Grandma Zemke's Lemon Bar Cookies

Sandie Vandenhouten


This comes from a special friend who was our neighbor, when we lived in FL, with the first four of our six children; Grandma Zemke, widowed, had no grandchildren so, "adopted" ours. She was the chief cook of an exclusive camp, every summer in the Bahamas for a wealthy family. She helped me to revise the recipe to make in a 9 x 13 baking dish instead of 8". It is delicate and not overwhelmingly sweet. I celebrate my memory of Grandma Zemke.


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18 - 24 squares
25 Min
20 Min



  • `1 c
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour (can use gluten free flour with 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar

  • 4
    eggs, beaten
  • 2 c
  • 6 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 c

How to Make Grandma Zemke's Lemon Bar Cookies


  1. Combine crust ingredients;
    Press into 9 x 13 x 2" baking pan
    Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  2. While crust is baking, mix filling ingredients;
    Pour mixture over crust and bake 20 minutes more or until light golden brown.
  3. Sprinkle with powdered sugar;
    Cut into squares or bars.

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