Hey there, fellow foodies! Are you in the mood for something sweet and tangy that will make your taste buds do a little dance? These creamy, citrusy lemon bars are the perfect treat to brighten up any day.

photo of lemon bars served on a plate

Imagine the delightful aroma of freshly squeezed lemons, the velvety smoothness of a creamy filling, and the satisfying crunch of a buttery shortbread crust. Sounds amazing, right? Keep reading, and we’ll show you how to make these little gems in no time!

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The Ultimate Lemon Bars Recipe

This recipe is genius in its simplicity, y'all. Just a handful of everyday ingredients, minimum fuss and voila, pure lemon bliss. Plus, it's super versatile — perfect for a classy afternoon tea or a peppy summer picnic.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 227 kcal


  • Baking dish 9×13-inch
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Baking sheet
  • Cooling rack (optional)
  • Sifter (optional)


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar. Add the softened butter and use your fingers or a pastry blender to work it into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press the crumb mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  • While the crust is baking, prepare the lemon filling. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and salt. Add this mixture to the egg mixture and beat until smooth.
  • Once the crust is ready, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Pour the lemon filling over the crust and smooth the top.
  • Return the bars to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set and the edges are lightly golden.
  • Remove the bars from the oven and let them cool completely, preferably on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar before cutting into bars.


Nutritional Facts – Per serving:
227 calories;
12g fat;
27g carbohydrates;
3g protein;
71mg cholesterol;
147mg sodium.
Keyword lemon, lemon bars

Our Lemon Bars recipe is a classic dessert that’s sure to please any crowd. With its buttery shortbread crust, tangy lemon filling, and light dusting of powdered sugar, it’s the perfect treat for any occasion.
So go ahead, give it a try, and let the sweet and tart flavors of lemon brighten up your day!

Recommended Pairing Drink:

I particularly recommend pairing with a tall glass of iced green tea, the subtle sweet undertones of the tea complement the vibrant zest of the lemon bars.

Recommended Pairing Dish:

Try some grilled chicken shish kebabs. The savory kick of the chicken enhances the citrusy sweetness of the bars.

Useful Tips:

  • Make sure the crust is fully baked before adding your filling to avoid a soggy bottom.
  • For extra tang, add some extra lemon zest into the filling.
  • Make sure to line the baking dish with parchment paper to prevent the bars from sticking.
  • Use fresh lemons for the best flavor.
  • Don’t overmix the crust or the filling, as this can cause them to become tough or runny.
  • Let the bars cool completely before cutting them, as they will be easier to slice and less likely to crumble.
photo of decorated lemon bars
You can be creative with the serving, making your lemon bars even more desirable!


Can I use store-bought lemon juice?

Yes, you can, but fresh lemon juice brings out the best flavor.

Why is my filling too runny?

Make sure the filling is thoroughly baked, sometimes it needs an additional 5 minutes.

Can I freeze lemon bars?

Yes, they freeze beautifully. Just ensure they’re wrapped tight!

Can I use a store-bought shortbread crust instead of making my own?

Yes, you can use a store-bought shortbread crust if you prefer. Just follow the package instructions for thawing and baking.

Can I substitute the lemon juice with another citrus fruit, like lime or orange?

Yes, you can substitute the lemon juice with an equal amount of lime or orange juice. Just be aware that the flavor and color will be different. But the Recipe will still work!

Can I make these bars ahead of time and store them in the fridge?

Yes, you can make these bars ahead of time and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Well, dear friends, our lemon bar adventure draws to an end. But the journey doesn’t stop here. Dish out your lemon wonder to friends, family, or just hog all to yourself (we won’t judge). Ready, set, bake!

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