Lemon bars.

It’s Sweets Week here in our house, with 2 birthdays, a birthday party, & Father’s Day falling in the same week. I have a feeling that next week will be Stretchy-Pants Week…

My Husband The Connoiseur’s family has a tradition where, on someone’s birthday, they get to choose a dessert for his mom to make. One of his favorites is lemon tarts. Now, my mother-in-law is an amazing cook, & while I do know my way around the kitchen, I also know better than to try to compete with her. So when my husband requests something of hers, I instead find a similar recipe. That way, if it tastes different, it’s not because I made it wrong! Genius, right?

So for Father’s Day, I made lemon bars for My Husband The One Whose Special Day It Was. Still lemony, but not lemon tarts. This is me preserving my pride & vanity. I found this easy but delicious recipe at Favorite Family Recipes & added notes for next time to make it lemonier, because we love lemon! Except The Munchkin. Which is unfortunate, because in addition to the third of a pan or so that’s still left of these, we now have 3/4 of My Husband The Birthday Boy’s German chocolate cake… Yikes! Like I said, next week is Stretchy-Pants Week. Anyone feel like coming over & helping us finish it all off?

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup margarine (or butter-flavored shortening — what I used)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • (I would also add some lemon zest to the crust)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 & lightly spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Blend together with 2 forks or a pastry blender until crumbly.
  3. Press into bottom of pan.
  4. Bake about 20 minutes or until just starting to brown.
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • juice of 2 lemons (about 6 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon extract — this is me adding this
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • lemon zest — she says “a little,” but I zested a whole lemon & still thought it could use a little more. So I would do zest of 1 lemon in the filling & a little more zest from the other lemon in the crust.
  1. Whisk together in medium bowlĀ until well blended.
  2. Pour over crust.
  3. Bake 20 minutes.
  4. Sift powdered sugar over the top & cut into squares.

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12 responses to “Lemon bars.

  1. Joy

    Hahaha, love it. I feel like every week is stretchy pants week for me lately. I have been eating way too many sweets…but I think have room for these!

  2. Those look delish. Especially since I’ve been off desserts for 3 1/2 weeks. Only 1/2 week to go (it’s just a personal test thing, no worries). I would come over. I would eat the whole rest of the pan. Which is partly why I went off sweets. Just to prove to myself I could. Wish you lived closer!

  3. PS That was me, Dorothea. I guess it used my wordpress account.

  4. These look awesome!
    and the background of the photos just adds an amazing little element to the image!
    please stop by and say hi
    xoxo
    bB
    http://www.itsybitsybrianna.wordpress.com

  5. Oh.my.delicious! Beautiful bars! I love lemon and cannot wait to try these. Kudos to you for realizing that we can’t compete with “mom,” but we can certainly make it just as special.

  6. These look delicious. I’m in Utah–is that close enough to drop by for some dessert??

  7. Oh my, my husband would love these bars!!
    We will be trying them out SOON!

  8. These look sooo good Catherine!!! I love lemon bars. And that last picture with the ribbon is fabulous!! I love your philosophy about not competing with the mom – it’s so true!
    Star Hughes Living

  9. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

  10. These look very good! Your photos are lovely! I’m a fellow Jersey food blogger saying hi!

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