Lemon Bars Recipe with Shortbread Crust (6-ingredients)

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Lemon Bars have always been a beloved classic treat and this delicious and easy recipe only uses 6 Ingredients! Buttery shortbread crust, tangy lemon filling, and a dusting of powdered sugar on top – so yummy!

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These lemon bars are my absolute favorite dessert! Not only because they are delicious, but also how simple these are to make.

Only 6 Ingredients In These Lemon Bars

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Lemon

Easy Lemon Bar Recipe

How to Make Easy Lemon Bars

  • Start by lining a 9×13 glass baking dish with foil or parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the melted butter, all-purpose flour, salt and sugar. Mixture may be crumbly. Press into bottom of prepared baking dish.
  • Bake crust in oven for about 18-20 minutes.

Tops of Lemon Bars

  • While crust is baking, make the lemon filling. Combine granulated sugar, flour, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  • Remove crust from oven and immediately pour mixture over the baked crust. Return baking pan to oven for an additional 22-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and the middle is set.
  • Remove bars from oven. Cool completely then refrigerate for about 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

When chilled, remove from pan by lifting the foil (or parchment) and cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Stacked Lemon Bars on a Cake Stand

Tips and Tricks

  • Cover and store leftover bars in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • A glass pan works best for this recipe.
  • Use fresh lemon juice. Store bought can also be used if that is all you have, but you can tell a big difference when using fresh lemon juice.
  • Lemon filling can get a bit tricky to cut at times. Place the bars in the freezer for 30 minutes before cutting to get the perfect cuts!
  • If you decorate with powdered sugar, sprinkle on the top right before serving. If left out or stored, the sugar will dissolve.

Other Delicious Lemon Desserts

Lemon Brownies

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Boozy Lemon Bars

Homemade Lemon Bundt Cake

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Lemon Cream Cheese Danish

Best Lemon Bars Recipe with Shortbread Crust
5 from 2 votes

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

Lemon Bars are a beloved classic treat and, lucky for you, this simple version only uses 6 ingredients! Buttery shortbread crust, tangy lemon filling, and a dusting of powdered sugar on top… does it get any better than these zesty lemon squares?
Servings: 24 bars
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 50 mins

Ingredients
  

Crust Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted

Filling Ingredients

  • 6 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest about 2 large lemons
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • powdered sugar optional

Instructions

  • Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the melted butter, all-purpose flour, salt and sugar. Mixture may be crumbly. Press into bottom of prepared baking dish. Bake crust in oven for about 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Filling Directions

  • While crust is baking, make the lemon filling. Whisk together the sugar, flour, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Remove crust from oven and immediately pour mixture over the baked crust.
  • Return baking pan to oven for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and the middle is set. Remove bars from oven.
  • Cool completely then refrigerate for about 2 hours. When chilled, remove from pan by lifting the foil (or parchment) and cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 24g | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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