Granny’s Lemon Bars

A pan of lemon bars with lemons around and a sifter of powdered sugar on the side.

I am not a fan of citrusy desserts. But, I ate nearly this entire pan of lemon bars! So you know they have to be good.

The recipe is my grandma’s. If you’re new here, I have been working on a family cookbook this year. All of my cousins and aunts and uncles told me some of their favorite things my grandma has cooked throughout her 78 years of life. I then got the recipes from her and I’m working my way through them. Making them, photographing them, and putting them in a cookbook.

That brings me to this lemon bars recipe. I didn’t originally plan on sharing this lemon bars recipe with the world. I was only going to put it in the family cookbook. But, a close friend of mine reached out and asked for me to put it up here because her significant other loves fruit desserts. So Glenn, this one is for you! I hope you enjoy it!

A square piece of lemon bar in the foreground with lemons scattered around and the pan of bars in the background.

Granny’s Lemon Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert



  • 1 c. softened butter
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Blend the butter, sugar, flour and salt together to form the crust. Press it into a 9X13 baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, mix together the eggs, sugar, flour, and lemon zest and juice.
  • Pour the filling mixture onto the baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the filling is set but before it turns golden brown on the edges.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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