Lemon Bars

Allan Penn


For the crust

  • 2 Cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  salt
  • 1 Cup  unsalted butter, at room temperature

For the filling

  • 2 Cups  granulated sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon  baking powder
  • large eggs
  • 1/3 Cup  freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Teaspoons  lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon  heavy cream
  • 1/4 Cup  confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Happy birthday, Lady Bird Johnson. A gracious and intelligent first lady, she helped make the Johnson administration environmentally active by championing multiple legislation initiatives. After leaving Washington, she continued to devote herself to the land through various endeavors, including the founding of the National Wildflower Research Center and the beautification of Austin’s Town Lake, both of which were renamed in her honor. Lady Bird was a good hostess and had a number of recipes, including the Texas favorite, lemon squares. My version is similar to hers. She didn’t add cream, but I’ve found that a little cream tones down the acid of the lemon without diminishing its flavor.


For the crust

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place a rack in the center. Spray a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with flour-added baking spray or line it with nonstick foil.

Make the crust: In the bowl of a food processor, mix the flour, sugar, and the salt; add the butter and pulse until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press down to make a crust. Bake the crust for 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Let the crust cool slightly in the pan while you prepare the filling.

For the filling

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, baking powder, eggs, lemon juice, and zest. Stir in the cream. Spoon over the crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Let cool completely in the pan. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Grasp the foil, lift from the pan, set on a cutting board, and cut into 32 squares.


Calories per serving:

294 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 209g 322%
  • Carbs 679g 226%
  • Saturated 127g 634%
  • Fiber 7g 30%
  • Trans 7g
  • Sugars 482g
  • Monounsaturated 56g
  • Polyunsaturated 11g
  • Protein 47g 95%
  • Cholesterol 1,077mg 359%
  • Sodium 1,783mg 74%
  • Calcium 545mg 55%
  • Magnesium 86mg 22%
  • Potassium 646mg 18%
  • Iron 15mg 84%
  • Zinc 4mg 27%
  • Phosphorus 1,099mg 157%
  • Vitamin A 1,885µg 209%
  • Vitamin C 37mg 61%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 137%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 125%
  • Niacin (B3) 15mg 75%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 21%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 552µg 138%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 29%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 39%
  • Vitamin K 18µg 22%
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