As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Spring Dessert {Lemon Bars}

It is spring! It is warming up! Time for lemon bars! 

Springtime always has me thinking lemon...lemon pie, lemon poppyseed muffins (with strawberry butter?), lemon blueberry scones, lemon ginger tea, lemon garlic chicken. A grocery store about 30 minutes from me has a lemon crumb pie that makes me swoon. The fact that it is in a brown box and wrapped in baker's twine only adds to its appeal. And I can be in the mood for it any time of year!

Without making a trip to the grocery store, I recently pulled out this tried-and-true recipe for lemon bars and we reveled in the springtime.  

A little tart, a little sweet...the perfect combo for a springtime treat.

1 cup butter 
2 cups flour

1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
pinch of salt

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons flour

6 tablespoons lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, flour, confectioner's sugar, and salt. Mix together and press into 13x9 pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.  
  3. While baking, combine eggs, sugar, flour, and lemon juice. Pour over baked crust and bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Cool and refrigerate several hours. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and cut.  

What is your favorite lemony treat? 

Tomorrow...Gathering the Moments

Thinking About Home


  1. Great minds think alike! I posted the recipe I used to lemon cupcakes for Easter! Yum!

    We are huge lemon fans at our house.

    I really like the way you do a color block for your recipes. I need to figure out how to do that!

    We have a rainy day on tap and something lemony would be delightful, but alas! we have no lemons. I can diffuse some lemon essential oil though, and the smell will be delightful!


  2. I just came from Deanna's blog, too. There seems to be a lemon theme...

    We love lemon bars, too. We have a funny family story about them when we were visiting Colonial Williamsburg a few years ago with my daughter and her family.

    I stopped by a favorite store that I knew sold lemon bars and was told they had just sold their last one. So when I went to the picnic table where the family was sitting and mentioned it, who should look up at me eating the last of his lemon bar... but my son-in-law.

    We still laugh about the look on is face. We are getting together this summer and lemon bars will be on the menu. ;)

  3. Good morning! Oh you made me remember that we used to have this WONDERFUL recipe for lemon bars. Haven't made them in a few years though. Like a few other things I used to make when my kids were here they disappeared the same day I made them. My middle son was the BIG lemon lover at my house. Always wanted lemon meringue pie for his birthday treat. I often made him lemon cupcakes too if he had a special thing of some sort we were celebrating. To me lemon anything just means John, lol. Enjoy your day!

  4. Awww...I missed the memo about lemon recipes! This could be my new favorite. It sounds perfectly easy. I'm pinning! (I posted a molasses cookie recipe because the weather here has not received the memo about spring yet either. )

  5. You can't go wrong with lemon, a brown box and twine! But, your recipe sounds great and I think I have all those ingredients, too. Yum.

  6. These look and sound luscious. I do love lemony desserts. I am partial to a lemon meringue pie! Or lemon drop cookies. Or a lemon poundcake! I better stop now, I just gained three pounds! xo

  7. I love lemons and lemon bars. We just finished a pan of them, made from my mother's recipe, last week. So delicious.

  8. Lemony flavors are perfect for spring time, aren't they??!

  9. I think I'd say a lemon pudding cake!

  10. I never like lemon desserts when I was younger. I'd still choose chocolate but I'm learning to enjoy lemon in many ways. This looks good enough to try! (and eat). And so beautifully photographed.

  11. OOOOOO! Lemon bars are my favorite lemony dessert. Followed closely by an aunt's lemon pie. And then there was that lemon cake that I made once. It was yummy. I also have a lemon cookie recipe that is out of this world! {You get my point?}

  12. Yummy lemon. I especially get a craving for lemon in the springtime. Just last night I was scrounging around for anything with intense lemon flavor. I was so desperate that I would have even settled for a lemon cough drop! Sigh.

  13. Cheryl, those look scrumptious! Lemon bars are one of my favorite lemon treats (and I'll take a lemon treat over a chocolate one any day!) and I posted what I call my Magical Meyer Lemon Bars (because they're made with whole lemons) in March.

  14. Lemon bars are my favorite lemon dessert. This is much easier than the recipe I've been using. I'm going to try making it this week!

  15. This looks delicious! I like anything flavored with lemon. Chicken Piccata is one of my absolute favorite dishes.


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