lemon bars recipe
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5 from 5 votes

Lemon bars recipe

The perfect lemon bar recipe - these have the most delicious buttery shortbread crust and the most delicious lemon filling. These are perfect for lemon lovers!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon bars
Servings: 24
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye



  • 1 cup salted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar , can sub with granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Lemon filling:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice , about 3 lemons
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Powdered sugar , to sprinkle on top


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13" glass pan with parchment paper if desired. 
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and flour with a pastry cutter or mixer. Press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until firm. Do not let brown. 
  • In a separate bowl, beat or whisk the eggs. Then add in the sugar, flour, lemon juice, lemon zest and baking powder. Whisk until smooth and combined. Then pour over the baked crust.
  • Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until firm. Do not allow the lemon to brown. Remove from oven when firm and no longer jiggly. Allow to cool.  The filling will firm up as the bars cool. It is normal for there to be air bubbles on top. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. 
  • Once the bars have cooled, sprinkle with fresh powdered sugar and cut into 24 bars. Store the bars in the refrigerator for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months. 



Tip: Line your pan with parchment paper or foil to easily remove the bars from the pan.
If you'd like a more tart lemon flavor add in a Tablespoon of lemon zest to the filling. 


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 78mg | Potassium: 35mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.7mg