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Stack of the best lemon bars with powdered sugar on top and one bite missing

Lemon Bars Recipe

These are not the flimsy, thin lemon bars you see all over the internet! My recipe makes the best lemon bars ever – thick shortbread crust with that creamy tart lemon filling! If you’ve been disappointed with other recipes you have to give my recipe a try – I know you will love it.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 bars
Calories 468kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $8



  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • Zest of 1 medium lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice from about 4 medium lemons
  • Powdered sugar for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 or an 8x8 pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Make the crust by creaming the butter with a hand or a stand mixer (fitted with the paddle attachment) until smooth. Add powdered sugar, flour, and salt and mix slowly until the mixture is crumbly but sticks together when you press it between your fingers. Press the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for about 13 minutes, or until it just starts to get a light golden brown around the edges.
  • While the crust is baking, whisk the eggs until beaten. Whisk in the sugar, lemon zest, salt, and lemon juice. Pour over hot crust, then continue to bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the mixture is no longer liquid in the center and it’s lightly golden brown on top.
  • Cool completely before removing from pan. Remove foil, then dust with powdered sugar. Slice and serve, dusting with more powdered sugar as desired.



  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 736IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg