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melt in your mouth lemon bars

(212 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Ann McCue
Side Lake, MN

STOP!!! Don't pass this recipe by. Lemon lover or not, these bars SO melt in your mouth good, you'll want to eat the whole pan. I have had this recipe for years. Everyone loves them and I hope you will too! 3 sticks of butter in these bars. What else is there to say! enjoy

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Ann set high expectations for this lemon bars recipe ... and they turned out every bit as good as she said! The shortbread crust is buttery with a creamy lemon center. The velvety frosting melts in your mouth. Perfectly sweet and tart, these lemon bars are a perfect after-dinner or brunch treat.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(212 ratings)
yield 9 -12
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For melt in your mouth lemon bars

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 c
    butter, softened (no substituting)
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 4
    eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 2 c
  • 4 Tbsp
    all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp
    lemon juice (I use bottled)
  • 1/2 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    cold water

How To Make melt in your mouth lemon bars

  • Shortbread crust baking in the oven.
    Mix crust ingredients with a fork as you would for a pie crust. Pat into a 9x13 pan which has been greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Prepared filling in a mixing bowl.
    As crust is baking, mix filling.
  • Baked lemon bars cooling.
    After crust has baked for 15 minutes pour filling over crust and continue baking for 25 minutes. Cool bars completely.
  • Prepared frosting in a bowl.
    Make frosting by beating butter, powdered sugar, and milk for 6 to 8 minutes on high speed. Then add 2 tbsp cold water one at a time. Beat until smooth.
  • Frosting spread over cooled bars.
    Spread over cooled bars.