!
Brandi Kirkpatrick IdGirl25
Jun 10, 2013
Have you tried this recipe yet?
Crisp Lemon Cookies Recipe
It's more like a shortbread, and I would not do the white chocolate drizzle. Use lemon extract instead of vanilla (increase it by 1/2 teaspoon at least), use more lemon zest then directed.