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Graham Crusted Lemon Bars

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A stack of lemon bars on a floral napkin


Distance view of a stack of lemon bars on a floral napkin

I was set to make Meyer lemon bars until I started the hunt for this seasonal fruit. I had spied them weeks before in the market, but was told that there wouldn’t be another delivery for a month.  On to plan B…a more traditional lemon bar, but I decided on a graham cracker crust instead of the traditional shortbread crust.  You see, I’m a huge fan of Key lime pie…but hubby has something against limes…and I often crave that yummy combination of citrus with a graham cracker crust.

These were quite delicious…though not the most beautiful bars I’ve baked.  The lemon layer was quite thin and due to the softer nature of the crust, some of the graham cracker crumbs baked into the filling.  A dusting of powdered sugar camouflages any imperfections, though, and I won’t hesitate making these again….maybe with a double layer of lemon topping next time~

Graham Crusted Lemon Bars…adapted from AllRecipes and  my friend Joe’s lemon bar recipe

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon sugar

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ. Line 8 x 8 inch pan with non-stick aluminum foil or regular foil sprayed with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar in medium bowl and mix well. Pat into bottom of prepared pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.

While crust is baking, make lemon filling.  Mix together eggs, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder till well combined.  Carefully pour over hot crust and return to oven.  Bake about 25 minutes more.  Cool before cutting.


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59 comments on “Graham Crusted Lemon Bars”

  1. Mmmm I love citrus desserts… lemon, lime, orange… I love them all. They are so refreshing and never too sweet! These sound delicious… I would definitely make them and even add the double dose of topping as you recommend! πŸ™‚

  2. simple and delicious desserts,i love using citrus too in my cooking,YummY !!

  3. What a coincident Lizzy and I made one similar to yours, esp the lemony topping though the crust was somewhat different.

    I can imagine the taste and sure must be delicious.

  4. I love lemon bars, and I’ll bet they’re really good with graham cracker crust.

  5. Il profumo del limone Γ¨ irresistibile!!! Lo uso spesso anch’io, soprattutto in questa stagione quando gli agrumi ci donano il meglio!!!
    Bellissima ricetta!!!
    Un bacio!!!!

  6. This looks wonderful!!!
    I love adding citrus to my desserts,these bars looks absolutely divine….

  7. Lizzy I love key lime pie too… so I know I would totally go for your lemon bars. What a great combination!! Hope you had a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  8. if my late grandmother lucy was here so she would tell JOB WELL DONE~! she was the queen of lemon bars and this recipe looks divine- almost better than hers:) yikes i can’t believe i just said that!

  9. Lemon pie in a bar…I like the graham crust, & I agree, the more lemon the better!

  10. Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous!

  11. These sound delicious! I can make these!

  12. Sounds good, now I’m kind of craving some sort of pastry for breakfast…

  13. thanks for visiting my space….do visit again πŸ™‚

  14. dessert looks absolutely yummy….i love the addition of citrus in it !

  15. I have been thinking of making a lemon bar. Yours looks super perfect πŸ™‚

  16. Lemon bars make me miss the summer… ahhh so long away! I love your crust on these though! They look so beautiful and I;m sure taste absolutely scrumptious!

  17. The graham crust sounds great, and I bet these would be incredible with a double layer of lemon filling. But, they look great just as they are!

  18. My mouth waters….these lemon squares look really tempting.

  19. You certainly can’t go with a double layer of lemon. Yum!

  20. What a great twist on a classic. I love lime and lemon. I love this crust too!

  21. that’s the most unusual filling ever with no flour, no milk, just lemon and sugar and baking powder and it is baked. Love it! Must try it, Lizzy.

  22. I find that lemon bars almost never look as pretty as they are delicious, although as always yours look great! Putting aside that your hubby doesn’t like lime, have you tried making a key lime bar? I’d love to see that.

  23. These sound delicious. A friend made me some bars just last week with a graham cracker crust and they were awesome! Great choice.

