Lemon Bars

What the? How the? I am confused. How on earth did these end up being the tastiest squares that I have made in forever??? I only made them because a) I love lemon, b) I had all the ingredients  and c) they were fairly easy.

They are amazing. The shortbread base melts in your mouth with buttery goodness, the middle filling is so chewy and lemony it brought tears to my eyes, and the icing is tart but sweet.

First Layer
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine

Second Layer
2 eggs
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup coconut
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups icing sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
5 tsp of lemon juice



First, you do the crust ingredients.

Once the butter is cut in, press the mixture into a 9×9 ungreased pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven until its browned around the edges, about 15-20 minutes.

Beat your eggs, then add everything else for the filling and mix it all together.

Once the crust and filling are done, pour the filling on top of the baked crust.

Bake at 350 degrees until its set in the middle, and a light brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Take your butter and icing sugar and start mixing them. Add in your lemon juice one teaspoon at a time, until you get the right consistency for spreading it on the top.  The amounts listed above were just perfect. It took  about 6 tsp of lemon juice to make it perfect for me.

Spread the icing on top of the cooled squares, let them set for a while, then cut and serve and enjoy!

Leanne Jensen
Leanne Jensen

Are you kidding? I am the queen of false threats...just ask my kids! Nope, I look forward to your entries & recipes too much!

The Kitchen Magpie
The Kitchen Magpie

Haha Leanne! I agree with you about those cookies, they are my favorite ever! But please don't leave ;)

Leanne Jensen
Leanne Jensen

Yum! I think I am going to have to unsubscribe from your page!! I have gained weight....especially from the crispy, crunchy chocolate chip cookies. I won't admit how many dozen I have made...& eaten all by myself. Seriously the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thank you for the yummy & easy to follow recipes! You are fab!


Yummy! What a great idea to combine coconut with lemon. Thank you for the inspiration. Greetings from Germany A-Man

Heidi Namba
Heidi Namba

Wow! These look amazing. I just printed out the recipe and hopefully will be able to make them soon. If the icing barely covered the top, then I might just have to double the recipe! I'm crazy for icing! Thanks for sharing. I will have to report back with my results. Heidi


I would love to make these squares but my husband hates coconut. If I made a whole pan of them, I am afraid I would eat the whole thing myself.