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Mom's Best Recipe - Grandma’s Frosted Lemon Bars
My grandma finishes her legendary lemon bars with an addictive, sweet-tart buttercream frosting.
I come from a family of sweet tooths, in which my Grandma Anne is the matriarch. Among the personality traits I inherited from her—putzy, night owl, dry sense of humor, expert gift-wrapper—a need for something sweet after every meal has made us partners in crime for life. The fact that Grandma is a scratch baker has only added to my appreciation for what dessert should taste like. The woman does not cut corners. In fact, for today’s recipe, she uses a strip of cardboard to ensure that every bar is cut uniformly into perfect squares.
But the real marvel is how much better these lemon bars taste compared to any others. I’ve dabbled in the competition—on dessert tables, at baby showers, from bake sales—and they have NOTHING on my Grandma’s. She not only makes hers with love but also with lots of fresh lemon juice for a sweet-tart taste that’s so much more complex and delicious than most. Also, there’s the frosting. Buttercream with lemon zest. Need I say more?