These Lemon Poppy Seed Bars are so light and fluffy with a flavor that packs a punch. These cake like bars are such a special treat that can be used as dessert, a special treat or as part of the perfect spring time brunch.
Lemon Poppy Seed Bars
These Lemon Poppy Bars are so good, the sweet and tangy flavor will have your taste buds dancing in your mouth with joy. You can easily follow along with this recipe and have these bars ready in just under 45 minutes. For even more lemon deliciousness, you have to try Baked Lemon Donuts and Lemon Snowball Cookies.
- Butter- Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
- Sugar- Every great dessert uses sugar in the recipe.
- Eggs– Use eggs that are at room temperature.
- Lemon Juice- Using freshly squeezed lemon juice will enhance the flavor.
- Salt- This will bring out the flavors in your recipe.
- Lemon Zest- Be sure to zest your lemons before juicing them.
- Flour– Use all-purpose flour for the best results.
- Poppy Seeds- These will be added for additional flavor and texture.
- Powdered Sugar- This is the best sugar for homemade icing or frosting.
How to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Bars
Set your oven to 350 degrees and use parchment paper to line a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Add the butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and zest to a large bowl and use a hand mixer to combine.
Add the flour and salt into a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
Slowly combine the two mixtures.
Add the poppy seeds and fold to combine.
Dump the batter into the prepared pan and place into the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes or until it begins to turn light brown.
Take out and let rest for 15 minutes to cool.
While you allow your bars to rest, begin to make your glaze.
Make the Glaze
Add the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and zest to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
Evenly pour the thin glaze overtop of your finished bars.
Let the glaze harden before slicing into squares.
Serve and Enjoy!
Do I Have to Refrigerate These Cake Bars?
These Lemon Poppy Bars do not have to be placed in the fridge because there is nothing in the ingredients that will allow the recipe to spoil too fast. It is recommended that you do however place it in the fridge for longer shelf life. You will need to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or seal them in an airtight container.
Can I Use Bottled Lemon Juice?
You can use bottled lemon juice for this recipe if you do not have fresh lemon juice handy. However, the fresh juice will always enhance the flavor way more than the artificial lemon juice. But, there are also bottled 100% lemon juices you can buy as well, although fresh is always best.
More Lemon Desserts
- Magic Lemon Cobbler
- Cranberry Lemon Muffins
- Lemon Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Lemon Raspberry Mini Cheesecake
- Easy Lemon Bundt Cake
Lemon Poppy Seed Bars
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper
- Using a large bowl and hand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest
- Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until combined
- Gradually beat in the dry ingredients
- Fold in the poppy seeds until combined
- Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 22-25 minutes or until the sides start to brown
- Allow cooling for 15 minutes
- Using a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest
- Pour the glaze over the bars and spread evenly
- Allow the glaze to harden before cutting into bars and enjoying
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