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Boozy Lemon Bars

These Boozy lemon bars are delicious. And don’t worry, the boozy part is totally optional! So everyone can enjoy these flaky lemon bars with or without alcohol. They are great either way!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boozy lemon bar recipe, boozy lemon bars, lemon bar recipe
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Jill



  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • ¼ C cornstarch
  • ½ C granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla vodka Optional

Lemon filling:

  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 C fresh lemon juice
  • 2-4 tbsp Citrus Vodka Optional


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla vodka and salt.
  • Cube the butter into smaller pieces and add to the flour mixture. Using your hands cut the butter into the mixture until it's crumbly and starts to come together.
  • Scoop the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press it down into one even layer.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes

To make the lemon filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour.
  • Add in the eggs and lemon juice and citrus vodka and mix until fully combined.
  • Pour the lemon filling over the crust and return to the oven.
  • Bake at 350°F for 18-22 minutes or until the lemon filling is set.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 1 hour.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Using a standing mixer, whip the egg whites until they are glossy and smooth, then add the cream of tartar to help the egg whites hold their form.
  • Slowly add the sugar to the egg whites and then add vanilla.
  • Scoop into the piping bag
  • Pipe the meringue on top of the lemon bars and place into the oven that is preheated to 350 degrees for about 10 minutes
  • Let cool for a few minutes before cutting and enjoying


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 65mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg