Lemon Bars

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You’ll love these homemade lemon bars for the delicate, buttery shortbread crust that is strong enough to hold up the lemon bar, and the little bit sweet, little bit tart balance of the lemon bar topping.

Lemon bars dusted with powdered sugar

Lemon Bars: So Fresh, So Delicious

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 homemade 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 lemon 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 squares in a row on serving dish

Lemon Bars

These Lemon bars have a buttery shortbread crust that is light and delicate, but a strong enough base to hold up the lemon bar topping. The lemon flavor is a little bit sweet and a little bit tart - the perfect balance.
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. 1. Preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8 Pyrex dish with cooking spray and dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. 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. 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. 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

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I’ve been craving lemon bars but now that I have gelato al limone in my freezer, I will have to wait on the bars. I think I’m going to try out this recipe. It looks perfect! Lovely photos!

  2. Lemon is my favorite, my mouth is watering! No one in my family likes lemon bars but me so I’m afraid to make them, because I know I can eat the entire pan! I think my neighbors might get lucky tomorrow!

  3. I love these. I make a recipe that is very similar to these by Paula Deen. I like that I don’t have to have actual lemons on hand to make them! lol.

  4. HI. Thanks so much for posting this! I made these delicious lemon bars for a birthday get together and they were a huge hit!! Everyone loved them.

  5. I made these last night and oh my goodness are they delicious (and easy!)! I finally had to put some on a plate and give them to friends, otherwise I would have eaten the whole thing by myself! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I made these yesterday and baked the bars for an extra five minutes and it still wasn’t set. Even after putting the bars in the refrigerator for over and hour they were running when cut up. The flavor was amazing, though! Any suggestions because I want to make them again. Thanks!

    1. Hmmm, I am not sure, they always set up for us. Maybe your oven is different, maybe needed even more time???

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