Sunday, January 29, 2012

Zesty Lemon Bars

I love desserts with fruit in it. Maybe because somewhere in my mind I justify that this is healthier than say, a chocolate chip cookie.   

Lemon bars are delicious, but can be a bit tricky because every person has their own preference (extra zesty, extra tart, super sweet, etc.)  This recipe is really user friendly and you can adapt this recipe to your liking.

If you don't like it too lemony - don't use the zest and just use 3/4 cup of the juice.  Amp this up if you do like the strong lemon flavor.

Either way, I have been LOVIN lemon lately (hehe say that five times fast!)  

I also love the crust on this particular recipe because it tastes like shortbread cookies... yumm!

You'll need:
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
3/4 cup of softened butter (not melted!)
dash of salt
2 cups of flour

4 eggs
1 1/4 cups of white sugar
1/4 cup flour (optional)
1 tablespoons lemon zest (basically the zest from all the lemons you use)
3/4 cup to 1 cup of fresh lemon juice (I used 5 lemons)
More powdered sugar for dusting 

1. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl for the crust and press into a pan.  You can use a 9x13 for thin bars, or a casserole dish or 9x9 for thicker bars. 
2. Bake the crust for 15-18 minutes at 315 degrees (we don't want it to be brown or crunchy)
3. While this is baking, start making your filling. 

4. Mix in all your ingredients (be sure to make sure no seeds go into this!)
5. Pour over the baked crust (it will be very runny) and put this in the oven at 350 degrees  - Make sure you've increased the time!

 6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (20 if you use the larger size pan, 25+ for a smaller pan and thicker bars)
7. Wait until the bars are completely cool, then sprinkle powdered sugar on top.  If you sprinkle powder sugar before it's cool the bars will absorb the sugar! 
8. Store covered
9. Enjoy!

-Domesticated Duchess 


  1. Hi Marina, I'm having a great time browsing your blog. I can't wait to try this recipe; Shortbread cookie and Lemons what more could you want!

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  2. Oh wow!!! Thanks Michelle!! I'll be posting back tomorrow!

  3. lemon bars are one of my absolute favorites!! and i found a recipe for pink lemonade bars, you just put raspberries in the lemon filling part, they sound amazing

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog to leave a comment! I love lemon bars but the one time I tried to make them was an epic fail - they didn't set up. I need to try again!!

  5. Meg - thanks for the tip!! I'm going to try that soon - I may actually do strawberries because I loveeee strawberries (well all red berries really).

    And Ashley, you should definitely try again! This recipe is sooo easy (and if you still don't like it you can just eat the crust because it's so good!) On Valentine's day, I attempted to make creme brulee for my husband (his favorite). It looked and smelled beautiful but tasted like... dog food. I'm still working up the courage to try it again :)