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Lemon Bars

These lemon bars were inspired by a small, typed, cookie booklet that I found while going through old family recipes. The 12-page booklet is dated 1987 and features classic cookie and bar recipes, like lemon bars.

I tested this recipe a few times and made a few adjustments to the ingredients. I added more lemon zest and fresh lemon juice in order to give the bars a little more zip and tang. Enjoy!



1 cup margarine, room temperature

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups flour


4 eggs, slightly beaten

1 1/2 cups sugar

5 Tbsp. freshly squeeze lemon juice

Zest of two lemons

4 Tbsp. flour


For the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Blend the margarine, powdered sugar, salt, and flour together until it forms a dough.

  • Press the dough into the bottom of a 9x13 glass dish.

  • Bake for 20 minutes - but keep an eye on it so that the crust does not brown!

For the filling:

  • Combine the slightly beaten eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour into one bowl. Mix well.

  • Pour the mixture over the baked crust.

  • Return the bars to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or longer until the filling looks firm in the middle.

  • Dust with powdered sugar.

  • Cut the bars when cooled.

  • Serve and enjoy!

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