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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

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
    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

    • Reply
      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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    April 17, 2018 at 8:28 am

    5 stars
    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
      April 19, 2018 at 5:13 am

      Lemon does seem to brighten everything up!

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    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!

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      April 19, 2018 at 5:08 am

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

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

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

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      April 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm

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

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    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!

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      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!

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    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!

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      March 4, 2016 at 7:10 pm

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

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    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
      March 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

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

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    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
      March 4, 2016 at 5:01 am

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

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    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!

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      March 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm

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

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