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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 ๐Ÿ™‚  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

Kathy
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

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

  • 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.

Filling

  • 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.

Serving

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

Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1barCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 51mgPotassium: 26mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 4.6mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.6mg
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41 Comments

  • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ These just scream Spring. Yay!!

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

      I love lemon in just about everything too!

  • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    5 stars
    Is there anything more spring-like than lemon bars? Absolutely not! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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
    [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
    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.

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

    5 stars
    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
    Agness
    March 2, 2016 at 11:49 am

    5 stars
    Perfectly cut and served – mniam! Perfect Sunday dessert ๐Ÿ™‚ <3!!

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

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

  • 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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