Easy Lemon Bars

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Easy Lemon Bars are a refreshing, sweet, and slightly tart treat made up of a lemony custard filling on top of a buttery shortbread crust.

This easy dessert is quick to make and every absolutely loves them!A stack of lemon bars on a light blue plate.

Never in a million years did I think I’d say that I like love Lemon Bars… but I do!!! I’ve always liked lemonade and lemon chicken but lemon desserts and pastries were never hard for me to pass up. However, a few years ago I finally gave lemon a second chance and was pleasantly surprised to find how deliciously fantastic it is in things like cheesecake, cupcakes, and these bars.A tray of lemon bars cut into squares

What makes these so good? First, that crumbly buttery shortbread crust. And please don’t substitute the butter with margarine or shortening. Butter is best and makes everything 983x better. Second, the lemon custard that forms a crust on top with the soft sweet and tangy filling underneath. Don’t be tempted to use bottled lemon juice. Fresh lemon juice is a must! And to top it all off, they’re sprinkled with powdered sugar… LOTS of powdered sugar.

How Much Juice is in One Lemon

Like most fruit, lemons can range in size but on average each lemon will give you give about 3 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Each lemon will provide about 1 tablespoon of lemon zest using a microplane grater.

My only warning, besides being irresistible and ruining your diet, is to not make these for your birthday, or at least just don’t put birthday candles on them. Trust me! I know from experience. We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and Lemon Bars were his cake of choice. The candles were stuck down into the bars and lite, we sang “Happy Birthday”, waited as he paused to make a wish… then inhale, exhale… BOOM! The powdered sugar rose into a dust cloud that quickly caught fire and slightly singed his eyebrows. It was quite shocking, scary, and hilarious all at the same time. Oh, the life lessons we learn.An overhead photo of lemon bars on two different plates

If you’re looking for a bright and cheery dessert for your upcoming spring or summer party, make these sweet and tangy refreshing Lemon Bars!

Classic Lemon Bars

Servings 16
Author Garnish & Glaze


For the Crust:
  • 10 tablespoons butter , room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Filling:
  • 3 large eggs , room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

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For the Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9x9 inch pan.
  2. Mix the flour, powdered sugar, and salt together. Cut the butter into the mix until crumbly and then press into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden. Meanwhile, make the filling.
For the Filling:
  1. Whisk all the filling ingredients together until combined.
  2. Pour over the cooked crust and place back in the oven for 17-20 minutes until filling is set.
  3. Cool completely, dust with powdered sugar, cut into squares.
Nutrition Information

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Lemon Bars stacked up on top of one another

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Melanie is a Midwest girl currently living in Nebraska with her husband and daughters. She started rubbing elbows with her mom in the kitchen as soon as she discovered she could lick the bowl clean. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating healthy dinners and indulgent desserts for her family and friends. You can visit Melanie on her blog: Garnish & Glaze.

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  1. Hi!!! I’m from Argentina…I love your recipes!! Thank you for sharing them with the world.
    I’ve just prepared this recipe…so, my lemon bars are in the oven right now.
    I cannot wait to taste them!!

    1. It will not produce the same crust if you use granulated sugar instead of powdered. I hope this helps!