Simple Lemon Bars

Eureka! This is what I exclaimed when I tasted the smooth, creamy, refreshing, and tartly sweet taste of these Simple Lemon Bars. Eureka, also happens to be the most common type of lemon that we use in our every day baking and cooking. I love lemons and I love these lemon bars that I adapted from Ina Gartens recipe. Of course my version is gluten free with a graham cracker crust. I was in a lazy type of mood when I decided to whip up these bars. So, instead of the traditional short bread crust, I made a graham cracker base. I do declare that this is the way I’ll always make lemon bars from now on. Simply the best.


5 large eggs
1 egg yolk
3 teaspoons lemon extract
3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons grated lemon zest (5 lemons)
3/4 cups fresh lemon juice
1 cup gf all purpose flour blend
2 tablespoons corn starch

graham cracker crust
1 package gluten free grahams, pulsed
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

•    Crust| Combine ingredients for the crust in a food processor and pulse until crumbly.
•    Press into the bottom of 8 X 11 glass pan that has been coated with baking spray.
•    Par bake for 11 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for at least 10 minutes

•    For the filling| Whisk together the eggs, yolk, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 70 to 75 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.
•    Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar

Note: I had to bake this for significantly longer than Ina’s recipe for this amount of batter. This is normal.


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