Pecan Lemon Bars

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2010

I LOVE lemons!

I never used to, but over the last few years, I have become addicted to lemons — especially lemon desserts!

So when I was asked to bring a dessert for our Thanksgiving party this past week, I knew I wanted to do something with lemons. I even opted to for-go the tradition pumpkin and apple desserts for these delicious Pecan Lemon Bars.

They were a hit! {don’t worry, there were still plenty of other pumpkin and apple desserts to go around!}

Don’t they look delicious?

And the best part about these bars — they start out with a package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough!

Don’t you just love making desserts that look gourmet but start from a box or a bag? I do!


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  • 1 {18 oz.} package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 c. chopped pecans — divided
  • 1/3 c. light corn syrup
  • Juice from 1 lemon — about 1/3 c.
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T. butter — melted
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 /3 c. flour
  • confectioners’ sugar — optional

Use a micro-plane grater as a simple way to zest your lemon. Hold the grater on top of the lemon so the zest stays in the grater.


  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Press cookie dough into the bottom of an ungreased 9″x13″ pan. Press 1/2 c. pecans into the dough.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • While crust bakes, combine corn syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, egg, and butter in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Toss remaining 1/2 c. pecans with flour and sugar. Add to lemon mixture.
  • Reduce oven temp. to 350F after you remove the crust.
  • Pour lemon mixture over cookie crust.
  • Bake for an additional 18-20 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack and dust with confectioner’s sugar.
  • Cut into bars or triangles.

See, I told you they were simple!

If you’re holiday schedule looks like mine, then you probably have a bunch more parties and a lot more food to make. Right?

Make your holidays a little less stressful and whip up a double batch of these lemon bars, cut them, and put them in the freezer. Then on the day of your party, simply plop a few on your favorite serving platter, dust them with powdered sugar, and create the illusion of a day spent slaving away in your kitchen!!

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  1. Shelly


    How many do these make? I’m thinking of doing them for a bake sale.


    Andrea Reply:

    they make one 9″x13″ pan 🙂


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  3. Kelly


    These look so good. My son loves lemon bars, and I love finding ways to make things easier. Can’t wait to try them.
    I just discovered your site this weekend and I have been enjoying it so much. Great information. Thank you.


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kelly,
    These bars sound like the perfect choice for your son — simple, delicious, and very lemony!

    Let me know how they turn out!


  4. Cori Anderson


    I will definitely be making these for my “cookie’ exchange next Saturday!!!!


    Andrea Reply:

    Great idea — these would be a great edition to a cookie exchange!