Luscious Lemon Bars

  • brennaeg Posted: 04/04/10
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    SOOOO Good!!

  • itsgigi Posted: 02/06/11
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    Wonderful lemon bars! I added a bit of extra zest to make them a bit more tart, but the sweetness of the crust (and what a wonderful crust) balanced it nicely. I am taking them to a Superbowl party (I saved a few for us) and will certainly be making them again and again!!

  • cjeanbergeron Posted: 12/31/10
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    If you like lemon bars these are the best!! Everyone is always asking me for more!

  • DianeLM Posted: 12/25/10
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    I have made other lemon bars that had more of a lemony flavor, however I found the crust for these to be better and flakier and as other reviewers, I added some extra lemon zest, but not enough so I will need to add more next time I make these. Overall, these were definitely a cookie favorite and I would recommend the recipe with added zest.

  • Jesme2525 Posted: 06/10/10
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    This recipe is wonderful! It's the perfect thing if you want a sweet lemon treat. The crust alone can be its own cookie.

  • jencox Posted: 02/24/10
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    Totally live up to their name! The only thing I'll do differently next time is add a little more lemon zest.

  • Kachan Posted: 12/07/10
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    Made these for a bake sale and they were a huge hit. I would definitely make this again.

  • GingerZin Posted: 04/17/10
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    Made this recipe two times now. First time I made it exactly as the recipe said and it was all right. Wasn't very lemony. Second time I added more lemon juice (1/2cup+) and a TON more zest and it came out incredible! If you love lemon flavor add a lot more than is called for!

  • CharlotteLBap Posted: 02/09/11
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    I love the flavor, crust, and consistency of these bars! They are outstanding. I added extra lemon juice, per previous comments, and lemon zest. I have made these many times now, and the only drawback I have is that they never come out a strong shade of yellow like typical lemon bars. Not sure if I should be covering them with foil, or adding more lemon juice, but I don't want these to be too lemony??

  • Sue94502 Posted: 05/30/11
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    Everyone else likes these so much that I am wondering if I did something wrong. I put in 2 tsp of zest and still thought they weren't very lemony. They stuck to the foil terribly; maybe I didn't grease it enough. And they needed salt. I should have added about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp to the crust. I did like that the lemon topping set up well and wasn't gooey like some lemon bar recipes

  • CStock25 Posted: 05/08/11
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    DeLish!!!!! These are a family favorite!!! Only change I made was to add some more lemon zest and juice. Soooooooo Yummy!! :)

  • Lynn1967 Posted: 05/24/11
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    They were good but not quite enough lemon flavor.

  • HelenHancock Posted: 08/28/11
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    2 cups of sugar is way too much sweetness! If you want lemon flavor have it slightly tart. I've tried adding just 1 cup sugar and I find that the recipe is still a bit too sweet, next time I'm going with 3/4 cup sugar. Also, there is not enough lemon juice. I know SL has been doing this recipe for years, I'm surprised they have never thought to improve it with less sugar and a bit more juice!

  • susanmcgee Posted: 12/19/11
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    This is a better rating. ********** (10 stars) Living in Florida, I really enjoy citrus of all sorts. These are EXCELLENT!

  • springhoultin Posted: 05/11/12
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    I made these a couple years ago straight from SL magazine and they didn't have any lemon flavor. I just made these again today and doubled the lemon juice and zest and holy smokes they are awesome!

  • CakeBall Posted: 05/13/12
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    I rated this 4 stars because as the recipe is written it is much sweeter than I like, but some may like their lemon bars more sweet than tart. I increased the lemon juice (fresh squeezed) to 1 cup and used 1.5-1.75 cups of sugar, and about a 1/3 cup of flour. It was tart yet still a bit sweet. So if you like your lemon bars truly LEMON, go for adding more lemon juice. Other than that, it's a keeper. I did NOT make the crust so cannot comment on that. I used a graham cracker crust.

  • BetterWGinger Posted: 01/25/13
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    I made these last night. The directions were easy to follow. The lemon bars turned out beautifully and they tasted delicious! Can't wait to serve them for dessert tonight! I would say this is an easy recipe for any cook at any level could prepare.

  • Dough21 Posted: 12/26/13
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    This is going to be my new go-to recipe for lemon squares - they are great! I read the reviews before making them and made some adjustments, which made them just right for me. I reduced the sugar to one cup, used salted butter, and juiced/zested three large lemons. I think I'll go down a little bit more on the sugar next time, just to give them a little more pucker. Love them!

  • gosranch Posted: 03/21/14
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    Preferred Cook's Illustrated Best Lemon Bar recipe-much more lemon flavor and less sugar

  • melissanicolew Posted: 12/02/13
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    I made this with granulated sugar in the crust instead of powered the 2nd time and it tasted way better. The crust tasted like flour with the powered sugar.

  • Ava000 Posted: 11/27/13
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    Great recipe. I added way more lemon zest (3tsp) and lemon juice (1cup) then reduced the amount of sugar (1cup) and they're soooo good. The crust is AMAZING!

  • seaside725 Posted: 09/14/13
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    I followed the directions exactly as written. These were easy to make and very tasty. I also added extra lemon juice. Yummy!

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