These simple lemons bars are about as easy to make as any box mix, it’s just combine, bake, mix, pour and bake again. The hardest step is cooling them enough to eat, but why wait try one warm, I did. 

I don’t think I ever tasted a lemon bar as a kid, I don’t know why either, but I was weirdly particular as a child and always deferred ‘out of the norm’ foods to be tried at a later date. It took me 10 years to like chocolate (complete freak I know), hamburgers made me gag and split pea soup just never had it’s day when I was little. Oh those days are gone now don’t you worry, I happily enjoy all of those ‘weird’ foods maybe even a little too much. 

But why I never tried lemon bars as I got older I do not know, maybe because they weren’t chocolate? And if it’s not chocolate it’s not worth trying? I finally ate one in my mid thirties and immediately thought ‘what is my problem?’ and that was followed by ‘how can I get more of these?’ Yet the idea to actually make them from scratch took 8 more years. Quick on the uptake, I am not.

But now that I know what a cinch lemon bars are to whip up and how well the people eating them responded to them I will be repeating them often. I love chocolate, but just as I love the hot days of summer a cool rainy day feels so good, well that’s kind of like what a lemon bar feels like, fresh and cool.

Old Fashioned Lemon Bars

oven 350˚

8×8 pan

base layer:1 cup flour

1/2 cup of powdered sugar

1/2 cup butter cut in pieces


2 eggs

1 cup sugar

zest of one lemon

2 1/2 Tablespoons of lemon juice

2 1/2 Tablespoons of flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

*optional*1/4 cup of powdered sugar to dust on top

combine the base layer ingredients in a food processor

pulse to resemble coarse crumbs 

press firmly into an 8×8 pan 

bake for 20 minutes at 350˚

after 15 minutes of baking stir up the topping 

pour the lemon mix over the cookie base after it has bake for 20 minutes

bake for another 25 minutes

cool and dust with powdered sugar if desired

Lemon Bar boats for my kids who spent the entire time I was taking pictures pressed up against the window waiting for me to get done so they could swoop in and clean up. But by the time I was done they had wandered off to play so I had a moment of fun making them little boats.