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Calamansi Bars (Lemon Bars)

2.86 from 7 votes
Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Filipino
Keyword: calamansi bars, how to make calamansi bars, how to make lemon bars, lemon bars
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 16 squares
Author: Olive
I adapted the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Lemon Squares recipe. The recipe for the filling, from JoytheBaker
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center.
  • Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Line pan with two crisscrossed rectangles of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.


  • In a food processor, pulse flour with confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Add butter, pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press into bottom and ¾ inch up sides of prepared pan.
  • Refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Bake until crust is lightly browned 20 minutes.
  • Let cool slightly in pan.
  • Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees.


  • In a bowl, beat eggs with a whisk or with an electric mixer until thick.
  • Beat in granulated sugar, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Pour over warm crust.
  • Bake until set, about 20 minutes.
  • Cool to room temperature, refrigerate about 1 hour.
  • Using the paper overhang as an aid, lift square from pan.
  • Sift remaining tablespoon confectioners' sugar over the top.
  • Cut into 16 squares.
  • Enjoy!


Do not dust with powdered sugar until it has completely cooled. And don’t forget to refrigerate first, I tried once without chilling it first, it just absorbed the powdered sugar and it sort of melted. Well, just wait a little while and chill it first. It’ll be worth it 🙂
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