Sour Cream Lemon Bars #GayLeaFoods

Today, I bring you Sour Cream Lemon Bars.  A little burst of sunshine right before the first day of Spring.

Lemon Bars are a dessert that reminds me of my family and growing up.  My mom always had her go-to desserts that never failed. Her Homemade Cheesecake always was a bit hit in our house, along with her Lemon Bars, Mandarin Orange Cake and her Butterscotch Marshmallow Squares at Christmastime.

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I just spent a whole week away with my family at March Break and I really got a chance to see how we all interact and how we deal with each other spending a week sharing one room.  For the most part it was a successful trip but one week in close quarters was long enough!

One main goal of this trip for my husband and myself was to teach our children about being grateful and appreciative for what we have.  As we travelled to our resort my children got to see first-hand how other people live and how much they can live without and still be happy.  We passed houses that were made out of cinder blocks with no windows and some houses that were as big as our whole kitchen.  They were amazed at the conditions of the houses and buildings and wanted to help.

We brought with us some toiletries and about a dozen pairs of gently used shoes that we were able to give out to a family who had twin boys about the same age as our sons.  I was surprised at how eager my kids were to hand out their own stuff to those in need. Every time we went out to eat my kids would want to personally give the tip to the waiter/waitress and say thank you.  When you think your time and effort to teach your children positive values are going unseen, it takes moments like these for you to see that your hard work as a parent is paying off.

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Without family, however, I don’t think we would all be the people we are today.  They shape our upbringing, teach us valuable lessons, how to deal with conflict, but most importantly, they teach us to love unconditionally.

Another family that I’d like to talk about this week is the Gay Lea Foods Family.  I’ve been honoured to be a Gay Lea Ambassador over the past year and I am proud to feature their products in my baking. They are a family of farmers who are dedicated to providing the best products to their customers.

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Gay Lea’s story began back in 1958 as a small group of Ontario farmers who came together with a common vision – to create a dairy co-operative.  They felt they could build a better future for themselves and their communities by supporting one another, by working collaboratively and living according to their co-operative principles.  Even though, over the years, things have changed and tastes have evolved they haven’t changed their values.  After all, their values were born on the farm.

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It takes a whole family of farmers, workers at the production and distribution facilities and every other Gay Lea employee a commitment, passion and collaboration to provide a product that takes no short-cuts on quality.  Gay Lea is proud of its family and are proud to share their story.  They know that today’s customers want real products they can trust – and Gay Lea definitely delivers on that.

Sour Cream Lemon Bars | A Sweet Baker

Sour Cream Lemon Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

If you're looking for a bar that has an amazing buttery, brown sugar crust and filled with lemony goodness then these bars are IT!


    For the Crust and Topping:
  • 1/2 cup Gay Lea salted butter, melted and then cooled to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup Gay Lea Gold sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon


Preheat oven to 375 F. Line an 8X8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together the salt, brown sugar, flour, baking and baking soda.
Reserve 3/4 cup of the mixture for the topping.
Pour crust mixture into the prepared baking pan and press down with the back of a fork or spoon and set aside.
In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the sour cream, sugar, flour, egg, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk on medium for 2-3 minutes or until creamy and smooth.
Pour the filling over the prepared crust.
Sprinkle the reserved topping evenly over the filling.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Cut into bars and enjoy!
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Recipe adapted from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

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  1. Lovely! I never tire of lemon sweets.

  2. Jean Gorecki says:

    Liz reading your post brought tears to my eyes. You both are doing a great job about making your children aware of the world around them. I’m proud of you and I’m proud of them. {{hugs}}

  3. Oh man these sour cream lemon bars look to die for, Liz! My mom always made lemon bars when I was growing up, and I feel like I haven’t had them in ages. Now’s as good a time as ever lol. :D

  4. Elizabeth! These look soooooo delicious!!!!

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