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A perfect afternoon snack of a plate of lemon bars.
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5 from 7 votes

Lemon Bars

Delicious lemon bars with a shortbread crust.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dessert, lemon bars, lemon bars recipe, lemon dessert recipe, lemon recipes
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 168kcal
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



  • 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: 1bar | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.6mg