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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! Made from only a handful ingredients, these are incredibly easy as well as delicious. Luscious lemon filling is layered over a homemade shortbread crust for a dessert bar everyone loves – especially lemon lovers!

Lemon Bars Recipe

These are also one of my sister’s favorite treats and it’s easy to see why. I decided to whip up a batch of these delicious 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.

4.5 from 4 votes

Lemon Bars

Dessert 55 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Servings 24
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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!

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 9×13-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.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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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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  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. I’ve actually never attempted lemon bars. Thanks for the recipe! My MIL loves lemon, so I’ll definitely make them for her 🙂

  4. Wonderful classic recipe! Perfect for the warm weather we’re having right now 🙂

  5. I adore lemon bars. My grandma made the best and I have yet to replicate the recipe! These look fabulous.

  6. I LOVE lemon bars! (And…ummmm…you just possibly maybe might see a post on lemon bars from me tomorrow…)

  7. 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!

  8. LOVE lemon bars, they might just be my one of my favorites! These look perfect, Robyn!

  9. What a sweet sister you are! Lemon bars are such a classic, always a nice treat.

  10. Lemon bars are one of the first things I ever baked by myself!! I can never have too many recipes for these.

  11. 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. So glad you all loved them as much as my family does! Thanks for letting me know!

    2. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Goodness! So delicious. I just made these for my husband, and we are both in love!

    1. Hi Christina!
      I’m so excited that you and your husband enjoy these! They are such a favorite in my family too! Thanks so much! xo

  14. 5 stars
    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!!

  15. 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

    1. You can freeze these bars, Deb. Just make sure they are in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. They can keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Enjoy!