To make easy homemade lemon bars, mix flour, powdered sugar and butter, and press the mixture in an ungreased baking pan. Bake the crust for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat granulated sugar, lemon juice, flour, eggs, salt and baking powder, and pour the mixture over the crust. Bake for 30 minutes, dust with powdered sugar and cut into bars.
The ingredients for these easy homemade lemon bars are 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of butter for the crust. Ingredients for the filling are 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, 4 eggs, the zest of two lemons and the juice of two lemons. This recipe makes about 16 lemon bars and requires about one hour to prepare and cook.
If you choose to add grated lemon peel, only grate the yellow part, as the white portion is quite bitter. You may add yellow food color to the egg and sugar mixture to give the filling a bright lemon color. Add flavor to the lemon crust by adding vanilla extract to the crust recipe.
Another tip to ensure that this recipe is a success is to taste the lemons for sourness before using them to make the lemon bars. If the lemons are too sour, add a bit more sugar to the mixture. If they are a bit sweet, reduce the sugar a little.