4.08 from 13 votes
A stack of two lemon bars with powdered sugar on top and more lemon bars in the background.
Perfect Lemon Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

My favorite EASY Lemon Bars recipe is made with a buttery shortbread crust and creamy lemon filling.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, large, Tablespoon, teaspoon
Servings: 9
Calories: 268 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
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
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of an 8'' pan with parchment paper, or grease with cooking spray and set aside

  2. 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. 

  3. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared dish. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

  4. While the crust cools, make the lemon filling. 

  5. 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.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 more minutes, or until the filling has set. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. 

  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before cutting and serving. Store lemon bars in the refrigerator.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 108mg 5%
Potassium 59mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Sugars 25g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7.7%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.