easy lemon bars with shortbread crust and powdered sugar topping on white plate
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Easy Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars have the perfect balance of tart and sweet with a delicious shortbread crust. An easy lemon dessert recipe for spring and summer!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy lemon bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
refrigeration 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 20
Calories 225kcal
Author Dee


For the shortbread crust

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar plus more for dusting on top of bars
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the lemon curd filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice from about 3 to 4 medium lemons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest you can use more for extra lemon flavor


For the shortbread crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Prepare a 9X13 baking pan by lining with parchment paper or greasing with cooking spray or butter
  • Cut butter into small squares in large mixing bowl. 
  • Add flour and powdered sugar and use pastry cutter or 2 forks or 2 knives to cut butter into flour mixture until texture is coarse and crumbly
  • Press mixture evenly into prepared cake pan, making sure edges are pressed tightly up against sides of pan
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown. While crust is baking, prepare filling 

For lemon filling

  • Add eggs to large mixing bowl, and beat with mixer until slightly foamy
  • Mix in the sugar, 1 cup at a time, then add flour, and mix well
  • Add lemon juice and zest, and mix thoroughly
  • Remove crust from oven, and pour filling evenly over crust
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is set and springs back lightly when touched. Don't let the top get too brown 
  • Remove from oven, and run a knife or spatula around the edges of crust while still warm. Sprinkle sifted powdered sugar lightly over crust, if desired, and allow to cool
  • For best results, refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting into bars. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Add additional powdered sugar, if desired, before serving


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 23mg | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.7mg