This box mix is actually a time saver since making lemon bars from scratch can take up a good portion of your day. That being said, while this box mix is good, they are not as good as lemon bars made from scratch. Contessa Garten has a lemon bar recipe that is so good it will make you want to lie down and scream.
I made her recipe once and of course I messed up. I put the base in a pan that was too small so I had to then put the lemon custard in a different pan. When I served the lemon bars it was more a shortbread cookie with a lump of lemon curd sitting on top of it. And it was still delicious. Contessa Garten’s recipes are such that if you misstep you can usually still end up with something worth eating.
I handed a serving of the messy ‘lemon bar’ to a friend of mine who took one look at the misshapen mess and said, “Aren’t these supposed to be more attached?” When I offered to give it to someone else, he tucked it close into his chest like a football or a newborn and said, “No, no, this is perfect.”
That’s what I thought.