A stack of two lemon bars with powdered sugar on top and more lemon bars in the background.
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Perfect Lemon Bars

My favorite EASY Lemon Bars recipe is made with a buttery shortbread crust and creamy lemon filling.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Calories: 268kcal
Author: Lauren Allen

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • dash of salt

Lemon Filling:

  • Zest of one large lemon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 8'' pan with parchment paper, or grease with cooking spray and set aside
  • For the crust: In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Add the flour and salt and mix on low speed, just until combined. 
  • Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • While the crust cools, make the lemon filling. 
  • Mix the lemon zest and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and eggs. Mix until well combined and the sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over crust.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 more minutes, or until the filling has set. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar before cutting and serving. Store lemon bars in the refrigerator.

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Notes

Adapted from Mels Kitchen Cafe

Nutrition

Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg