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Best Lemon Bars Recipe with Shortbread Crust
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: bars
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 bars
Calories: 211kcal
Author: Jill


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 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest about 2 large lemons
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • powdered sugar optional


  • Line a 9x13 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!


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