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These classic lemon bars are extra tangy, perfectly sweet, and super easy to make. This is the ultimate lemon lovers’ recipe!

Three lemon bars stacked with powdered sugar and a lemon slice on top.

Today we’re going back to the basics and I’m sharing my version of a classic dessert: Lemon Bars! This lemon bars recipe is nice and tangy with just the right amount of sweetness. I love my lemon desserts to make me pucker a little bit. I love that citrus flavor!

Slices of lemon bars on a board with powdered sugar and lemon slices on top.

A lot of lemon bar recipes use lemon juice. That’s a given. My recipe, has a bit more juice than most recipes, and some zest to give it an extra lemon-y flair! There’s no doubt about it. These are LEMON bars.

Three lemon bars stacked with powdered sugar and a lemon slice on top.

I’m a sucker for lemon desserts anyway, but to get a pure lemon dessert like these lemon bars, is heaven in my mouth. The creamy lemon curd tickles my tastebuds! Love it! I can’t believe I haven’t shared my recipe with you by now!

Slices of lemon bars on a board with powdered sugar and lemon slices on top.

If you’re looking for more tangy lemon desserts, try my Soft Baked Lemon Cookies, Lemon Cheesecake Bars, or Lemon Sugar Cookies. So much lemon goodness to go around! Enjoy my friends!

These classic lemon bars are extra tangy, perfectly sweet, and super easy to make. This is the ultimate lemon lovers' recipe!

Lemon Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

These classic lemon bars are extra tangy, perfectly sweet, and super easy to make. This is the ultimate lemon lovers' recipe! 

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (cut into 8 pieces)

Lemon Filling:

  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tsp, optional)
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. To make the crust: Combine the flour, powdered sugar, salt and butter in a food processor. Pulse until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press into a lightly greased 11x7-inch or 8 to 9-inch square glass baking dish and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. Meanwhile make the filling: Whisk together the sugar and flour in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the zest and lemon juice. Mix until everything is smooth and combined.
  4. Pour filling over hot crust and return to oven to bake for an additional 18 to 20 minutes or until set. When done, the filling will no longer jiggle.
  5. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing and dusting with powdered sugar. For best results refrigerate for an hour or two and serve cold. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 236Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 74mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and is an estimation only.