Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars Recipe

Old-Fashioned Lemon Bars

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Original recipe makes 2 - 3 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch square baking pan.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, spices and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  3. Add in the lemon juice and zest. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Stir in raisins. Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly colored on top. Cool in pan on wire rack. May be drizzled with a simple confectioners' sugar icing. Cut into large or small bars.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 16, 2008

These had an excellent flavor and chewy texture--on the outside edges that were cooked correctly. The middle was very "sludgy" and remained so even after an extra 15 minutes of cooking. I think next time I'll try it in an 11 x 7 pan, and perhaps drop the oven temperature to 325. I used dried cranberries, they were a wonderful replacement for the raisins.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 07, 2012

Followed the recipe exactly and it was more of a cake than a true lemon bar. It looks nothing like the picture provided. If i wanted to make lemon bread I will use this recipe. Otherwise I will look else where for a true lemon bar.

Feb 14, 2007

i made these for christmas and my family loved them, i love them! great recipe, i didn't have raisins so i didn't add those, but next time i might try them

Aug 21, 2006

These were good, but I think they would have been better if I'd followed the recipe exactly. I fudged a little on the brown sugar because I ran out, and so I added a cup of mixed powdered sugar and molasses. I do not recommend this, as the molasses takes over the flavor.

Mar 10, 2012

This needed tweaking for the shortbread. I used butter and left out the raisins. I added raspberries for contrast flavors. It looked brown on top when it was done, so I might cook the base differently.

Jan 11, 2013

This did not turn out how I expected. Did NOT look anything like the picture or lemon bars I ahve made in the past. Tastes ok, but wasn't what I wanted...

Oct 16, 2014

saw this recipe a few years ago in 2009 and have been making it since!!!! I love it. I love lemons and this is great! A family favorite as well. I have to remember to take a photo the next time I make it. Next time ill make it into a shape!. It is very sweet, so for certain family member I have to tone it down. I did make a few adjustments as I learned to make it but still great!

Jul 02, 2014

this one is turned out horrible


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  • Calories
  • 115 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.7 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.2 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

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

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