Years ago, I was known among all of my friends for these lemon bars. Anytime there was a get-together coming up, people would ask if I could bring “my” lemon bars. I always left a few at home because I knew there would never be any left over to bring home after our get-together.
The funny thing about these lemon bars is the story behind WHY I started making them for parties and events with lots of people. Want to know my secret? I was solely motivated to start making these lemon bars by the fact that they were so cheap to make and included simple ingredients that I always had in my kitchen. Well, that and the fact that they were delicious. They were my no-brainer go-to party food.
I suppose they still are my go-to party dessert…we just don’t go to as many parties and get-togethers anymore.
When I made these for a recent celebration, it dawned on me that I had never shared the recipe on my blog, so I snapped some quick pictures before we headed out. Like always, there were none left over after we got home. They are a SURE crowd-pleaser!
Classic Lemon Bars
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter, softened (not melted)
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 3-4 teaspoons grated lemon peel, optional
- Powdered sugar for sprinkling on top
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Mix flour, butter, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl - mixture will be crumbly. Press into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish (I prefer glass), building up the edges slightly. Bake crust for 20 minutes at 350°. Remove from oven and set aside.
- When crust has about 5 minutes left, add remaining ingredients (except the powdered sugar for sprinkling) to a separate medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high for about 3 minutes, or until light and frothy. Pour over hot crust.
- Bake 30 minutes, or until middle is set; lemon bars will be light brown on top and should not look liquidy in the middle.
- Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares and then sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Now let’s see what you’ve been cooking!
I’m teaming up once again with From Val’s Kitchen and This Mama Loves for our weekly recipe linky. Since mine is a year-end favorite recipe round up, I would LOVE to see your favorite dishes from the past year.
Please post the direct link to your recipe (not your blog URL) and the name of your recipe below. Then be sure to visit again next Monday for a new recipe and another chance to link up!
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