This easy Lemon Bars Recipe makes a delicious sweet treat! Layered onto a shortbread crust, this tart, yet sweet lemon bar is perfect for the lemon lover!
Lemon bars are so light and refreshing and a perfect sweet treat anytime of the year, but especially during the spring and summer!
They are also one of my sister’s favorite treats and it’s easy to see why. I decided to whip up a batch of lemon bars for her just to say thanks for being a great big sister. Every once in a while, it’s nice just to make something for someone you love “just because you wanna”.
I first discovered they were one of her favorites years ago when I made some to take to a get together. How in the world I hadn’t already known that little nugget of information, I’ll never know. As close as we are, I thought I’d known everything there was to know about her!
I tucked that little tidbit away and then surprised her with them when she least expected it.
I’ve updated my recipe to increase the amount of lemon of that was previously in my recipe, while reducing the sugar just a touch as well. It lets the tart, yet sweetness of the lemons really shine through!
Here’s how I make my Lemon Bars.
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup confectioner's sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon zest
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350º F.
- Mix together the butter, flour, and confectioner's sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake until lightly golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.
- Mix together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust. Bake 35 minutes until the lemon filling is completely set.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into square or rectangles and dust with confectioner's sugar.
From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.