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Sweet and Sunny Lemon Cookie Bars

By: Jennifer from slowcookergourmet.net
Updated June 14, 2018
Sweet and Sunny Lemon Cookie Bars
Sweet and Sunny Lemon Cookie Bars
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If you are on the hunt for a lemon bars recipe that matches the bright sunshine outside or brings a bit of sun to a cloudy day, then these Sweet and Sunny Lemon Cookie Bars are a must-make. Using the slow cooker to make these lemon bars allows you to combine all of the ingredients and then leave the recipe to cook for a few hours while you do other things. Jarred lemon curd saves you prep-time for these bars, but still packs in tons of tart, lemony flavor. These are great to bring to a pot luck, bake sale, or to serve proudly on your own dessert table! The flavor will wow people! 


  • Lemon zest is the most aromatic and flavorful after it's first removed, so use immediately. 

  • Lemon juice may be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen for future use.  

  • Always remove the zest first before halving or squeezing a lemon. 

  • Thin, smooth-skinned lemons kept at room temperature will yield the most juice. 

  • To extract the most juice from a lemon, first roll the lemon on a flat surface, exerting light pressure. This will squash the membranes, making it easier to juice or squeeze.

  • Thick, bumpy-textured cold lemons give the maximum amount of zest. 

  • Lemon zest, depending on its use, can come in many forms. A few examples are: long wide strips, julienne-style, or finely grated. Use a potato peeler to achieve long or wide strips, a zester to julienne, and a grater for a finely-grated lemon zest. 

  • Learn how to zest a lemon in this easy tutorial.

  • When removing the outer rind, or zest, do not remove the white pith, which is very bitter and not meant for consumption.

Serves12

Slow Cooker Time HIGH2 hr

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I also was unable to find the lemon curd. I tried three stores, and I don't grocery shop online. Does anybody have a recipe for how to make the stuff from scratch? I saw it done on TV in a saucepan before, but cannot recall the ingredients. I REALLY want to try this recipe - it looks so bright and refreshing!

Hi kmcartoonity, we have this recipe for lemon curd on our site. You can make it in the slow cooker! https://www.allfreeslowcookerrecipes.com/Slow-Cooker-Dessert-Recipes/Slow-Cooker-Lemon-and-Strawberry-Curd - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

I want to make these, but I am like msdeb21, I have no idea where to get the lemon curd. This is not an ingredient that I normally see in my grocery store. Is there a specialty store where you have to buy it, or is it something only in the UK or Australia, or something else?

Hi SissieSass, lemon curd can usually be found with the jams and jellies. I hope that helps! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

These bars look amazing! I also can't believe they were made in a slow cooker. I love it when other people make lemon bars, but I have never tried to make them. Once I figure out where to buy lemon curd, I am making these! Won't they be great for Easter?

It's hard to believe that these bars were made in the slow cooker! Can't wait to try them.

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