Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

I suppose it is citrus week here on The Hungry Housewife. Did you miss Mondays post? Key Lime Pie Ice-Cream with Chocolate…Ohhh yeah, view it here

I am a sucker for all things LEMON. Lemon chicken, lemon pasta, lemon lotion..I could go on and on.
But nothing screams summertime more than a nice refreshing Lemon Bar or some call the Lemon Squares. They have been one of my favs ever since I was a wee little girl.

I like to think they are healthy because a fruit is after all the first word. Totally a diet dessert. {cough-cough}

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Lemon Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24
A super Tart delicious Lemon Bar
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) butter
  • 1¾ cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon salt plus a pinch
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • ⅔ cup fresh lemon juice, strained
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  1. Line a 9 by 13-inch baking dish(bottom and sides) with non stick foil, or use regular foil sprayed with non-stick spray. Set pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine 1¾ cups of the flour, ⅔ cup of the confectioners' sugar, the cornstarch, and ¾ teaspoon of the salt and mix thoroughly.
  3. Cut the 12 tablespoons of butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture.
  4. Using your hands, 2 forks, or a pastry blender, work the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  5. Transfer the butter-flour mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even ¼-inch layer along the bottom and partly up the sides of the pan.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. While the crust is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Bake the crust until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. While the crust is baking, assemble the filling by combining the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, and lemon zest in a medium bowl and whisking until smooth.
  10. Stir in lemon juice, milk, and remaining pinch of salt and mix well.
  11. When the crust is golden brown, remove it from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
  12. Stir the lemon mixture again, then pour onto the warm crust.
  13. Bake until the filling is set, about 20 minutes.
  14. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  15. Remove the dessert by gently pulling it out of trepan by the foil.
  16. Transfer to a cutting board and, using a clean knife, cut into squares, wiping knife after each cut.
  17. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  18. Serve immediately, or refrigerate, wrapped with plastic wrap, up to 2 days, until ready to serve.
Recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse.




  1. 1

    I also am a lemon fan and these are now on the top of my to do list!

  2. 2

    Sounds decicious!

  3. 3

    decicious?? delicious!

  4. 4

    Lemon bars remind me of my childhood, my Dad always made them for us. I haven’t had them in years so I can’t wait to make these.

  5. 5

    These look so good!! I have not had a lemon bar in ages! You are killing me this week lady! Hey who did your new site design! I love it!

  6. 6

    These look so good. The perfect ration of lemon filling to sweet crust. I must make these.

  7. 7

    That’s the most perfect-looking lemon bar!

  8. 8

    These look so good! I love lemon too yet I’ve never had lemon bars. It’s one of the many things that’s been put on to “to try” list but somehow I never get around to most of the recipes on that list.

  9. 9

    totally a diet dessert! πŸ™‚

    I love all things lemon too. anything citrus really. Looks awesome Leslie!

  10. 10

    Lemon lotion! I’ve never seen that, but it sounds great! As another lover of lemon, I’ll add lemon scented cleaning products to that list.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. 11

    Gorgeous photo, Leslie!!
    How about frozen lemon drop cocktails? My fave!

  12. 12

    You are definitely on the right kick! These are dream bars…keep the recipes coming. This one made my mouth pucker!

  13. 13

    i adore lemon bars, these sound amazing!

  14. 14

    I’ve got a special place in my heart for chocolate, but I get the biggest cravings for lemon!! I’ve got to have lemon bars every so often πŸ™‚ Love this post!

  15. 15

    WTH is up with these last couple of posts?!!! Coconut sweets, key lime and chocolate and now this. You are trying to make me fat aren’t you? Hmmph mission accomplished. I wasn’t even feeling for a lemon bar until I saw your picture. Now talk about crave! Now go make a salad or something will ya’ LOL:-)

  16. 16

    …and congrats on your babble top 50 food nomination

  17. 17

    Hi Leslie! Luckily I am still getting your posts through Google Reader, but thanks for letting me know! Your lemon bars look absolutely perfect! Those are my husband’s favorite! Hope you’re doing well – I’m trying very hard to get back into the swing of blogging πŸ™‚

  18. 18

    Wow!!!! This looks beyond delicious!

  19. 19

    Wow! I love lemon bars, but haven’t made them in AGES… will have to give this recipe a try because well… lemons scream summer to me, too!

  20. 20

    Love your updates and giveaways! I just have random recipes on mine, but I would love for it to be on the same status yours is sometime! Can’t wait for more yummy treats!

  21. 21

    lovely, leslie–a summer staple, for sure!

  22. 22

    Thanks for posting this “diet” recipe. There’s just something about lemons and summer time…

  23. 23

    YUM! These look delicious Leslie. I love all things lemon too. What a refreshing treat for summer too.

  24. 24

    Lemon lotion, huh? The edible kind?

    Your Lemon bars are simply gorgeous!

  25. 25

    I love lemon bars–yours look fabulous! πŸ™‚

  26. 26

    Leslie, this looks fab! I love many of Emeril’s recipe! I’m going to be honest but I have never tried lemon bars!!! or maybe not that I recall. This makes me want to try it SO bad! I don’t even know where to begin with! And of course, your “skillz” made this extra awesome!

  27. 27

    This looks soooo delicious and the pictures are gorgeous!! I’m absolutely loving your blog and I’m so glad to be your newest follower! πŸ™‚