5 from 7 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
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, lemon bars, lemon bars recipe, lemon dessert recipe, lemon recipes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 168 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 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
  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.
  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.
  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*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.