March Baking Challenge

Lemon bars


March 2019 Baking Challenge: Lemon Bars

January was all about yeast, February was all about chocolate, and March will be all about springtime! This month I’m showing you how to make classic lemon bars, a seemingly easy recipe where many things could go wrong. Under-baked, over-baked, too sweet, too tangy, etc. My perfected recipe was published in Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook, but tomorrow’s recipe includes 1 small update. Stay tuned!

And if you don’t like lemon, I have another citrus variation. 🙂


Everyone who participates in the March Baking Challenge is automatically entered. See below for How to Join Sally’s Baking Challenge. My assistants and I keep track of your photos and randomly select a winner at the end of the month. This giveaway is open to the whole world. Giveaway ends on March 31st 2019.

1 winner will receive: $250 Amazon Gift Card. A winner will be selected at random and posted in the April Baking Challenge blog post on April 1st 2019.

How to Join Sally's Baking Challenge

  1. Recipe: On or around the 1st of each month, I publish a new challenge recipe. Sign up for instant email updates so you’re alerted as soon as a new challenge recipe is published!
  2. Bake & Comment: Bake the recipe during that month, then come back and comment on the recipe and tell me how it went.
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Let’s Review the February Baking Challenge

February Baking Challenge: Homemade Chocolate Truffles

The amount of participation in the February 2019 Sally’s Baking Challenge illustrates the power of chocolate. This dearly loved flavor was enjoyed by hundreds as you prepared your own homemade truffles. We saw most of the participation Valentine’s Day week, but over 100 of you made them ON THE FIRST DAY! Thank you so much for joining me in February and leaving your reviews on the recipe.

By the way, there were some creative chocolate truffle toppings we saw this month include crushed white cheddar cheez-its, freeze-dried strawberries, potato chips! We gathered as many chocolate truffles photo entries as we could and include them below. (Email is the best way to guarantee your photo will be included!)

Giveaway winner for February is Kelly and she has been notified. 🙂


  1. My dad used to love all things lemon. We could always count on him sharing his stash of lemon drops, and he always requested lemon meringue pie for his birthday. I’ll have to make these in his honor! Wish he was still here to enjoy them with us!

  2. These lemon bars are delicious! The shortbread crust goes so well with the sweet and tart lemon filling. We enjoyed them warm after an hour of cooling!

  3. I enjoyed making these today. It didn’t take a lot of time and I had all the indgredients at home. I made half the recipe in a 9×9 pan.
    I probably overbake mine because the lemon filling was a little dense, or maybe it’s supposed to be like that, ( not sure).

  4. Made the Lemon Bars this past weekend and they were ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!!! Will be making these over and over again. Next time I’ll be sure and post a picture,(they didn’t last long..LOL

  5. I loved the simplicity of the recipe! A shortbread crust is my favorite and the curd was a perfect combination of creamy and tart.

  6. Made a full pan of lemon, and then half batches of lime and mandarin orange. The family enjoyed them all, but the kids were all in love with the lime. 🙂

  7. Finally did a baking challenge this month! I made pink grapefruit bars to serve at my daughter’s first birthday! They went over well even though I forgot to add the powdered sugar top 🙂

  8. My husband and children love Lemon Bars and I am always looking for new recipes! I tried your recipe and they are going to be my new favorite for the family! My son in law is even a fan! The shortbread crust is to die for!!

  9. Loved this recipe! It tasted like a bite of spring, much needed after this brutal winter. It was also easy enough to follow that I had 4 “helpers” under age 8 and it still turned out perfect.

  10. Loved this recipe so much! It is perfect to celebrate the start of spring. I made the lemon bars gluten-free as I don’t tolerate gluten and they turned out delicious. I served them to my (non-gluten-free) friends on my birthday party and everybody loved them!

  11. Had such fun baking this recipe! Made it with a couple of different types of citrus and received rave reviews each time. Thanks for another great recipe! 🙂

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