Mrs. Iwai’s Amazing Lemon Bars


I am really not a fan of lemon desserts.  Never have been and I don’t think I ever will be.  But these- these are just too good for any lemon-dessert-hater not to just LOOOOOOVE.  These lemon bars were actually my inspiration to start this blog to begin with.  Mrs. Iwai’s lemon bars are elegant, sweet, rich and also evokes feelings of nostalgia.

One of my many aunts, Aunty Amy, always holds 4th of July BBQs and family get-togethers where we get to meet all of her friends and pig out on amazing food.  A lot of it is  Hawaiian or Japanese (including my all time favorite SPAM MUSUBI) and also includes several different types of desserts.  Mrs. Iwai is a dear friend of my Aunt’s who introduced me to the wonderfulness that is her lemon bars.  Mrs. Iwai is one of those women who has a natural talent for cooking food that just makes you feel good because of how awesome it you catch my drift?

Ermahgerd.  These are ridiculously delicious.  I dare any lemon-hater to try this and not fall in love.




2 cups all purpose flour

½ cup powdered sugar

1 cup butter at room temperature


4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (juice of 2 large lemons usually)

¼ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking POWDER

Powdered sugar to sprinkle on top of bars



Combine flour & powdered sugar, then add butter.  Beat with electric mixer until dough forms a ball.  Press into 9X13 baking pan – Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes (light brown edges).  Remove from oven and cool slightly.


Beat eggs until they begin to thicken.  Add sugar & lemon juice, then beat until smooth.  Stir in flour & baking POWDER.  Pour filling mixture over baked crust and bake at 350 for additional 25 minutes.  Should be brown on top and filling should be set.

Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into square.  Mrs. Iwai recommends refrigerating before serving.





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