Nell’s Lemon Bars, #24

December 24:

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.


  1. I am delighted to have Aunt Nell’s recipe for lemon bars. They showed up at every potluck at church too and usually disappeared very quickly.
    About the “gaggle of old ladies” who met weekly to do their handiwork, they still do that every Monday morning. However I must protest that when your Grandma was a part of that group, they were no older than I am now…hardly “old” yet.
    Love, Aunt Joan

  2. Like your Grandma, my Mother would make and share lemon bars with those she loved on holidays, at family reunions, weddings and just whenever she wanted to share a nice treat with someone. Last year she had 2 strokes and is now paralyzed and unable to speak. We all are sharing her recipes but had not been able to find her recipe for lemon bars. I found your Grandma’s recipe and believe this must be the recipe Mom used. Thank you for sharing and may God Bless!

  3. Dear Vanessa,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! Our grandma has gone on to her reward, but I still encounter people who reminisce fondly of her lemon bars. What a treasure when we can recreate those tastes!



  4. Do you have a Danish recipe for Danish lemon bars made with filo dough and marzipan? I have a friend who’s mother passed away and he inherited her recipe box but the recipe was not in it. He fears that the recipe died with her. Any help you can provide is much appreciated.

    Bright Cherry Blessings, Nancy

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