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The Ultimate Lemon and Lime Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, lemon, recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16
Author Press Print Party



  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups White All Purpose Flour


  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 cup White All Purpose Flour
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 Lemons or 5 Limes, juiced
  • 2 drops green food coloring for lime bars (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°

Prepare the Crust

  1. Blend the softened butter, the 2 cups of flour and the 1/2 cup of sugar in a medium bowl.

  2. Press evenly in the bottom of an ungreased 9" x 13" pan

  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. When done it should be firm and golden.

Make the filling

  1. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour and sugar

  2. Whisk in the eggs and the lemon or lime juice. Add the food coloring if desired.

  3. Pour the filling over the baked crust.

  4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

  5. Let the bars cool out of the oven before cutting. They will firm up as they cool.

Recipe Notes

Prepare one batch each of the lemon and the lime bars. Cut them all into squares and arrange them in a checkerboard pattern for an impressive dessert.