Lemon Bars

17 Jun

My Father-in-Law is one of the hardest people to shop for.  We never know what to get him for Christmas or his birthday… or Father’s Day.  In fact, my sisters-in-law were all in Europe a couple months ago and brought home gifts for everyone:  an Irish teddy bear for Keira, a claddagh ring for yours truly, a beer opener for my husband, a dish for my mother-in-law, a t-shirt for my brohan-in-law.  They were stumped on what to bring home for Dad.  They finally decided he would be most grateful for good European chocolate that you just can’t get here in the states.  They brought home a stash of assorted ridiculously good dark chocolate candy in the form of bars, truffles, baggies – you name it, they bought it – that should last the average person at least 3 months (though I think he happily finished it all in about two weeks).

He loves Harley Davidson paraphernalia.  But he’s got a big ol’ bike and Harley coffee mugs galore.  His tools and garage are his most prized possessions.  But not only do I know nothing about tools, he’s got duplicates of just about everything.  He’s been happily married for 30 years and has a big loving family to show for it… and we already gave him his first grandchild!!

One thing I can always fall back on for the guy is sweets.  He.  Loves.  His.  Sweets.  He’s got a sweet tooth that just won’t quit.  Though he’s probably one of chocolate’s biggest fans out there, if it’s got sugar in it he’s all in.

I thought about what kind of treat I could surprise him with for his special day.  I had already made dark chocolate truffles at Easter and wanted to mix it up a little bit.  I remembered that a few years ago Mama Roy brought over lemon bars for Christmas to my in-laws.  Dad raved about them forever after that.  And so, I grabbed the oh-so-easy recipe from her and on this dreary, rainy, chilly June day, I made the bars to give to Dad for Father’s Day.

Makes 12 bars


For the crust:

1 stick softened butter

1/2 cup white sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

For the lemony top:

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 lemons, juiced

Powdered sugar, for dusting


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Using an electric hand-held mixer, mix together the butter, sugar and flour.  Press into the bottom of a greased baking pan (I used a 9 x 13 ceramic dish).  Bake for 15-20 minutes until firm.

3.  While the crust is baking add eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice in to a clean bowl.  Whisk until well combined.  Pour mixture over your baked crust and stick it back into the oven for 22 minutes.

When I took it out of the oven, I felt like they still needed more time but followed the recipe exactly.  Within a few minutes of cooling I could tell that it was beginning to firm up.  Just let the dish cool to room temp before cutting and they should be easy to remove from the dish.

4.  Dust the bars lightly with powdered sugar.

– Alex

One Response to “Lemon Bars”

  1. maria June 17, 2011 at 9:09 PM #

    Mention my name again – I think I am becoming famous!

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