Grandma Myrtle Lemon Bars



I bet you know someone who has every kitchen gadget ever invented and can’t function in the kitchen without all that gadgetry.

Well Grandma Myrtle isn’t really into gadgets when it comes to cooking. She has the same rolling pin that her mom had; she even did a lot of the mixing with her strong sturdy loving hands.  Grandma liked to use the basics, a large spoon, a few different sizes forks, and a few knives that have hung on that kitchen wall above the stove for 50 years now.

I always heard music in her cooking; I would sit at the wooden table facing the old wood stove, embracing the heat emanating from it, low slow warmth that filled the world around me.

The music began as Grandma got out her essentials for her baking or cooking of the day, the pots and pans that clanged together, the rustling of the drawers as she pulled out her favorite spoon.

Wonderful symphonies began to build as the bags of flour, sugar, and baking powder all came down from the cupboards and were set upon the baking island.  When she opened and closed the refrigerator door for milk or butter or what not, that added a depth to the sounds playing.

The finale came when she poured and started to mix her batter with a wooden spoon, the whap whap whap as she went around and around that bowl.

I always felt that she was humming, or singing to herself during her symphony, I swear I could hear a soft song coming from her lips, perhaps she was conductor of all this, and encouraging her symphony members to play a little louder or softer depending upon their part in the production.

The day I was able to take part in the making of her infamous lemon bars, it filled me with the song, and the wonderful bold smell of all that lemon zest and juice, flour, sugar and butter.

Light flaky crust, a rich filling, covered in icing sugar, you can hear the symphony from the first to the last bite.




Grandma Myrtle Lemon Bars

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 50 min Rest Time 10 min Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 32
Best Season: Winter


Light flaky crust, a rich filling, covered in icing sugar, you can hear the symphony from the first to the last bite.





  1. Mix ingredients for crust together, press into an ungreased 9x13 pan, bake 20 at 350, let cool.
  2. Mix filling together, lemon juice, zest, sugar, flour and eggs well and pour into crust and bake for another 25 mins, Sprinkle top with powdered sugar, cool and cut into bars Makes 32 Bars


These lemon bars are so refreshing and light.
Keywords: lemon, sugar, flour, zest, bars, dessert, fresh, butter, powdered sugar, grandma
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