Apr 302012

Some days just are just off days. So for the days when it downpours and you forget your umbrella, your coffee that you hadn’t even taken one sip of falls out of your hand and spills all over the floor, or when your bank account happens to be much lower than you remember, I have something for you. For the trip you spent so much time planning that isn’t happening anymore, that day you find a parking ticket on your car, or even better, your car breaks down and you find out you have to drop a pretty penny to fix it. That day you feel guilty about not spending more time with your family, avoiding a messy house when you know it will only take 20 minutes to clean, or the day where just nothing seems to fit.

For days like those, there are these lemon bars. These lemon bars are here to pick you up and fix whatever is happening. Tangy yet sweet and comforting lemon bars to brighten your day. That’s right, lemon bars are the secret cure to any off day, didn’t you know that?!

Now you do…and there are no more excuses about “bad days”. I actually don’t really believe in bad days. I believe a day is what you make of it. But I will say that there are off days. Yes, those come and go every now and then. But no biggie, it happens.

These lemon bars also taste great with success. Make them in celebration or bring them to a party. There’s no way that this classic dessert won’t add to the fun. No matter the mood or event, you can’t resist them, really.

Lemon Bar Recipe (Adapted from Betty Crocker)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest (I roughly used the entire lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Additional powdered sugar for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


2. Mix the butter, flour, and powered sugar together. Press the crust mixture in an ungreased square pan. Make sure you make the crust about 1/2 inch higher on the sides of the pan than the bottom. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes.


3. While the crust is baking, whisk the granulated sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, baking powder, salt, and eggs together until well combined. Beat on high until the mixture starts to get fluffy. Then, when the crust is ready, pour the lemon mixture over the hot crust.


4. Pop it back into the oven for another 25-30 minutes. The bars should be done when the top is golden brown and it doesn’t make an indentation when you lightly touch the center of it. Let the bars completely cool, and then dust with powdered sugar.


5. Cut into square and enjoy!


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  5 Responses to “Lemon Bars”

  1. Lover of the Lemon Bar – looks delicious! Have a Great Day – Hello May!

    • Yummy yummy…I loveeeeeeee lemon bars as well and yes they do pick you up on the not so best of

  2. MY MOUTH IS WATERING at this very second. I would do anything to have one of those right now with my morning coffee – blood sugar be damned!

    PS: I’m putting you on my new blogroll.

  3. Lemon bars are the most refreshing yet decadent sweet there is! I also love how simple the ingredients are– great recipe :)

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