Rural Mom Recipe: Lemon Bars

Just because lemon bars are super yummy and a great treat for the end of summer, I’m sharing my tried and true Lemon Bar recipe! Enjoy!

Rural Mom Recipe: Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars


2 sticks of unsalted butter
2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of confectioner sugar
4 eggs (beaten)
2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel (optional)


Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, flour and 1/2 cup confectioner sugar. (Save 1/4 cup of confectioner sugar to sift and sprinkle on top of cooled lemon bars)

Press flour crust mix into bottom of ungreased 13×9 inch pan. Bake crust for twenty minutes. Remove from oven. Set aside to cool.

Mix together eggs, sugar, four tablespoons flour, lemon juice, and (optional) lemon peel. Pour liquid mixture over cooled crust.

Return baking pan to oven and bake another twenty minutes. Remove from oven and cool bars.

While bars are still slightly warm, sprinkle sifted confectioner sugar over the top. You can lightly dust or heavily dust the bars. I prefer a good coat of confectioner sugar.

When fully cooled, cut the lemon bars into squares. Serve and enjoy!

Baking Tips:

You can also use confectioner sugar templates to put designs atop the lemon bars. Most craft stores or department stores carry templates or shaker template covers. This is a fun way to decorate for holidays.

Swap out lemons for oranges or limes to create new flavors. You may mix and match. Such as using lemon peel with orange juice. Or use orange peel and orange juice. No matter the combination, the result is typically delicious!

Looking for more dessert recipes?

You’ll find plenty of savory and sweet recipes on Rural Mom. Just head over to the NOURISH tab to find our favorites. Or search for the term “dessert” in the Rural Mom search bar. We have season recipes, too, so be sure to check out our holiday favorites!

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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    • rjcqh
    • December 14, 2012

    These sound so good. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    1. Reply

      Some lovely ideas so now I need to make, orange, lemon and key lime bars.

  1. Reply

    Yum! Lemon bars sound so inviting right now. I’ll have to try your recipe soo .

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