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three lemon bars stacked on top of a white cake stand

Luscious Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars are a classic and sophisticated sweet treat that is easily made with everyday pantry staples.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword lemon bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 212kcal


For the Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Lemon Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar for dusting


To make the crust

  • Add the flour, butter, sugar, and salt to a mixing bowl, mix until combined, and then press into an 8x8 baking dish.

Bake the crust

  • In a 325F / 162C preheated oven, bake the crust for 20 minutes. The crust provides support for the lovely lemon layer, and pre-baking the crust helps to make it nice and sturdy. 

Make the topping

  • Then make the lemon bar topping by whisking together the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, flour, baking powder, and salt. Carefully pour on top of the pre-baked crust.

Bake the lemon bars

  • Place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until done.

Chill and serve

  • Allow the baking dish to cool on the counter for about an hour then chill in the refrigerator. Cut into squares and dust with some powdered sugar before serving.


Recipe Tips 

  • You know the lemon bars are done when the filling looks set and the edges of the bar start turning that lovely golden color.
  • These are best baked in either a glass baking dish or a metallic dish lined with baking paper. Baking directly on metal can sometimes give a metallic taste to the bars.

Lemon Bars Recipe Variations

This lemony dessert is sweet and tangy, and these bars will be a popular dessert no matter where you take them. Lemon juice is a classic choice in this dessert, but you can substitute other flavors for a surprising twist. Try using: 
  • lime juice
  • Meyer lemon juice
  • grapefruit juice
  • blood orange juice
  • orange juice
Regular orange juice won’t have the same tartness as the others but will be deliciously sweet.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 10 Blue Plan SmartPoints in one serving.


Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg