As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to go for chocolate when it comes to desserts. There are, however, a few exceptions to that tendency. Grandma’s lemon bars are just delicious and the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. I suspect that she perfected these bars because she had pretty much year-round access to free lemons off her lemon tree–she WAS Dutch, after all. These bars give a delightful contrast to some of the spicy or chocolatey flavors of Christmas treats.
Nell’s Lemon Bars
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
Mix and pat in a 10 x 13 baking pan.
Bake about 20 minutes in 325 degree oven.
- 4 eggs
- 2 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. lemon juice
- 4 T. flour
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
Beat eggs & sugar, then fold in the rest of the ingredients.
Pour over hot crust.
Bake 25 minutes.Cool; sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
Cut into squares.
Grandma had a special plate on which she served her lemon bars. They go nicely with tea or coffee. For many years, a gaggle of old ladies would all show up once a week to drink coffee, eat goodies, do their knitting or handwork, and chat. Grandma called it her Coffee Klatch and she often served those ladies her famous lemon bars.