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Lemon Bars Recipe

Course: Bars, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 204kcal
This easy lemon bars recipe is just so simple to make, but they always come out so delicious. There's never a bad time for this classic dessert, so bake away and enjoy!
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For the Bottom Crust

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 240 grams
  • ½ cup powdered sugar 57 grams
  • 1 cup salted butter 226 grams, room temperature and cut into cubes (2 sticks)

For the Lemon Filling

  • 4 large eggs 200 grams
  • 2 cups granulated sugar 400 grams
  • cup lemon juice 76 grams
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour 30 grams
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder 2 grams

For Garnish

  • Powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Make the crust. Mix together the flour and powdered sugar in a large bowl.
    2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Using your fingers, cut the butter into the mixture until it clings together and is crumbly.
    1 cup salted butter
  • Press this mixture into the prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes, until just turning golden.
  • While the crust bakes, make the filling.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer or whisk to beat together the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice. (If you love lemon, feel free to use a little more juice!)
    4 large eggs, 2 cups granulated sugar, ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Stir this mixture into the egg mixture. (This mixture will be very runny.)
    ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Once you’ve brought the crust out of the oven, pour this egg mixture over the baked crust.
  • Place the pan back into the oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes. It should be a light golden brown.
  • Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool before cutting and serving. Once your pan gets to room temperature, you might even want to pop it into the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes before cutting.
  • Lightly dust them with icing sugar (try using a fine sieve or sifter) to make them look extra fancy.
    Powdered sugar



  • If you want to use fresh lemon juice, you will need the juice of one large lemon. Microwave the lemon for 10 seconds before cutting and squeezing it to get the most juice out.
  • Use room temperature eggs and lemon juice if you can. These will combine more easily with the other ingredients, but if you use cold, it won't affect the taste or texture.
Storage: Store lemon bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg