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Lemon Bars

This is a very delicious Lemon Bars recipe. It has a perfect balance of tart and sweetness. The tart’s base is made with shortbread crust and the filling has lots of lemon juice and lemon zest. So, if you like lemon then you will probably want to make these easy lemon bars.

Recipe adapted from The Joy Of Baking

Lemon Bars
(Printable Recipe)


Shortbread Crust
½ Cup (1 Stick) (113 g) Unsalted Butter, room temperature
¼ Cup (25 g) Confectioner’s Sugar
1 Cup (130 g) All Purpose Flour
1/8 tsp Sea Salt

Lemon Filling
1 Cup (200 g) Granulated Sugar (I used 180 g)
2 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup (80 ml) Fresh Lemon Juice (approximately 2 large lemons)
1 Tbsp (5 g) Lemon Zest
2 Tbsp (25 g) All Purpose Flour

Confectioner’s Sugar


Preheat oven to 350˚F (177˚C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non-stick vegetable oil, an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) pan.

Shortbread Crust: In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just comes together. Press onto the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browner. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.

Lemon Filling: In your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until nice and smooth. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine. Fold in the flour. Pour the filling over the shortbread crust and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling has set. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

To serve: Cut into squares and dust with confectioner’s sugar. These are best eaten the day hey are made but can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a day or two.

Makes 16 (2 inch-5 cm) Bars.


  1. This looks really lemony and delicious! I wish I can have a piece now!

  2. oh I've tried this recipe before... & yes! they are great!!

  3. Ooo, yummy! I usually use the Better Homes & Garden (1979 or 1982) Cookie Cookbook recipe, but I'll have to try this one. Your presentation is positively exquisite!

  4. These look really good. I like lemon pastries that are really sour.

  5. Those lemons bars look so good! I like the lemon slices on top.

  6. How lovely! And I'm definitely a lemon fan :-)

  7. These? were absolutely delicious. I made a batch at a dinner party, and attempts at hoarding by various individuals were matched by outright thefts by others, and the whole pan was gone without 2 hours.

    I doubled the lemon zest--maybe tripled it, and used just under a cup of sugar. But I love, love, love the taste of tart lemons, and I have a Meyer lemon tree in my backyard. This may be my new favorite recipe for lemon bars. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. I love these..whenever my friends mom makes them, I can't get enough of them.

    She even saves some for me if she knows I'll be coming late to the dinner/event or whatever. Delicious.........

  9. These look yum! I've tried a similar recipe and it was delicious (the results of which can be seen on my blog at ).
    I love the touch of adding a slice of lemon on top of each piece - cute :)


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