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My mom, Colleen Mott, made the best treats ever. We would regularly come home from school to be greeted with something wonderful right out of the oven. Often it was fresh bread or chocolate chip cookies. But sometimes she would surprise us with something different.

Lemon Bars were SPECIAL. They were always such a treat. This is also something she would make to serve at a party or to drop at a friend’s house. Always such a nice surprise.

I usually double the recipe because I have a big family.

Begin by mixing the flour and powdered sugar. Then cut in the butter using whatever works for you…forks, a pastry cutter or your hands.

Spray your baking dish and then pour the crust mixture in. Spread it out and pat it down.

Bake the crust and mix up the filling.

Whisk together the eggs and all of the filling ingredients.

I use bottled lemon juice for this recipe. The acidity in fresh lemons varies too much and you will find yourself with a filling that won’t set up.

Pour it over the baked crust.

Bake until set and browned on top. Cool on rack for at least 30 minutes.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into squares to serve.


Lemon Bars

Buttery crust with a lemon custard filling…always delicious! Colleen Mott approved! @mostdeliciouslife.com
Course Dessert, Party Food
Servings 9


  • 8 x 8 inch baking dish



  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Mix flour and powdered sugar together.
  • Add in softened butter and mix in with fork or hands until butter is fully incorporated.
  • Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Pour in crust mixture. Spread evenly and pat down.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • While crust is baking whisk all filling ingredients together.
  • When crust is done, remove from oven and pour filling over the crust.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until filling is set.
  • Remove and cool on rack for 30 minutes before cutting.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Cut into squares and serve.


Keyword chocolate cookies, lemon bars, lemons, pumpkin bars