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Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

This Easy Lemon Bars Recipe is complete with a press-in shortbread crust, luscious, tangy lemon filling and a dusting of powdered sugar. They're made with simple ingredients, they're so easy to make and they get rave reviews every time!

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup + 3 tablespoons all purpose flour divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice meyer lemons work perfectly as well!
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar, for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8" baking dish with parchment paper or foil.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and 1/4 cup powdered sugar till light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add 1 cup of flour and salt, and beat on low speed until just incorporated.
  • Scrape the dough into the prepared pan and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Bake on the middle rack of the oven 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack while you prepare the filling.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and granulated sugar until well incorporated. Add the 3 tablespoons of flour and whisk until combined, then whisk in the lemon juice and zest.
  • Pour the filling over the cooled crust, and bake 20-25 minutes longer, or until the filling has set. The filling will not "wiggle" when the pan is moved gently back and forth. Remove from heat and cool completely on a wire rack, or about 3 hours.
  • Once the bars have cooled, dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares with a sharp knife, wiping the knife clean in between slices. Serve and enjoy!


  • This recipe is easily doubled and baked in a 9×13″ glass baking dish.  For best results, use a glass baking dish.
  • Bars should be cooled completely at room temperature.  Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.
  • Refrigerate leftover bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
  • Pro tip: Juice the lemons, strain the juice, then add the lemon zest to the juice up to 2-3 days prior to making the bars. The lemon juice may also be frozen!
  • Substitute the lemon juice with any type of citrus juice. Meyer lemon, orange, key lime, blood orange or grapefruit are all great options.


Serving: 1bar, Calories: 293kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 91mg, Potassium: 59mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 406IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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