Best Lemon Bars Ever

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I've made these so many times, I could do them without the recipe and with my eyes closed. Everytime we would go to a picnic or a church dinner, these or my brownies would be I complied. It would actually upset me, cuz I can and do make so many other things, some spectacular things, and they would request 'Lemon Bars'...OK, I'll give them lemon I'll give them the BEST LEMON BARS EVER!


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18-20 pieces 2" X 3"
20 Min
1 Hr


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2 c
flour, all purpose
1/2 c
powdered sugar
1 c
butter, salted, melted
1 tsp
lemon zest, fresh


4 large
2 c
sugar, granulated
4 Tbsp
lemon juice, fresh or bottle
2-3 tsp
lemon zest, fresh
1 tsp
baking powder
4 tsp


powdered sugar

How to Make Best Lemon Bars Ever


  • 1*This is what chefs call an "ABC" crust.
    Sift together, into a good size bowl, the powdered sugar and the flour. Add the zest and stir it in with a wire whisk to mix it well.
  • 2Make a well, and stir in the melted butter. Mix until dough forms. I usually use a spoon to stir in the butter, and making it into the dough.
  • 3Press dough into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
    Place in a pre-heated 350F degree oven and bake until light brown, about 15-20 minutes. When light brown, remove from oven and set aside, for 10 minutes only.
  • 4While crust is baking, prepare Filling.
  • 5Into the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, (Hand held mixer works just fine as well, just have all ingredients out, measured into seperate bowls), beat 4 Lg eggs, very well, about 3-4 minutes, so when you turn off mixer, eggs have no seperation. With mixer on low add 2 cups Sugar and cream well, raise speed and beat about 2-3 minutes. Scrape sides and bottom and beat an additional 1 minute.
  • 6In a small bowl, mix together flour and baking powder, set aside.
  • 7With mixer on low, add Lemon juice, (Fresh is best but bottled is fine if that's what avail.) and lemon zest, mix well, add flour mixture** and mix well. Scrape sides and bottom with a rubber scraper, mix for 1 minute more.
  • 8Pour filling mixture on still hot, baked crust. Return pan to oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • 9Remove from oven and dust top with powdered sugar.
    Cool completely before cutting and or Eating. Sugar stays hot for awhile.
  • 10Notes: **When adding the baking powder/flour mixture, the baking powder will react with the lemon juice and foam just a bit. That will stop as its mixed in.

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About Best Lemon Bars Ever

Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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