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Lemon Almond Crumb Bars

These delightful Lemon Almond Crumb Bars have just the right amount of sweetness combined with a hint of ginger and an almond crumb topping. A lovely departure from traditional lemon bars!

Lemon Almond Crumb Bars on white parchment paper

Lemon bars have never been a favorite for me. That may seem odd to read that directly underneath a photo of lemon bars, but it’s nonetheless true. Most of the ones I’ve tried have been a bit too sweet and lemon-y for me.

I should qualify all of that by saying that my tastes have changed a bit over the years. I used to shun most citrus desserts, but I’ve come to like them far more. While on a first pass I may choose a chocolate or peanut butter dessert, I have now met these wonderfully delicious Lemon Almond Crumb Bars, and I would gladly take one of these for dessert any time I can!

Lemon Almond Crumb Bars on parchment

So, what makes these different? It’s the whole package, really, but we’ll start with the crust. It’s a pretty standard buttery crust, but a bit of lemon zest adds a bright flavor to it.

The filling is more or less what you’d expect from lemon bars, but with the addition of crystallized ginger. I am a big believer in the power of lemon plus ginger. The ginger emphasizes the wonderful flavor of an already delicious filling and adds just a little extra zing that balances the sweetness of the filling.

Finally, instead of the standard dusting of confectioners’ sugar, these lemon bars have an almond crumb topping to make them even more irresistible.

These bars are such a lovely way to usher in spring. Their bright flavor is just perfect for the promise of warmer, brighter days!

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Lemon Almond Crumb Bars

Yield 24 2-inch bars
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Lemon Almond Crumb Bars are far from ordinary with a crumb topping, almonds, and a hint of ginger.

Lemon Almond Crumb Bars


For the crust:

  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (46g) chopped crystallized ginger*
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup (157ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest

For the topping:

  • 3/4 cup (90g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (57g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (43g) sliced almonds


To make the crust:

  1. Grease a 9"x 13"x 2" baking pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until light and creamy.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until blended. The dough will be crumbly but should hold together when pinched.
  5. Press the dough evenly and firmly into the prepared pan. Chill 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  7. Bake the crust 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Set the pan on a wire rack while you make the filling.

To make the filling:

  1. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F.
  2. Place the flour and ginger in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the ginger is finely chopped (about 1 minute). Stir in the baking powder.
  3. Whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the flour mixture, and whisk until combined. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest.
  4. Pour the filling mixture over crust.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until filling is almost set. Set pan on a wire rack.

To make the topping:

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir in the melted butter, mixing well. Stir in the almonds.
  2. Sprinkle the topping mixture evenly over the filling. Use a spoon or spatula to press the topping carefully and gently into the filling.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and the almonds are lightly toasted.
  4. Cool the bars completely in pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars.


*If you are unable to find crystallized ginger locally, you can find it at

Recipe slightly adapted from Southern Living.

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Lemon Almond Crumb Bars

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    14 Comments on “Lemon Almond Crumb Bars”

  1. Wonderful! I’ve recently been using crystallized ginger in cookies and fig muffins, and you’re right: delicious! It’s a great combination for a cocktail as well. 🙂 I’ll be making this bars in the very near future!

  2. I used crystalized ginger once in a turkey recipe for thanksgiving, I know that is completely different but man was it good. Will be making this. Pinned.

  3. Oh wow Jennifer, I already loved lemon bars but adding an almond crumb topping? Seriously calling my name. Love!

  4. I definitely veer more to the tart side of the sweet-tart spectrum. And I always love ginger. These sound perfect!

  5. Yum, those lemon almond bars look tempting. I’d say they would make a great dessert with some cream 🙂

  6. I didn’t know how you could make lemon bars more perfect before now. An almond crumb topping seems to be the answer 🙂

  7. Now you have me craving lemon! These bars look incredible my dear 🙂

  8. I LOVE lemon bars, but there is a good chance I’d love these even more. And ginger in the filling?! Genius 🙂

  9. Made these a few weeks ago and did my own take: substituted candied lemon rind for the ginger and added Licor 43 to the filling. Result: delicious! Rave reviews from all who sampled these — a big pan, so lots of happy folks. Great recipe and will post to our blog soon (with links back to BoB, of course)! Cheers, Jennifer!!!

  10. How do they freeze?

  11. Nut allergies (tree AND ground). What can I substitute?

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