Grandma’s Lemon Bars

For the next 11 weeks, I am excited to join a group, hosted by Meal Planning Magic, called 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats.   I missed last week due to somebody’s pesky 2 year old molars, hence 11 weeks 🙂   So every Thursday, I will be sharing a delicious Holiday-inspired treat.  I know what you’re thinking…Christmas? It’s only October!  It’s never too early to plan.  Time to dust off those holiday cookie platters!

For my first Christmas treat post, it is only fitting that I share a favorite recipe that my Grandma used to make for the Holidays ~ Lemon Bars.  There was always something extra special about her lemon bars.  They had a perfect balance of tangy and sweet, they had the lovely dusting of powdered sugar on top, and they literally melted in your mouth.  Of our favorites she made, my grandma’s lemon bars topped the list of many (and there definitely were many).  To me, no Holiday cookie platter is complete without lemon bars.  I never realized how easy they were to make, which is an added bonus!

Grandma’s Lemon Bars
Yields: 16 bars
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • powdered sugar, for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8" square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together butter, 1 cup flour and ¼ cup powdered sugar. Press into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.
  3. In a large bowl, mix sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and baking powder. Add eggs, juice and zest, folding gently until combined.
  4. Pour lemon mixture over baked crust.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool completely and then dust with powdered sugar.



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  1. These look delicious. I love lemon bars but still have yet to make them for myself.

  2. I love lemon bars! They are such a classic dessert and always welcome at our house!

  3. I’ve never made lemon bars from scratch, I just always buy the box at the store. These seem just as easy, so maybe I’ll try these instead of the box version next time.

  4. Got to love family recipes! These look delicious

  5. Classic lemon bars are the best with their sweet and tart flavor. This recipe looks delicious!

  6. I love lemon bars and these look perfect. Its great that you could join us this week.

  7. I simply adore lemon bars! I always like to see new recipes for this dessert ! Your looks so delicious! Great job!

  8. Don’t you love grandma handwriting?

  9. Lemon bars are one of my faves. So wonderful that you used your grandma’s recipe!!

  10. I can never tire of trying new lemon bars. They look wonderful! A real treat from your grandma.

  11. I can never tire of trying new lemon bars. They look wonderful! A real treat from your grandma.

  12. I’ve never made lemon bars but I bet your recipe would be a great first try.

  13. This is one of my favorites!

  14. I love lemon bars! The last recipe I tried had a strange taste to me, so I’ll give your Grandma’s a try!

  15. those look yummy, lemon bars is one thing I’ve yet to tempt to make

  16. Love lemon bars, A and these look fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us. 🙂

  17. yum! look amazing 🙂

  18. Mine are in the oven as I write this. I’m sure they will taste as good as they look.

  19. These lemon bars turned out great! The crust is my favorite part. 🙂

    Here is a blog post I wrote about this recipe: