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stacked lemon bars topped with powdered sugar.
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White Chocolate Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars with a shortbread cookie crust and white chocolate - gooey lemon bars are the perfect easy dessert recipe!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: 5


  • 30 Pecan Shortbread Cookies (such as Pecan Sandies)
  • 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup (170g) white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (118ml) fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest from one lemon
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (31g) all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼ cup (28g) powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x9” baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

Make the Crust

  • Blender: Add cookies to a powderful blender and pulse a few times until they are a fine crumb. Add melted butter and pulse once or twice until incorporated. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Food processor: Finely crush the cookies using the food processor. Add to melted butter and stir with a fork until sandy, then press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Be sure to press very well so they are totally compact. If there are any holes the bars will invert. Sprinkle crust with white chocolate chips.
  • Add lemon juice, lemon zest, granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, and eggs to a blender and blend until smooth. Alternately, whisk together until mixture is smooth. Pour onto crust.
  • Bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden color. The top will have a dull white look too it. Cool completely.
  • Slice into bars and dust with powdered sugar before serving.



  • It's very important to compact the crust very well so the lemon mixutre doesn't soak through the bottom.
  • You can omit the white chocolate if you prefer.
  • You can use foil or parchment paper to line the pan.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg