Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars
These lemon bars are the perfect balance of tangy, sweet, tart, smooth, and melt-in-your mouth delicious!
Lemon Bars Recipe

Easy Step-By-Step Instructions for Lemon Bars

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Melt 1 cup butter, and allow to cool. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F. (I know that’s a weird temperature, but that’s how it is).
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Cut an approximately 3 foot length of aluminum foil, and fold it in half. Fold each of the ends over about an inch to make reinforced “handles.” You’ll use them to lift the bars out of the pan.
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Press the foil into a 13 x 9 inch baking pan, and lightly coat with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
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In a mixing bowl whisk together: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup powdered sugar, ½ cup cornstarch, ¾ teaspoon salt,
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Pour melted butter over flour mixture , and stir to form a dough.
Lemon Bars Recipe
Press dough into bottom of prepared baking pan, and bake at 340 degrees for 25 minutes.
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While the crust is baking, prepare the filling as follows. Thoroughly wash and dry 4 or 5 lemons. Remove 1 tablespoon of zest (each lemon produces about ½ tablespoon of zest). I used 2 lemons. Then cut the lemons in half and squeeze ¾ cup juice from them. (each lemon produces between 1/8 and 1/4 cup juice). I used 5 lemons. I squeeze the juice through a strainer to remove seeds.
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In a mixing bowl, whisk together ½ cup granulated sugar and 3 tablespoons flour. Set aside
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In a separate bowl, whisk 4 eggs until smooth and frothy.
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Add eggs, lemon zest, and juice to the flour mixture, and beat with whisk until completely incorporated.
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When crust is baked, remove from oven, and …
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… slowly pour filling on top.
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Return to oven for another 25 minutes.
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Remove from oven, and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes.
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Use foil “handles” to gently lift from pan, and place directly on a rack to cool completely.
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When cool, use “handles” to return to baking dish, cover tightly, and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
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When ready to serve, remove from pan, peel back foil, and sprinkle top with ½ cup powdered sugar.
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Cut into squares, and …
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… serve!
Lemon Bars Recipe
They’re delicious served with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream

Free Printable Recipe for Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr


Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter melted and cooled

Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¾ cup lemon juice 4-5 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup powdered sugar for sprinkling on top


Crust Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 340 degrees F.
  • Melt butter, and set aside to cool.
  • Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with foil. (I use a 3 fool piece, folded in half. Then I fold each end over about an inch to create reinforced handles.
  • Spray the foil with non-stick baking spray.
  • Whisk flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt until combined. Add cooled butter, and mix to form dough. Press into foil lined pan.
  • Bake at 340 degrees for 25 minutes.

Filling Directions:

  • While crust is baking, wash lemons, and remove 1 tablespoon zest. Squeeze ¾ cup juice.
  • Whisk together eggs, sugar and flour. Then add zest and juice and whisk until completely incorporated.
  • Remove crust from oven, and pour lemon mixture on top. Carefully return to oven and bake another 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and allow to cool 10 minutes on a cooling rack. Using the reinforced ends of the foil, gently lift from pan, and cool the rack. When completely cool, return to baking pan, cover tightly, and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  • Just before serving, sift powdered sugar over top, and cut into squares.
  • Serve plain or garnished with whipped cream, ice cream, or berries.