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Lemon Bars Recipe

Lemon Bars Recipe

If you saw my post about our favorite Spring desserts, you know we love lemon. I like lemon year around, but especially in the spring. Over the weekend, I whipped up a batch of lemon bars. I bought a big bag of lemons, so I felt obligated to put them to good use:)

We love these lemon bars because the buttery shortbread crust is light and delicate, but a strong enough base to hold up the lemon topping. The lemon flavor is a little bit sweet and a little bit tart-the perfect balance in my book. I love the texture of the lemon too-creamy and still a little gooey.

I finished the bars off with a dusting of powdered sugar. These bars are pretty and the perfect sweet treat for spring. Josh devoured them, so I guess I will be making them again…and soon:)

And thanks to Blogher for featuring our baked zucchini fries! Check out the article here.

Lemon Bars

Yield: 12 bars


1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Lemon Filling:
Zest of one large lemon
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs


1. Preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8 Pyrex dish with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar on medium speed. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour and salt. Mix until combined and smooth. Press the crust dough into the prepared pan. Make sure the crust is evenly spread out. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from oven.

3. In a medium bowl, rub the lemon zest and sugar together with your fingers until fragrant. Add in the lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and eggs. Mix until well combined and the sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over baked crust.

4. Bake for 20 more minutes, or until the lemon filling is set and slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let the bars cool and set. Cut into squares and serve.

If you like these lemon bars, you might also like:

Lime Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Buttermilk Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Gingered Lemon Bars from Simply Recipes
Lemon Coconut Bars from My Baking Addiction
Buttermilk Lemon Bars from Baking Bites

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66 Responses to “Lemon Bars Recipe”

  1. Erica — April 7, 2010 @ 4:46 am

    Yum :) As I told you before, I love lemony desserts too. I bet these would be fabulous with a graham crust as well.

  2. Barbara Bakes — April 7, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    Lemon bars are one of my favorite treats. These sound perfect!

  3. Shannon — April 7, 2010 @ 5:01 am

    a classic :) i bet it would be great with meyer lemons, too!

  4. Jessica — April 7, 2010 @ 5:17 am

    I love lemon anything. My dad LOVES lemon bars, and these are perfect for his next visit!

  5. megan — April 7, 2010 @ 5:31 am

    I love lemon bars! you’re right – they’re the perfect treat for spring. I’ve actually never made them before, but it seems like a good way to try out my new microplaner – I’ve been wanting a reason to zest something :)

  6. Rosa — April 7, 2010 @ 5:46 am

    Lemon bars are my all time favorite bars! So tempting!



  7. Megan — April 7, 2010 @ 5:50 am

    I love lemon squares. A batch of these would be perfect for today – we’re expecting it to be in the 80’s! My boyfriend says he doesn’t like lemon desserts… I’m determined to convince him he does though!

  8. Tiffany — April 7, 2010 @ 6:04 am

    This is the exact recipe I use! :) Funny! I love lemon too but rarely make lemon bars… now my mind is fixed on ’em… i want one!

  9. Tracy — April 7, 2010 @ 6:08 am

    I love a good lemon bar!

  10. courtney — April 7, 2010 @ 6:21 am

    These look divine! Can’t wait to try them. Super yum!

  11. Elle — April 7, 2010 @ 6:22 am

    Lemon bars are an all time favorite for me! The more tart, the better. These look lovely!

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 7, 2010 @ 6:24 am

    Gosh, I haven’t made lemon bars in AGES! I absolutely adore them. I don’t think you can wrong with lemon bars in any recipe, but these look delicious!

  13. Divina — April 7, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    I love anything with lemon. It’s one of my favorite ingredients. These bars are full of sunshine.

  14. Michelle — April 7, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    I make a similar Lemon Bar and it is delicious! Always one of my go to desserts!

  15. Jamie — April 7, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    I think everybody loves lemon desserts and the simpler the better (to show off the bright, tart, lemony flavor). I have been looking for a fabulous lemon bar recipe and it seems like you’ve got it! Delicious!

  16. kat — April 7, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    I never make these myself but am always so happy when someone else makes them for me…so I guess I should make them

  17. Bonnie — April 7, 2010 @ 8:03 am

    I love, love, love lemon. These bars are always a hit when taken anywhere.

  18. aruna — April 7, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Lovely lemon bars!

  19. vanillasugar — April 7, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    oh these look good maria! i’ve been craving lemons lately. that popup came up and then went away…so maybe you did something.
    i remembered it this time, it was survey.

  20. Bob — April 7, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Lemon bars are the bomb and these ones look awesome. I’ve actually never made them before. I really should. Heh.

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  22. Joanne — April 7, 2010 @ 9:21 am

    If there is one dessert I absolutely can’t live without, it is lemon bars. I just love the sweet/sour combination. It completes me. These look fantastic!

  23. Rose @ The Bite Me Kitchen — April 7, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    Yum! Yum! Yum! Looks great! I love that plate btw 😀

  24. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 7, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    My grandma always made lemon bars. Love ’em!

  25. Sara — April 7, 2010 @ 9:46 am

    THE perfect spring dessert!

  26. Cookin' Canuck — April 7, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    So bright and cheerful for spring. I bet they are tasty, too.

  27. Jen @ How To: Simplify — April 7, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    I love lemon bars! These look delicious!

  28. Z — April 7, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    these look delicious! I can’t wait to try out the recipe. By the way, I absolutely adore that plate!! Where can I get one?!

    • twopeas replied: — April 8th, 2010 @ 7:59 am

      I can’t remember where I got this plate. Sorry! I am always looking for fun and unique dishes. I think this one came from a thrift store:)

  29. Sarah — April 7, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    You put those lemons to great use.
    PS – I love all your serving platters/plates etc.

  30. Katrina — April 7, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    Lemon bars are great when there’s no chocolate around. 😉 jk

  31. teresa — April 7, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

    lemon bars are one of my faves, i could eat the whole plate!

  32. grace — April 7, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    i think this must be the quintessential spring treat. they look lovely, maria!

  33. Brittany — April 7, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

    You just started the craziest lemon bar craving I’ve ever had! Gotta make me some of those!

  34. Michelle — April 7, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    Lemon bars are always so pretty and they remind me of Spring. These look wonderful.

  35. Bridgett — April 7, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

    Tasty as usual, Maria! Perfect for a spring picnic.

  36. Connie Day — April 7, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    I love lemon bars made from scratch, and I love your lemon obsession, I have one myself!

  37. sweetlife — April 7, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    oh lemon bars how I love thee……


  38. Dee Asay — April 7, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    Those Lemon Bars look really good and simple to make.

  39. Maria, your lemon bars do look great. They yellow plays so nicely against the black and white plate.

  40. Dana — April 7, 2010 @ 7:57 pm

    Lemon bars are one of the things I make when I don’t know my guests’ tastes all that well. Just about everyone loves them. These look wonderful – love that dusting of powdered sugar.

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