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Friday, March 1, 2019

Nana's Lemon Bars

Bright lemon filling over a simple shortbread crust, these lemon bars are sure to please. They are perfect for summer BBQs, potlucks or anytime you just need something sweet!

piece of powder sugar coated lemon bars on plate with fork


      Making lemon bars from scratch is easier than you may think. With all of the fresh citrus out right now, I had to make a batch. It brings the bright taste of sweet lemon together with a buttery shortbread crust. It makes my mouth watering just thinking about it. Take a bite out of summer in the most delicious way!


      My mother-in-law makes the most delicious lemon bars. So of course I had to ask her for the recipe. Now we all get to benefit!

       I have always enjoyed lemon bars. If they were available at a gathering, you better bet I was going to have one on my plate.

squeezing fresh lemons to make filling


      But despite my adoration for them, I don't think I had ever made them before.  Nana on the other hand, had gone through a number of recipes to find her favorite.

       She was generous enough to share the fruits of her labors with us several times along the way. So I was really excited to give her recipe a try for myself.

pouring lemon filling over shortbread crust for lemon bars


      She said the key is to juice fresh lemons yourself, don't take the shortcut and use the bottled lemon juice.  Besides, juicing a lemon is really quick and easy so it's worth the tiny bit of effort.

      I had hit the jackpot with fresh citrus recently, so I decided to whip these up with some meyer lemons.  That made for some super delicious treats.

      My husband's eyes got really big when he saw the lemon bars.  I didn't know how much he likes them, but now I do!

       He couldn't wait to get his hands on one.  So I gave him one to snack on while I took the pictures.

sifting powdered sugar over 9x13 pan filled with homemade lemon bars

 
      I loaded the rest on a plate to take to family dinner at my parents' house.  There he ate a couple of more before we even had dinner.

      He admitted to eating at least 3 more after dinner.  One of my brothers was trying to keep pace with him.

    So, needless to say I didn't have a whole lot of bars left on that plate when we came home.  That is a sign of a successful dessert!

     While lemon bars are good all year round, they still make me think of summer. So having these makes me so ready for all of the BBQs to come.

lifting piece of lemon bars out of pan

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Nana's Lemon Bars

Nana's Lemon Bars

Making lemon bars from scratch is easier than you may think. With all of the fresh citrus out right now, I had to make a batch. It brings the bright taste of sweet lemon together with a buttery shortbread crust. It makes my mouth watering just thinking about it. Take a bite out of summer in the most delicious way!
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 40 MTotal time: 55 M

Ingredients:

Crust
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups flour

Instructions:

Filling
  1. 2 lemons, juiced
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/4 cup flour
  5. Powdered sugar for dusting
Calories
121.86
Fat (grams)
7.77
Sat. Fat (grams)
4.88
Carbs (grams)
12.12
Fiber (grams)
0.28
Net carbs
11.84
Sugar (grams)
4.19
Protein (grams)
1.16
Sodium (milligrams)
61.07
Cholesterol (grams)
20.34
Created using The Recipes Generator





close up of lemon bar ready to eat



20 comments:

  1. You know I love lemon so I can only imagine how well the fresh lemons enhance this goodness! Super YUM and a very happy Friday!

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    1. It tastes so bright and delicious! Thanks, Andrea!

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  2. Wow Carlee, these lemon bars sound so good! Thanks for the recipe. Hope you have a great day!

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  3. Lemon Bars would be the perfect way to bring in spring! They are a favorite of mine!

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    1. I forgot how much I liked them until recently. Now I'm hooked again!

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  4. Lemon bars are one of my favorite treats. Maybe it is because the are a little lighter in texture and I feel like lemons are healthy. :)

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    1. Yeah, I'll take my vitamin C in dessert form any time!

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  5. Hi Carlee, I'm a sucker for anything lemony (or chocolatey). These look right up my street and would be a perfect way to use up the excess lemons on my parents lemon tree! Think I'll be trying these this weekend!

    xx

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    1. Me too! These would be a perfect way to turn a couple of those lemons into dessert!

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  6. These look perfect! I can't wait to give this recipe a try!

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  7. I LOVE lemon bars! I can't wait to try these ones.

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  8. Lemon bars are so dang good and these look perfect

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  9. Yes, those would disappear quickly here too, we are huge lemon lovers!

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    1. We are too, especially during the warmer weather!

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  10. Lemon bars remind me of summer parties when I was a kid, they were always on the dessert table. Seeing this recipe makes me want to make them this summer!

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