Mom’s Lemon Bars

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Four final exams down, 2 to go. I had a 3 hour final today on pharmacokinetics, and after sitting in that seat for the whole 3 hours doing so many math problems to the point of almost passing out, I came home and collapsed on the couch. Ten minutes later, what did I do…Take a nap? Go get a pedicure? RELAX? NO! I thought about how delicious it would be to enjoy some zesty lemon bars. And so, here you go… :)
Even though I love all things chocolate, sometimes its nice to have a dessert in the house that isn’t made with chocolate! This lemon bar recipe is adapted from my Mom’s (thanks, Mom!), and it has always been one of my favorites. Perfect flaky crust, a gooey middle, and lots of lemon flavor! I always wanted to try variations of the crust with brown sugar or confectioners’ sugar (my mom makes hers with all confectioners’ sugar), but I haven’t yet. If you try it, let me know how they turn out. Tip: Refrigerate and serve cold.

Mom's Lemon Bars
Prep time
Cook time
Type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp Confectioners' sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • pinch of baking powder
  • Confectioners' sugar for garnish
Makes 12 bars
    1. Preheat oven to 350 ºF.
    2. Add flour, sugar, butter and salt to a food processor and pulse-blend until crumbly.
    3. Press dough into an ungreased 8x8 glass dish.
    4. Bake for 15 minutes, then take out and set aside.
    5. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, lemon zest and juice together in a large bowl until well mixed. I use 2 lemons to get enough zest and juice.
    6. Pour filling over pre-baked crust and place back into oven for 25-30 minutes.
    7. Cool to room temperature.
    8. Dust with confectioners' sugar and cut into squares or triangles.
    Nutrition Information
    Calories: 181 Fat: 8g Saturated fat: 5g Sugar: 16.5g


    2 thoughts on “Mom’s Lemon Bars

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    2. I’m a huge fan of anything lemon so these lemon bars are really calling my name. I’ll give them a try next Sunday to take to my Mom’s for Sunday Tea :)
      I came across your blog and I’m enjoying checking out your recipes !

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