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Lemon Bars

If you love desserts with lemon in them, you have got to try these lemon bars. They are so delicious and super easy to make. Top them off with powdered sugar, and you have pure heaven!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Resting Time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dessert, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, sweet, treats
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 373kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • 9x13 pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Pastry roller
  • Hand mixer
  • Microplane
  • Whisk


Shortbread Base

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour 240g
  • 1 cup of softened unsalted butter 226g
  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar 100g

Lemon Topping/Filling

  • Juice from 2 medium lemons add a third for extra lemon flavor (1/4 cup, 60ml)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup of flour 30g
  • 2 cups of sugar 400g
  • Zest from 1 lemon roughly 1 tsp.
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • First, preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F. Next add the softened butter and 1/2 cup of sugar and cream them together with a mixer.
  • Scrape the sides with a spatula, then add half of the flour and mix that in really well, then add the rest of the flour and mix that in. When you are done you will have large crumbles of buttery, sugary, flour.
  • Pour the mixture into an aluminum foil or parchment paper-lined 13x9 pan, or just spray the pan with cooking spray.
    Then push down the mixture with your clean hands and fingers until it spreads out. Use a pastry roller if you like to get it nice and even.
    Bake it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, just until it is lightly brownish on the top. Don't over bake it, the cookie will get super crumbly.
  • Let the cookie base cool for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the lemon topping/filling.
  • Add the eggs to a medium bowl and beat those with a whisk, then add the sugar, lemon juice, flour, lemon zest (optional) and mix it all together. A micro plane works great for getting lemon zest.
  • Pour the lemon filling on top of the cookie base and bake it in the oven at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes. The sides should be slightly brown and maybe a few light brown spots on top. Remove it from the oven and let it cool at room temp completely then place it in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours to set up.
  • Unwrap the foil from the edges of the huge lemon bar. Then take a knife and cut it into squares. If the knife sticks too much, run hot water over the knife, before each cut. Then dust the tops of the lemon bars with powdered sugar. Enjoy!



Note: These servings are fairly large, you can easily get more servings/bars/squares out of it which would reduce the calories per serving. 
List of nutritional facts for lemon bars