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Lemon Bars


My sister gave me this recipe a while back, but I had put it in my ever-growing stack and managed not to make it for, well… years. I’ve never had much luck with lemon bars. Today, though, it’s briefness and simplicity beckoned me. And am I ever glad it did! The flavor is subtle and just sweet enough. The crust is very light. The filling isn’t sticky, as I’ve found with someother lemon bars. And did I mention simple? They are a perfect summer treat.

First, the crust. Combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Cut in 3/4 cup (1 & 1/2 sticks) of butter into the flour mixture using either a pastry blender or a fork. The mixture should be coarse and meal-like. Press this mixture firmly into an ungreased 9×13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

For the filling, combine 1/2 cup of AP flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. In another bowl, combine 4 beaten eggs, 2 cups of sugar, and 1/3 cup of lemon juice. Add dry ingredients and pour over baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Dust with powdered sugar.

Once they have cooled, cut them into bars and enjoy. Be warned, though, that it will be hard to eat just one.

Lemon Bars


For the crust:

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (55g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted (plus more for serving)
  • 3/4 cup (170g) butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice


To make the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9" x 13" x 2" baking pan with parchment paper, and lightly grease the paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour and confectioners' sugar. Add the butter, and mix with a pastry blender or a fork. The mixture should be coarse and meal-like.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until lightly browned.

To make the filling:

  1. Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice. Add the flour mixture, and mix well.
  3. Pour over the partially baked crust. Bake 25-30 minutes, or the edges are lightly browned and the center is just set.
  4. Place the pan on a wire rack, and allow the bars to cool to room temperature. Dust with more confectioners' sugar and cut into bars.

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    4 Comments on “Lemon Bars”

  1. Lemon bars are one of my all-time favorite things to eat! Well, anything with lemon is my favorite 😉 For some reason I’ve never made them myself but maybe I’ll try this recipe.

  2. Extremely delicious, I got loads of compliments and it finished extremely quickly! I reduced the icing sugar by a third in the crust, and I probably will reduce the sugar in the filling a lot more next time – maybe a scant 1 and a half cups? I had to bake it a lot, lot longer than 25 minutes too, but it was definitely worth it. This will be my go-to recipe when I want something quick that the whole family can share, and I don’t feel like running out to the grocery store for special ingredients.

  3. Syin, I’m glad they were a hit!

  4. these were so delicious!!! i tried them with 1 1/2 cups sugar and a bit more lemon juice, and they were off the charts! thanks for posting the recipe!

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