lemon bars {from scratch!}

easy lemon bar recipe

if you know me, then you know cooking is not my passion.  i don’t hate it, but i don’t love it either.  in fact, i have renamed costco “scratch” since many of my meals come from ingredients we buy there.  its not necessarily pre-made, but its definitely nothing fancy.

but, of no doing by me, my middle daughter has a love for all things in the kitchen.  she has loved cooking since she was really little, but it hasn’t been until recently that we’ve really started to invest time into her in the kitchen.

we try to let her make 1 dinner a week, but when that does’n work out, sometimes she’ll do a dessert.  this week, since sean & the kids were selling lemons door-to-door (building tomorrow’s entrepreneurs!), she had lemons on the brain, and in her hands.  lemon bars are sean’s favorite dessert and lily loves to please her daddy.

she has learned to search the www for recipes, looking first at the ingredients to see if we have all we need.  she landed on this recipe not only because we had all the ingredients, but because it was the quickest.  she did most of it herself, but i still helped out a bit.  i think next time she could probably do just about the whole thing on her own!

easy lemon bar recipe


(found at allrecipes.com)

original recipe makes 1 – 9×13 inch pan
– crust-
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
– filling –
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 lemons, juiced
1.  preheat oven to 350* F
2.  in a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups of flour and 1/2 cup sugar.  press into the bottom of an undressed 9×13 inch pan.
3.  bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden (it took us more like 22-25 minutes ’til golden).  in another bowl, whisk together remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour.  whisk in the eggs and lemon juice.  pour over baked crust.
4.  bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven.  the bars will firm up as they cool.  we waited about 15 minutes and ate them warm.  they have a yummy thick crust, a gooey middle and a slightly chewy top – perfect!



  1. 1

    Ooh, these look fantastic! Good job, Lily! Lemon bars are my favorite too.

  2. 2

    Thank you for sharing this. I will be making these as soon as I get my 1 month old to sleep. They look delicious!

  3. 3

    Yum! Thanks so much for sharing. My girls will have a blast trying these as well.

  4. 4
    lynn ann says:

    Makes my mouth water:) Yumm

  5. 5

    I need to try this :)

  6. 6

    Oooooooh these look delicious and not too difficult to make at all! I bought a load of lemons because I have a cold, but seeing as I’m almost better….. maybe I can spare a few for lemon bars. Yum yum! :-D

  7. 7

    made them today! delish! thanks for sharing.

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