The perfect lemon bars


The perfect lemon bars …sweet, tart and chewy with a thick crust.

I made these lemon bars a few weeks ago and loved how they turned out! I have to admit… lemon bars are not usually the dessert I go for. I’m more of a chocolate girl. These lemon bars were absolutely perfect though and I’ve been craving them ever since. They have the perfect amount of lemon and the crust is nice and thick. This is definitely one of my new favorite recipes. I can’t wait to make them again! They are perfect for Spring (which I hope is coming soon)! ;)

Lemon bars

The best lemon bars recipe on I Heart Nap Time


Lemon bars


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 11/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
  • Powdered sugar (to sprinkle on top)


Pre-heat oven to 350°.
Blend together the butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium sized bowl. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until firm.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1/4 cups flour. Next whisk in the eggs, lemon juice and lemon extract. Then pour over the baked crust.
Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven when firm and allow to cool. Do not allow the lemon to brown. It will firm up as the bars cool. Sprinkle with fresh powdered sugar and cut into bars.

Recipe slightly adapted from All recipes

Lemon bars recipe on I Heart Nap Time


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:33 am (#

    Lemon bars are my FAVORITE! These look super fabulous and simple!

  2. Katie posted on February 21, 2014 at 8:19 am (#

    LOVE lemon bars…but always seem to have a hard time finding the “perfect” recipe…I can’t wait to try these!

  3. chrissy posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:11 am (#

    Beautiful pictures. I might have to make these of some family members that love lemon bars!

  4. Stephanie posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:51 am (#

    Im not a huge fan of lemon, but this looks incredible!

  5. Mallory @ Classy Clutter posted on February 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm (#

    I looooove lemon anything! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Pat C. posted on February 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm (#

    Ooh, how yummy they look! I haven’t baked anything in years, but I just might give these a go!! (It’s actually, er, for medicinal purposes, you know–I have to cleanse my body of all the chocolate I’ve been eating since Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing the recipe! xoxo

  7. Amy at Living Locurto posted on February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am (#

    Yum! These look amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on February 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm (#

      I love these sweet and tart lemons bars, they make me crave spring!!

  8. Kd posted on June 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm (#

    I only have I salted butter … Will that work? Should I add salt?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 5, 2014 at 5:24 pm (#

      You can use salted or unsalted! :)

  9. PeggyA posted on September 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm (#

    Made these last night for a friend’s party today.  Oh, my!  The hardest part is sharing them!  They are soooo yummy!  I did use the juice from 4 lemons.  For the extract I grated the inside of a couple pieces of the rind.  So I splurged a bit but my hubby loves lemon.  What a great flavor!  There were so many recipes to chose from.  So glad I found yours.  

    • Jamielyn posted on September 20, 2014 at 11:27 pm (#

      I’m glad you enjoyed these Peggy! I agree, these lemon bars are definitely hard to share. :)

  10. Oks posted on April 12, 2015 at 8:57 am (#

    The are soooooooooo delicious! Our family loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Kiera posted on May 14, 2017 at 8:41 am (#

    Can you keep them in the fridge if you don’t eat them in one night.

  12. Kiera posted on May 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm (#

    This are amazing made them for Mothers Day they were to die for I am so going to make them again