Lemon bar dessert with powdered sugar, lemon zest and raspberry
The Origin Of Lemon Bars Only Dates Back To The Early 1960s
The buttery lemon bars are the sugary combination of shortbread and lemon curd baked together, forming sunny little bar cookies, which have been around since the early 1960s.
Shortbread took its current sweet and crumbly form in the 16th century, lemon curd appeared in cookery books of the early 1800s, and bar cookies came about in the 1930s.
However, they all came together to form the lemon bars we love today only in 1962. The Chicago Tribune first published the recipe from Mrs. Eleanore Mickelson on August 27.
Published under "Today's $5 Favorite Recipe" column, the recipe got nationwide attention the following year when an identical version was published in the Betty Crocker Cookbook.