Graham Moist Lemon Bars

Graham Moist Lemon Bars

30 Reviews 2 Pics
Carrie Romer
Recipe by  Carrie Romer

“When my brother about broke his teeth on the crust of some lemon bars, I thought I would try to make them chewier with graham cracker crumbs as the crust.”

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Original recipe yields 3 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, softened butter or margarine, and 2 tablespoons sugar. Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Beat eggs, sugar, flour, and lemon juice. (If mixture is too thick, water may be added to thin it.) Pour the mixture over the hot graham cracker crust. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  4. Dust the top with confectioners' sugar. After cooling, cut into squares.

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These are much better than I thought they'd be. Be careful baking the graham cracker crust-15 minutes should do it. Mine started to brown along the edges. When making the lemon filling, I beat each ingredient for about a minute & ended up with a light & fluffy batter. I kept it in the oven an extra 5 minutes with the heat off, to set the middle of the lemon filling more. Will make again.



I made a few adjustments which were the only things keeping me from rating the original recipe with five stars. The graham crust required no mental adjustment for me--this is how my mom always made them! Basically because I wanted a really tart square, I added a splash extra lemon juice (regular ole bottled stuff) and did like nora and only added 2.5 cups of sugar. Added an extra tbsp or so of flour to the filling; it seemed a little watery. I also omitted the confectioner's sugar. As I say; I wanted 'em tart. Began eating them out of the pan only mostly cooled--a very good sign! In fact, I was shocked hear my ultra-picky fiance making happy noises while he ate.



This is a very good bar as is but I have also made it with key lime juice and cut the sugar down by 1/2 cup and it won raves from my family.

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Amount Per Serving (18 total)

  • Calories
  • 248 cal
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 6.7 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs
  • 45.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 101 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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