Classic Lemon Bars

classic lemon bars recipe

These zesty lemon bars feature a buttery crust and a creamy citrus filling. Each bite offers a delightful explosion of lemon flavor that will leave you wanting more. These fun bars are simple to make, no matter your level of baking experience.

Classic Lemon Bars

Recipe by Melissa Nicholson Course: Dessert


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  • For the crust:
  • 1 cup 1 (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 granulated sugar

  • 2 cups 2 all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 salt

  • For the lemon filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 all-purpose flour

  • 4 large 4 eggs

  • 2/3 cup 2/3 freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)

  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • Powdered sugar, for dusting


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch glass baking pan and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add the flour and salt, mixing until the dough comes together.
  • Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Use the back of a spoon or your hands to smooth it out. Bake the crust in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until it's lightly golden brown.
  • While the crust is baking, prepare the lemon filling. In a separate bowl, mix the granulated sugar and flour. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in lemon juice and lemon zest, and mix until well combined.
  • Pour the lemon filling over the baked crust while it's still hot. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool completely. Once cooled, you can refrigerate the bars for a couple hours to make them easier to slice.
  • Dust the top of the bars with powdered sugar, if desired. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve.


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Bourbon stole my heart a few years ago when I had several opportunities to write about it. Food stole my heart when I was lucky enough to be raised by a mom who managed to make nearly everything from scratch when we were growing up.