Dessert | May 29, 2018

Easy Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars are something I remember as being a “grown-up” dessert when I was a kid.  My mom would make them occasionally and I don’t remember particularly liking them.  Funny how as you grow up so does your taste.
 
stacked lemon bars with a slice of lemon on top

I Love Lemon Desserts!

Now that I’m an adult I love lemon desserts – and lemon bars are at the top of the list!  But I also love lemon cookies, trifles with lemon filling. It’s on my to-do list to put my lemon curd recipe on the blog, because it’s a favorite as well.
lemon bars with fresh lemons on a cutting board

Start With A Shortbread Crust

A shortbread crust is a must, and it is so simple to make.  Shortbread is only a few ingredients:
  • Flour
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
stacked lemon bars

A Tart Filling

After you’ve made your crust, you need to top it with a a delicious and tart filling. Use fresh lemons and zest for the yummiest lemon bars.  All you need for your filling is:
  • lemons
  • sugar
  • butter
  • flour
  • eggs
stacked lemon bars and slices of fresh lemon

Chill

Make sure you let your lemon bars cool before serving.  I love them chilled in the fridge.  There is something about a cold lemon bar that is irresistible.
stacked lemon bars with powder sugar

Easy Lemon Bars Always A Hit

I promise these will be gobbled up the next time you make them.  And when you do, come back and leave me a comment and let me know how much you love them.  We love to hear from you guys!
5 from 1 vote
Easy Lemon Bars
Easy Lemon Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Easy lemon bars are always a crowd pleaser.  With an easy shortbread crust and a tart and tangy filling they will always hit the spot.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy lemon bars
Servings: 18
Calories: 244 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBSP cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • juice of 4 lemons
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Liberally spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  3. Using a pastry blender or your kitchen air paddle attachment, blend in the butter until is resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Press mixture into the bottom of you pan.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  6. With a hand or stand mixer mix the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour until well combined.
  7. Pour over hot crust and return to oven for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Let completely cool on wire rack.
  9. Cut into squares, sprinkle with powdered sugar and refrigerate in a covered container.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Potassium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Sugars 19g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7.4%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Potassium 33mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Sugars 19g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7.4%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 5.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. Oh, Kadee, I love lemon bars! I must make these soon. Thanks for a yummy recipe. I was in my 30s before I ever found a recipe and had never even heard of them before. And that was it, I was in love with them!!! MMMmmm…