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Summertime Lemon Bars

Finally, it’s summer time in the Bay Area! Summer for me means bright refreshing flavors, and that’s exactly what you get with this lemon bar recipe. These bars are the perfect mix of tangy and sweet. The best thing about these lemon bars (besides being delicious) is that they are ridiculously quick and easy to make, which means more time to enjoy our nice long summer days.



3/4 cup - butter, melted and slightly cooled

2/3 cup - powder sugar

1 1/2 cups - all purpose flour

1 teaspoon - vanilla extract


3 eggs

1 1/2 cups - sugar

1/4 cup - fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons - AP flour

1/4 tsp. - lemon extract (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 11 X 7 glass pan.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Mix all crust ingredients and spread/push evenly into your prepared pan. Bake the crust for 18-20 minutes until it just starts to brown around the edges.

While the crust is baking, mix all filling ingredients thoroughly.

Pour the filling over the crust (it’s ok if the crust is hot). Bake bars for 22-28 minutes. The bars will form a crust in the center and start to brown around the edges.

Let cool 30-45 minutes so the filling can set before you cut and serve the bars. If you want to impress your guests, sift powdered sugar over the bars and add garnish to make them look fancy.

This recipe was written by Dale McCoy, an experienced baker and resident of El Sobrante.

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