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Lemon Bars

Extra lemony lemon bars. Your taste buds will love ya!

These lemon bars are a perfect balance between sweet and tart. 

A pan full of lemon bars.

This post was originally published in March 2016. The pictures and recipe have been updated.  

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! 

A perfect afternoon snack of a plate of lemon bars.

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 ready to be squeezed for lemon bars.

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.

Are you ready for a perfect bite of lemon? These lemon bars are sure to please!

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

Lemon bars are perfectly lemony and tart.

5 from 6 votes
A perfect afternoon snack of a plate of lemon bars.
Lemon Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 
Delicious lemon bars with a shortbread crust.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 168 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
Crust
  • 3/4 cup butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
Filling
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
Serving
  • powdered sugar for dusting
Instructions
Crust
  1. For the crust: Add butter, 1 1/2 cups flour and powdered sugar into a food processor.
  2. Pulse until crumbly. This mixture will appear very dry.
  3. Pour into a baking dish. Pat down with hands so it is slightly compacted. The powdered sugar will seem dry and powdery.
  4. Bake crust in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
Filling
  1. Meanwhile in the same food processor bowl, add eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice and zest. Puree until well mixed.
  2. 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.
  3. Let cool completely.
Serving
  1. Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 51mg 2%
Potassium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Sugars 17g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 5.6%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 3.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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40 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    March 2, 2016 at 7:57 am

    There is something about the combination of lemon and shortbread that makes me smile. Yes, these definitely do feel like spring. It’s like spring in each bite. They look wonderful!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks

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    Agness
    March 2, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Perfectly cut and served – mniam! Perfect Sunday dessert 🙂 <3!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Definitively perfect for Sunday dessert….and Monday….and Tuesday….

  • Reply
    Meghan | Fox and Briar
    March 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Yessss, bring on spring! My favorite season. Lemon bars are such a perfect springy dessert!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      I love when everything starts to grow and leaf out and bloom.

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    March 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I love these lemon bars. They look so flavourful and Simply Heaven!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      They are so full of lemon flavor.

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    [email protected]
    March 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Omg I love love lemon bars!! Thanks for the reminder that I need to make some soon!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      I hope you make some quick!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    March 2, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Is there anything more spring-like than lemon bars? Absolutely not! 😉 My Hubby loves lemon bars so I’ll have to make them for him now that I have your recipe. Plus I just bought a bunch of fresh lemons the other day because they were on sale so it’s meant to be!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      These bars are a perfect way to use up those lemons!

  • Reply
    Adina
    March 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I love the simplicity of these lemon bars. I’ve made lemon bars a few times, but the recipes were so long and complicated. I’m glad to find something that is quicker to make, then I can enjoy them more regularly, they are just so good.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Very simple to make…and very delicious to eat!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 3, 2016 at 4:39 am

    These look lusciously lemony Kathy! Lemon bars are always a hit at my house! I haven’t made them in a while! Perfect sweet treat to welcome spring!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      Or anytime of year…:)

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 3, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I love lemon bars! I haven’t made them in quite a while now, but I totally want to go make a batch. And that’s the thing about the weather this time of the year. Just when you think you might be in the clear, Old Man Winter jumps in for another round of fun. He’s such a grumpy old man! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      No worries…we can always bake another batch of lemon bars to chase away the winter blues.

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    March 3, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Absolutely LOVE lemon!! Seriously, one of my favourite things, especially in dessert form 🙂 These just scream Spring. Yay!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      I love lemon in just about everything too!

  • Reply
    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    March 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    These lemon bars sure brought some sunshine to my day! We had a few teasing days of sun and today we’re back to dark and rainy. Boo!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      Oh no for the rain….we need more sunshine! Bring on the lemon bars.

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    March 4, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Wow! These bars look gorgeously yum, Kathy. Indeed a perfect combo of sweet and tart. YUM!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 4, 2016 at 5:01 am

      They didn’t last long. Everyone ate them right up!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    March 4, 2016 at 4:23 am

    My local grocery store used to make the best lemon bars ~ and then they cut them because they weren’t selling enough. The nerve. I’ll have to try making my own now.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

      I can’t believe they weren’t selling enough! I’d buy the whole lot!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    March 4, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Oh I love the sweet tart combo of lemon bars Kathy. These look great and I’m all about putting a little sunshine in my mouth these days. We’ve had a lot of rain in NH lately, and now I’m up in Quebec City this weekend. And it is, as we say, wicked cold here! -15 on the thermometer this morning. EEK! Needing a lemon bar. Or two!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Brrrr…..you need a lemon bar and a cup of tea!

  • Reply
    Fran @ G'day Souffle'
    April 14, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Yum, no wonder you’re posting this recipe again- we could all use some sunshine now! This recipe looks easy and delicious. I’ll be thinking of you and your sunshine- we’re heading into Fall now in Australia!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 14, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      I made these again last weekend. They are a regular for us during spring and summer. I’ve been updating pictures of older posts…I’ve learned a lot the last couple of years and am hoping my photography is improving!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    April 15, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Lemon bars are one of my favorite desserts Kathy! Perfect perk-up when snow is still falling this time of year!! They look awesome!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      The weather has been iffy everywhere! We definitely need some spring!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    April 17, 2018 at 4:33 am

    I remember when you posted these the first time, Kathy! (Wow, we’ve been friends for a while now…awesome!) I’m a sucker for lemon bars, though, so I’m always happy to see more of ’em. Lemon desserts are the only way to go right now with the weather staying so cold. Great photos, my friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

      I’m certain the weather will become more spring like….one of these days!

  • Reply
    allie
    April 17, 2018 at 8:28 am

    These are gorgeous Kathy!!! Love the new photos. Lemon in springtime is the best. I think I’ve posted a lemon recipe on my blog for the past three weeks. xo

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 19, 2018 at 5:13 am

      Lemon does seem to brighten everything up!

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    [email protected]
    April 17, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Desserts that have the perfect balance of sweet and tart always get my attention! These look fabulous!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 19, 2018 at 5:14 am

      Lemon is one of my favorite…but then again, just about any dessert is a favorite with me! 🙂

  • Reply
    CakePants
    April 17, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Yes, this is EXACTLY what I need after starting my day by slipping and sliding all over the roads in near whiteout conditions. These are so bright and cheery – even if we can’t see or feel sunshine, at least we can taste it 🙂

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    Christina
    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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