Lemon Bars

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Cooling Time: 2 hrs
Yields: 48 bars


Create a taste that is as refreshing as an icy glass of lemonade. These mouth-watering lemon bars are a great summer treat, and perfect for entertaining or picnics.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • Sifted powdered sugar (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

flour and powdered sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Press lightly onto bottom and halfway up sides of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

BAKE for 20 minutes.

sweetened condensed milk and eggs in large mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in lemon juice, flour, baking powder, salt and food coloring just until blended. Fold in grated lemon peel; pour over crust.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into bars; sprinkle with powdered sugar.


by S. Sherrie , Rocky Face, GA on Jun. 2012

These were not good. The crust was dry (hard to believe with a cup of butter) and they did not have a good lemon taste. I do not like the consistency of the topping either. I will stick with my old recipe. I love homemade lemon bars, but not these. No one in my family of 5 liked them.


by A. Angela , GLENDALE, AZ on Apr. 2010

These bars tasted good, but I was expecting something with a stronger lemon flavor. These had the consistency of cheesecake, not the jam-like lemon filling that I'm used to. Decent, but I'll stick with my old recipe.

Tart and Tangy!

by G. Gina , , on Feb. 2010

I made these with Meyer lemons from my backyard and added plenty of lemon zest. I also used my mini muffin pan and make individual tarts - they came out so cute!

Better than BOX!!

by J. June , CLARK, MO on May. 2009

I craved Lemon Bars so my daughter bought me a boxed mix. UGH! they just didn't have the flavor I was looking for then I found this one on your web site and never again will I use the box mix!!!

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by E. Esther , Strathmore, AB on Apr. 2009

the best lemon bars yet,,, they were gone in one day

Big Hit!

by D. Debbie , Montgomery, IL on Apr. 2009

Not only was this an easy recipe to bake it was the first thing to disappear from the Easter dessert tray.

Made me a lemon lover

by S. Sherry , Miami, FL on Mar. 2009

I made these as a request for someone in my office and I became a lemon fan. I also used another bakers tip about putting lemon zest in the crust. very easy to make and very tasty

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by M. MARLENE , Depew, NY on Mar. 2009

I LOVE lemon...so it didn't take much to convince me. But, my husband tried them and he discovered how delicious lemon can be!


by D. Dana , Jessup, PA on Feb. 2009

So simple and yet everyone thought it took me so much effort!!! Melt in your mouth delicious!!!

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by L. Linda , Monterey Park, CA on Feb. 2009

This is a great tasting recipe although when I made it, the crust came out a little dry.