Recipe: Lemon Bars

Craving a light, summery dessert after dinner? Don’t settle crumbly store-bought cookies, prepare a pan or two of these delicious lemon bars and pop the extras in the freezer for a quick craving crusher anything your sweet tooth starts to bite. If you’re into lemon meringue pie, you won’t have any complaints about these sweet and tangy treats.

Keep reading to find out how you can transform this recipe into Almond Amaretto Bars or even Cherry Bon-Bon Bars, and click here to request a free food sample from Passanante’s Home Food Service!

Lemon Bars

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Lemon Bar Ingredients:

  • 4 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 Cup softened butter
  • 2 Cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/4 Cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 5 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • Extra powdered sugar

How to Prepare Lemon Bars:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Blend margarine, salt, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 2 cups flour to make  soft dough.
  3. Press evenly into an undressed 9″ x 13″ pan.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, combine eggs, lemon peel, lemon juice, sugar, and 1/4 cup flour.
  6. Blend until smooth, then pour mixture over baked crust.
  7. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake 25 minutes or until firm.
  8. Let cool, then dust with powdered sugar and slice into bars.

Almond Amaretto Bars


  • 1 Cup sliced almonds
  • 5 Tablespoons Amaretto liqueur
  1.  Substitute Amaretto liqueur for lemon juice.
  2. Omit lemon peel.
  3. After pouring filling over crust, sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Cherry Bon-Bon Bars


  • 2 Dozen cherries, well-drained
  • 1 Ounce semisweet chocolate
  • 1 Ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 Stick Margarine
  • 5 Tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  1. Substitute maraschino cherry juice for lemon juice.
  2. Omit peel.
  3. Chop well-drained cherries and add to filling.
  4. Omit powdered sugar topping.
  5. Melt semisweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate with margarine.
  6. Spread over bars as a glaze.

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