Grandma’s classic lemon bars recipe makes the perfect dessert or tea time treat. Made with simple ingredients, it has a buttery crust and a sweet, tangy lemon curd filling. You’ll have trouble eating only one!
How to Make Lemon Bars from Scratch in an 8 inch square pan
Ingredients for this Lemon Bars Recipe:
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Step One: Prepare the crust.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the flour and powdered sugar. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until it resembles course oatmeal.
Press into an 8 x 8 inch pan that has been lined with parchment paper and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Step Two: Prepare the lemon curd filling.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon juice.
Pour the filling over the hot-from-the-oven crust and bake 20-25 minutes longer. The filling is cooked when the center is set.
Step Three: Let cool completely before cutting.
Place lemon bars pan on a cooling rack and cool completely.
Remove them from by the pan by lifting the parchment paper. Sprinkle with powdered sugar for a pretty finishing touch
Cut into 16 squares.
How to store lemon bars.
Since lemon bars have a custard filling, it is recommended to store them covered in the refrigerator if they aren’t going to be eaten within a few hours.
I like to even store them in the freezer if I want to make them ahead for a future event.
How lemon bars became a family favorite recipe.
Although lemon recipes are typically thought of as Spring or Summer recipes, the first time I remember eating them was at Grandma’s house at Christmas time!
I was a freshman in college and she enjoyed baking special treats for me and my college friends. This recipe was a memorable one that has been a favorite ever since. Now, I find it is a great recipe to take to potlucks, bridal or baby showers, or family picnics.
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