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! 

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

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”.

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

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!

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

Here’s how I make my Lemon Bars.

Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe - 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!
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 24
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

For the Shortbread Crust:

  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar for dusting

Instructions

For the Shortbread Crust:

  • 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.

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 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.
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe - 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! // addapinch.com

 

From the Add a Pinch recipe archives. Originally published 2011.

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39 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. Mmmmm….lemon bars! I was never very interested in lemon bars as a kid but as an adult I have really come to appreciate them!

    It’s an easy answer but I always like to surprise my husband with something special – last night it was just instant chocolate pudding, but topped with real homemade whipped cream. 🙂

  2. I love citrusy desserts. Lemon pie, lemon bars, citrus curds… they’re a feast for my tastebuds! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Robyn 🙂

  3. Um, could this picture look any more gorgeous/delicious/absolutely perfect? YUM! I’ve been looking for a good homemade lemon bars recipe – I have only made them with the Barefoot Contessa mix, so I will definitely be trying this one out! Thanks for the great post!

  4. Just made these and I have gotten thumbs up all the way around the table. Not alot of talking…more mumbling and chewing sounds…everyone is too busy noshing on the lemon love! Thanks for an amazingly easy and awesome recipe. These will definitely be a “go-to” bar this summer!

      1. The first pan didn’t make it 24 hours. So we are onto round 2 with this fabulously easy and fantastically delicious recipe! Thanks again for sharing with all of us! =0)

  5. Made these for a funeral last week and they were delicious. My husband’s aunt loved to bake, and these put a smile on everyone’s faces. People were asking for the recipe, and even when I brought a few leftovers to work they were asking for the recipe. I absolutely love this recipe so easy to make, and so yummy.

  6. I added a little special touch at the end. A little dollop of lemon cream cheese with zest, and a vodka soaked lemon peel curl on top. Great recipe!!

  7. Has anyone tried freezing the Lemon Bar? I’m baking treats for Christmas ahead of time. And/ or how long can they be kept (fridge/room temperature). Love your recipes. Thanks, Deb

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