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Lemon cream bars

I have a funny story about lemon bars. The first lemon bars I ever made were from a box. I was newly out of college, and I had my own kitchen for the very first time. I misread the directions and added double the amount of butter, so I think I added like 4 sticks total. The end product was greasy and oily-lemony, but strangely delicious. I called them my Artery Cloggers. Being just out of college, money was tight so I refused to let them go to waste. I clogged up my arteries properly by finishing the entire pan! Mmm! 

And these lemon bars are so much better, even sans tons of butter. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8x8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine:

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup light brown sugar

Using a hand-held mixer, mix until combined. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until incorporated.

Press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

Add 1/2 cup oats to the remainer of the crumb mixture in the bowl. Mix together and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine:

One 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Zest from 1 lemon

Whisk until creamy. Spread over top of the pressed crumb mixture in the pan.

Top with the other half of the crumb mixture.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 30 minutes before serving. Cut into squares and store in the refrigerator.

See? Way better than Artery Cloggers!

Printable recipe: Lemon cream bars

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Reader Comments (8)

These look AMAZING!

HAHAH! That's totally me in college. I wouldn't throw ANYTHING away. No matter how funky it tasted :) Although, i do like the sound of your Artery Cloggers

Nice new version now, darling

04.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Mmmmm... I'll have to make these for your dad for Easter! Lemon-ey bites after our Easter meal! Yum!

04.2.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

haha o-my 4 sticks of butter!? But I bet they were awesome... :) These bars look amazing! I love lemon bars, especially right now in the Spring when its getting warm out again!

04.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

Strangely enough, despite my love of lemons, I've never been a huge fan of lemon bars. These, however, look scrumptious! Adding them to my list!!

09.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterApril

These look very good, but I have a question. In the photo, I see oats in the crumb part, but I see no oats listed in the ingredients. Are oats supposed to be used in this recipe? If so, how much?

01.29.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMary Beth

Hi Mary Beth! 1/2 cup of oats is mixed with the crumb mixture. You can find this in the printable recipe and in the blog post. It must just be hiding from you! Hope this helps.

01.30.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

I just made these for Easter, they are sooo amazing. So happy I found this on Pinterest!

04.20.2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

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