Luscious Lemon-Lime Bars

One of my favorite flavors is citrus because it’s  tangy and refreshing. Lemon bars rank high on the list of desserts I love. These simple squares have a tart filling and give way to a shortbread like crust. The sprinkle of powdered sugar gives it a touch of sweetness. It’s truly a winning combination. 

Bring a platter of these lemon-lime bars to a Labor Day bash and watch them disappear with a quickness. This dessert is a classic and it’s really simple to make. 

This recipe comes from a cookbook my mother in law gifted me at my bridal shower, many years ago. I believe it’s found in many home kitchens; The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. It contains Recipes you can trust to provide delicious results. 

Luscious Lemon-Lime Bars: (slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut into cubes 
  • 4 slightly beaten eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 3/4 cups lemon-lime juice (I ran out of lemons and that’s why I combined citrus fruits. It took 4 lemons and two limes to make 3/4 cup.)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Powdered sugar for garnish


  1. Line a 13x9x2 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper and grease with nonstick spray. This makes it easy to lift the bars out of the pan. 
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture into bottom of pan and bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden. 
  3. Meanwhile, for the filling, in a medium bowl stir together the eggs, granulated sugar, the 3 tbsp flour, lemon zest, lemon juice and milk. Pour filling over hot crust.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes more or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack. Sift powdered sugar overtop. Cut into bars. Cover and store in fridge. 

I gave half of this batch to my father in law because he is also a lemon fan. He reported back that they were a real treat. Go ahead and make some and add a little sunshine to your life. 

Thanks for reading! xo

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