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Grandma Amy's Lemon Bars

Updated on January 29, 2015
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When friends mail you lemons...

On a recent sub-zero day in Wisconsin, a box arrived from a friend in California. Much to my delight, it was filled with lemons from her tree! It has taken me years to get used to paying for lemons, coming from a place where people brought bagfuls to work with notes imploring everyone to take as many as they could use. I squeezed enough to fill an ice cube tray with fresh lemon juice for later and then, of course, made these melt-in-your-mouth lemon bars. This is straight from my grandmother's handwritten recipe, with my alterations over the years marked with an * asterisk.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: approximately 2 dozen squares, depending on size

Here's what you'll need

  • 1 cup butter, *melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 cups sugar, *I use 1/4 to 1/2 cup less
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice, *I use 6 and I'm pretty sure she did, too.
  • 4 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

This'll make you want to wear an apron

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Make the crust by combining the first 3 ingredients (butter, powdered sugar and flour). Press into 9x13 baking dish (*I use an 8x8 for a deeper bar with a thicker crust).
  3. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. For the filling, mix all remaining ingredients (*I use a fork starting with beating the eggs in the mixing bowl and then whip in each ingredient as it's added). Pour into baked pie crust
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until set and just beginning to brown a bit.
  6. After cooling, sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into squares. (*eat all the edges)

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