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Lemon Bars stack on top of each other

Lemon Bars

Perfectly tangy, lusciously sweet, these lemon bars do double time on flavor without taking hours to make! You’ll have a hard time eating just one.
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how do I make lemon bars, how to make lemon bars, Lemon Bars, lemon bars recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 603kcal
Author Kathleen



  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, very cold
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest


  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • powdered sugar


  • Make the Crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 X 13-inch baking dish with a double thickness of aluminum foil, allowing 2-3 inches to extend over long sides. Spray generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Slice each stick of cold butter into about 8 slices.  In the bowl of a food processor add flour, powdered sugar, and sliced butter. Pulse until butter pieces are about the size of peas.  Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and press evenly into dish. Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes until edges of the crust begin to brown.
  •  Make the Filling:  In a small bowl combine baking powder and flour and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth.  Add sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and combine.  Add flour mixture and combine.  Pour filling over hot crust and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until filling is set. Cool bars in pan set on top of a cooling rack for about half an hour.  Remove bars from pan and cool on rack completely.
  • Lift a generous layer of powdered sugar onto bars. Cut bars and serve.


Serving: 1/8 of the recipe | Calories: 603kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg