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Lemon Bars

April 14, 2018 (Last Updated: July 21, 2020)

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These lemon bars are a perfect balance between sweet and tart. Made with fresh lemons and a shortbread crust, these lemon bars will become a favorite dessert. 

A pan full of lemon bars.   

I am ready for spring and I thought we were almost there.  The snow is gone (except up in the mountains.)  Bulbs are starting to pop up.  The days are longer and the sun….oh the sun has been shining! 

Three lemon bars topped with powdered sugar on a plate.

Then yesterday hit!  Cold, rainy snowy mix, dark clouds, cold temperatures.  Sigh….  I need a little sunshine back so I am sharing with you these lemon bars!

They are just like a little slice of sunshine.  Just one look puts a smile on your face 🙂  And the taste….puts an even bigger smile on your face!

Fresh lemons on a board.

I love lemon and these lemon bars bring out the full lemon flavor.  They aren’t too sweet…just the perfect balance between sweet and tart.

A bite out of a lemon dessert.

I hope these lemon bars bring a bit of sunshine into your day!

Lemon bars served on a small white plate.

Tips for making lemon bars

  • Always use fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Don’t skip the lemon zest. The zest provides more flavor than the juice itself
  • Let lemon bars cool completely before slicing
  • Bars are best eaten the same day they are made

How much juice do you get from a lemon?

Lemons vary in size and some are juicier than others, but on average you can get 2 tablespoon of juice from a lemon. 

Recipes with fresh lemon juice

If you are looking for additional recipes that use lemon, you won’t want to miss Raspberry Lemon Muffins, Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream, Blueberry Lemon Bars and Mini Lemon Tarts.

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A perfect afternoon snack of a plate of lemon bars.

Lemon Bars

Delicious lemon bars with a shortbread crust.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars
Calories 168 kcal



  • 3/4 cup butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest


  • powdered sugar for dusting



  • For the crust: Add butter, 1 1/2 cups flour and powdered sugar into a food processor.
  • Pulse until crumbly. This mixture will appear very dry.
  • Pour into a baking dish. Pat down with hands so it is slightly compacted. The powdered sugar will seem dry and powdery.
  • Bake crust in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.


  • Meanwhile in the same food processor bowl, add eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice and zest. Puree until well mixed.
  • When crust comes out of oven, let cool for 5 minutes. While still warm, pour lemon mixture over crust. Return to oven for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool completely.


  • Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.


These bars are best eaten the same day they are made.


Serving: 1barCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 51mgPotassium: 26mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 4.6mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.6mg
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    January 19, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    5 stars
    Fresh lemons make a great bar.

  • Reply
    April 20, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    You know, I’ve eaten many a lemon bar in my life but I’ve never actually made them myself. Whelp, that’s all about to change bc this recipe looks too tempting to pass up!!

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