Queen Pauline’s Lemon Bars

My friend Pauline, long-time Gig Harbor resident and its former queen, is noted for her lemon bars. In fact, no one ever makes lemon bars in Gig Harbor, if Pauline is bringing hers. None can compare. I have her recipe because I make these lemon bars for our elderly neighbor—I would never dare make them for a Gig Harbor function. I asked Pauline if I could include her lemon bar recipe in my website favorites, and she graciously agreed. However, I did promised that none of you would serve her lemon bars to anyone who lives in or near Gig Harbor!


1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
dash of salt

4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups sugar
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
6 tbsp flour
powdered sugar, sprinkling


Mix the crust ingredients together. Pat the dough into a  9 ½” x 13” pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 – 20 minutes. While the crust in baking, combine the slightly-beaten eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and flour in a bowl. Blend well, making sure the mixture is smooth.

When the crust has baked 18-20 minutes, pour the lemon mixture on top of the crust.  Smooth the topping evenly over the crust. Bake about 25 minutes or until the crust is slightly browned. Sprinkle the topping with powdered sugar upon removing the bars from the oven. Place on a cooling rack. Cut into squares. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.