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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

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Lemon Bars
4.4 rating based on 12,345 ratings
4.4/5 (20)
Course: BarsDifficulty: Easy



Classic lemon bar…a shortbread crust topped with a moist and tangy lemon filling. These are best with fresh lemon juice.


  • For the crust:
  • 3/4 cup butter

  • 1 1/2 cups flour

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar

  • For the filling:
  • 2 large lemons (or 6 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice)

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • dash salt

  • For garnish:
  • additional powdered sugar


  • Make the crust:
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (or 325F if using a glass pan) and grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan for thinner bars (original vintage recipe) or a 8x8x2 baking pan for thicker bars (pictured). Cream together butter, 1-1/2 cup flour, and powdered sugar. Pat into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake 18 minutes and remove from oven. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Make the filling:
  • Juice the lemons and measure out 6 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (set aside any extra for another recipe). Beat together with the rest of the filling ingredients until smooth, and pour over crust. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until the center of the filling is just set (no longer jiggly in the middle). When thoroughly cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars.


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(example: Sue in LA)

Wherever I take this to share, everyone loves it so much. I cant go wrong by making this for work pot-luck.
- Erin Minkel in Ventura CA

Delicious! Very easy to make not too sweet. Will make again
- A Baker

This I a very good recipe and easy to make. I loved them!
- Sharon  

I doubled the crust and kept the lemon filling the same as this recipe...results? Perfection!! So Good! I won the best cookie at the Christmas exchange party this year, delicious!
- A Baker

I loved these lemon bars. You cant buy things at the store that taste like these.
- A Baker

i looked FOR YEARS for a lemon bar recipe and this one is PERFECTION. it's the yummiest thing ever and bakes in a jiffy. i've found you have to wait for the bars to cool fully before sprinkling with the powdered sugar or else it gets kind of yucky.
- auntie dasch

 People seemed to enjoy these when I made them. I baked them in a 8x8 glass pan. I'm making them again today actually.
- Ron in Erie, Pa. 

 They were easy to make and good. Overall, people liked the lemon bars and I would make them again. I'd probably make the crust thicker and cook a little longer.
- Greg Smith in Maryland 

This recipe did not turn out at all. It was more like baked eggs with a hint of lemon. I don't believe the recipe is written correctly. We were very disappointed.
- A Baker

 OMG, whn I sa never, I mean I have NEVER baked befre, thought it was too hard, loved the lemon bars, my rating has just gone up with family, thanks
- A Baker

They taste fantastic.
- Rhonda in Maryland

Absolutly Delicious! This is a keeper.
-  Leslie in Thunder Bay

 I thought they'd be more light and moist. for me, there was no gooey lemon inside... it turned almost all solid like a cookie, and they were very very thin. Almost more crust than lemon, and it was more like a cookie. I dont know if that's how these were supposed to be, but i followed the directions exactly. And they are nothing like I expected them to be.
- A Baker

I definely would make this again. Only needed to bake for 15 minutes after adding the lemon topping.
- Serrena in Fremont, Ca

I love this recipe. It gives me a warm lemony feeling and my family loves it too. I haven't had this recipe in a long time and I'm glad I found it. It's going to be a Christmas family tradition.
- Crystal in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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