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Best Lemon Bars Recipe
Lemon Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Lemon Bars: a beloved classic treat! Buttery shortbread crust, tangy lemon filling, and a dusting of powdered sugar on top. So bright, citrus-y, & happy!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best lemon bars, easy lemon bars, lemon bar recipe
Servings: 16
Calories: 198 kcal
For the shortbread crust
For the lemon filling
To make the shortbread crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, mist an 8x8 pan with non-stick spray, and line with parchment.

  2. Place the flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. 

  3. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  

  4. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer, and bake until set (approximately 20 to 25 minutes).

To make the lemon filling
  1. Whisk the sugar, flour, eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice together in a large bowl.

  2. Pour the filling over the partially-baked crust and bake until the filling is set (approximately 25 to 35 minutes). 

  3. Cool completely, cut into squares, and dust with powdered sugar for garnish. 

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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 89mg4%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.