  24. Lizzy I love lemon bars, really all with lemon!!:) dear these look dleicious!! gloria

  25. The skinny chick bake amazing!!!(LOL)

  26. I love love LOVE lemon bars! I would eat a whole plate of these if you put them in front of me! EEP!

  27. Hi Lizzy, I’m glad you sent this on again as I nearly missed it… I’ve got a plump Meyer lemon on my tree that is hinting towards a shade of golden yellow. Love the graham cracker crust variation here – especially the part where you wrote how some of the crust melded with the lemon layer. Divine! May you & yours enjoy a holiday filled with peace, love and thanks!

  28. I have not had a lemon bar in so long and these look delicious. I am always feasting on key lime stuff, I guess lemon takes a back seat. Time for a change of pace-this recipe looks like the perfect way to get some tasty lemon zing back into my desserts. Well done Liz!

  29. Thanks for stopping by. These look great. I love lemon desserts. Look forward to hearing 7 interesting things about you.

  30. These look great Liz. I love lemon bars, and have never tried a graham crust! Sounds delicious.

  31. These look great! I love recipes with such a simple list of ingredients.

  32. These look delicious! I love key lime pies as well so I’ll definitely give these bars a try.

  33. One cannot go wrong with Lemon Bars! Yummy! It’s been a while since I had one but I know most people love them, including me.

  34. Lizzy – somewhere inside you is a 350 pound woman waiting to come out. I love these! I want the lemon citrus of summer, the gentle strength of the Meyer lemon – yes – I want these.

  35. lemon and lime these must be fabulous as they look and sound!

  36. I love lemon bars! I almost always add coconut to mine. Your graham crust is a great idea!

  37. I have been looking for a great lemon bar recipe so bookmarking these. Wonderful job Lizzy. I love the addition of the graham crust. Super yummy!

  38. These lemon bars look fabulous! I’m sure Meyer lemons wouldn’t make a bit of difference. πŸ™‚

  39. Tangy lemon is always a favorite and one of things I usually make around the holidays!

  40. Sounds so simple to make but I bet they are so yummy! Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  41. Congratulations on the Versatile Blogger Award – well deserved!

    Lemon bars always remind me of my oldest son….they’re his favorite. This recipe is lovely!

  42. They look pretty dang deliicious to me :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  43. —-I adore “Lemon.” And these bars look dreamy…


  44. Congartz on your award and the lemon bars look really delish , I love lemon desserts .

  45. I think these look great. I like the idea of using a graham cracker crust – it’s different. I love lemon or lime bars. I’ve never tried to make both in layers, I wonder how that would work. I may have to try that sometime.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks delicious!

  46. I’m a sucker for shortbread even in a crust, but a graham cracker crust makes me just as giddy! I discovered my love for lemon bars this very year. I would love some of these right now! Some, not just one…I’d share I swear it! πŸ™‚

  47. What a great idea! I love that you used a graham crust…perfect with the lemon. Yum!

  48. Hi Lizzy-just noticed on foodbuzz, that you’re on Top 9 with your incredible, and yummy lemon bars.
    Buzzed you!
    I was so happy to see you on #2spot, and a 99 buzz. Wow! You go my sweet friend!!!

  49. Lizzy,
    Lemon bars are my husband’s favorite bar cookie, and I have to make them every Christmas for him. Your bars are gorgeous, so I’ll have to try the graham cracker crust this year.

    Congrats on the Top 9 today.

  50. These look really, really good! Sometimes recipes don’t come out picture perfect, but yours look great! I love, love lemons so will def be trying these very soon!

  51. Congrats Lizzy!! These bars look delicious πŸ™‚

  52. These look lovely! I haven’t had a lemon bar in way too long, I must change that! Congrats on top 9 today! πŸ™‚

  53. Lizzy, your recipes are always so fantastic. You can do no wrong!

  54. Congrats on Top 9, Lizzy! I love that you used a graham cracker crust with these bars – they look simply amazing!! πŸ™‚

  55. Congrats on top 9! I just saw the message above and learned about it. =P I saw this from my phone earlier and I sent your link to my friend who’s favorite dessert is lemon bars. Hope she will bake it and share with me. Teehee! =)

  56. I’ve never had lemon bars with a graham cracker crust. It sounds tasty.

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