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Lemon Raspberry Bars

Lemon Raspberry Bars

We are less than one week away from the 4th of July. If you are looking for a summer dessert to impress your family and friends, look no further. These lemon raspberry bars will knock everyone’s flip flops off! The bars are beautiful and easy to make, but don’t tell-remember we are trying to impress this holiday:)

Lemon desserts are perfect for summer time. I love making bar treats for holiday celebrations too. They are easy to make, cut, serve, and everyone loves them. These bars have a thick graham cracker crust that is topped with a creamy lemon raspberry filling. The fresh raspberries add a hint of tartness to the luscious lemon filling. The bars are best served chilled and can be made in advance, another bonus. These lemon raspberry bars are a no fuss dessert that everyone will love.

Lemon Raspberry Bars on Love this recipe! Easy to make and perfect for parties or any day!

Lemon Bars

Celebrate the 4th of July with lemon raspberry bars. Everyone at the party will want the recipe for these dreamy lemon raspberry bars. You are welcome to share the recipe or it can be our little secret on how simple these beautiful bars are to make:)

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Raspberry Lemon Bar Recipe

Lemon Raspberry Bars

Yield: Makes 16 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes (includes chill time)

These easy lemon bars are a family favorite! Perfect dessert for parties or any day!


For the crust:
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
Zest of one lemon

For the filling:

2 large egg yolks
1-14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
6 ounces fresh raspberries


Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 8 by 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Stir until graham cracker crumbs are moist. Press crumbs into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

Once the crust is cool, combine the egg yolks and condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until mixture begins to slightly thicken. Gently fold in the raspberries. Fold carefully so you don't break the raspberries.

Pour the lemon raspberry filling evenly over the graham cracker crust. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.

Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour before serving. Cut into bars and serve. Keep bars in the refrigerator-up to five days.

*Note-use fresh raspberries and make sure you gently fold the berries into the lemon filling or you will have pink bars.

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

Lime Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Lemon Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
Raspberry Crumb Bars from Cooking for Seven
Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares from The Pioneer Woman

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136 Responses to “Lemon Raspberry Bars”

  1. twopeas — August 25, 2010 @ 7:58 am

    Donna-sorry to hear about your friend. I hope these bars help cheer them up.

  2. Megan L — September 5, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m making these for Labor Day but I want to make them in a cupcake tin so everyone can grab their own. Will I need to adjust cooking times much for this?

  3. twopeas — September 7, 2010 @ 5:42 am

    Just watch them, you might need to take them out early by a couple of minutes. Great idea! Enjoy!

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  6. Christine — October 26, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

    We just had these for dessert and OMG are they good! Even my very picky DH complimented them a few times and called them “delightful”!

  7. twopeas — October 26, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    These are a favorite at our house. So glad you liked them!

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  11. Keri — June 6, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    Have you ever used frozen raspberries? I am dying to make this but can’t find any good fresh raspberries.

  12. Two Peas — June 6, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    I haven’t used frozen raspberries, but I am sure they would be fine. Let me know! Enjoy!

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  16. I was just cruising through your recipes and this one made me stop. It looked exactly like the bars our friends brought over for us last weekend, after they had picked our raspberries while we were out of town for a few days. I asked for the recipe and they scanned it for me, but it lost the source info on the bottom during the translation – it’s definitely your recipe. So fun to learn it’s yours – and it’s delicious!

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  18. Two Peas — July 29, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    Glad you liked the lemon raspberry bars and glad you found the recipe:)

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  25. Colleen — May 27, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    These were very good, lemony and summery. However, I followed the recipe exactly and used an 8×8 pan and only got 9 bars. If I had cut them into 16 as suggested, they would have been very tiny, much smaller than the photos.

  26. Sherri — June 14, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    My daughter made these for us and they WERE delicious. See them on her blog at:

    I could go for a little less butter in the crust, but otherwise perfect.

  27. Elizabeth — July 4, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    I made these with blueberries added for the 4th of July.. I couldn’t stop myself from licking the bowl so I can only imagine how the finished product will taste. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  33. Cheryl — December 31, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Can regular instead of lowfat sweetened condensed milk be used?

  34. Two Peas — December 31, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    Yes, you can use regular sweetened condensed milk. Enjoy!

  35. Chels — March 31, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

    The flavor in these is GREAT and the texture if PERFECT! However, I think I will alter the crumb/filling proportions next time I bake these. I saw the use of the 9×9 in the pictures, then read the reviews and saw that the recipe indeed was for a 9×13. The crumbs easily covered the bottom of the 9×13 and the crumb layer was the perfect depth, however, the lemon/filling layer is below 1/2 in. thick. The next time I make these I will probably opt to just use enough crumbs to cover the bottom of a 9×9 or 11×7 with the filling to see if I can get a bit more thickness out of the lemon layer.

  36. Liz — June 3, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Thank you. Love lemon and raspberries.

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  38. Wendy — June 4, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    I was wondering if I could press the crust into cup cake wrappers to make individual portions or if it would be better to make them whole and just cut squares that I could set down into cupckae wrappers for serving. Thanks in advance for any advice. Wendy

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