Classic Lemon Bars

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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.

classic lemon bars

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.

classic lemon bars

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

classic lemon bars

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Classic Lemon Bars
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  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake 30 minutes, or until middle is set; lemon bars will be light brown on top and should not look liquidy in the middle.
  5. Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares and then sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar.


classic lemon bars


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Lolli has written 3067 posts on this blog.

I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between. You can also find me writing at Home Made Simple, Famous Footwear blog and P&G Everyday. *Add my posts to BlogLovin' or Feedly today!*

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  1. Sandra VanHoey says:

    Thanks for this delicious looking recipe. I just printed to try this one soon.


  2. I am crossing my fingers that I have all of the ingredients to make these! I have printed the recipe and would love to have these out of the oven by the time my husband comes home! Thanks!


  3. Mary Happymommy says:

    I love the fact that they’re inexpensive to make!


  4. They look and sound yummy, and surprisingly moist! I’d like to try those!
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