Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

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30 min.
190 min.
48 bars

Create a taste that is as refreshing as an icy glass of lemonade. These mouth-watering lemon bars are a great summer treat, and perfect for entertaining or picnics.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • Sifted powdered sugar (optional)
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PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

flour and powdered sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Press lightly onto bottom and halfway up sides of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

BAKE for 20 minutes.

sweetened condensed milk and eggs in large mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in lemon juice, flour, baking powder, salt and food coloring just until blended. Fold in grated lemon peel; pour over crust.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into bars; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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These were not good. The crust was dry (hard to believe with a cup of butter) and they did not have a good lemon taste. I do not like the consistency of the topping either. I will stick with my old recipe. I love homemade lemon bars, but not these. No one in my family of 5 liked them.

- Sherrie Capehart from Rocky Face, GA


These bars tasted good, but I was expecting something with a stronger lemon flavor. These had the consistency of cheesecake, not the jam-like lemon filling that I'm used to. Decent, but I'll stick with my old recipe.

- Angela A. from GLENDALE, AZ

Tart and Tangy!

I made these with Meyer lemons from my backyard and added plenty of lemon zest. I also used my mini muffin pan and make individual tarts - they came out so cute!

- Gina Woo

Better than BOX!!

I craved Lemon Bars so my daughter bought me a boxed mix. UGH! they just didn't have the flavor I was looking for then I found this one on your web site and never again will I use the box mix!!!

- June Davis from CLARK, MO

lemon bars

the best lemon bars yet,,, they were gone in one day

- Esther Kolstad from Strathmore, AB

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/48 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 48

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 90
  • Calories from Fat: 45
  • Total Fat: 5g (8% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3g (15% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 30mg (10% of DV)
  • Sodium: 55mg (2% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g (3% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 4% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 2% of DV
  • Calcium: 2% of DV
  • Iron: 2% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.


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