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Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

This is a scrumptious and easy lemon bars recipe.

It really is the best lemon bar recipe that I’ve tried. It has a shortbread crust, creamy center, and a crunchy top dusted with powdered sugar for the perfect dessert.

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I love lemon because it is such a delicious and refreshing and classic treat.

This recipe for lemon bars is perfect for picnics, church potlucks, barbecues, or as a dessert at home.

I’ve made a lot of lemon bars over the years, but this is my favorite recipe because it’s easy and it turns out perfectly.

I’ve had a lot of recipes flop, but this one really sets up well.

The sweet and tart combination of these easy lemon bars is sure to be a favorite around your house. 

These lemon crinkle cookies, from Kelsey over at Dance Around the Kitchen, are a sweet treat to serve with lemon bars.

Lemon Bars slices on the counter,

What Ingredients Do I Need For Homemade Lemon Bars?

Shortbread Crust

  • Butter (softened)
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt

Lemon Filling

  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • All-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How To Make The Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

  1. For the shortbread crust, cream the softened butter and sugar.
  2. Next, add the flour and salt, mix, and press the mixture into the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ casserole dish.
  3. Chill for 15 minutes and then bake for 15 minutes.
  4. For the lemon filling, mix the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and flour in a large bowl.
  5. Pour it over the baked shortbread crust.
  6. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes.
  7. Cool, cut, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

How To Make Lemon Bars

Shortbread Crust

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Add the softened butter and sugar to a bowl and cream together.

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Next, add the flour and mix together.

The mixture might be a little crumbly, but that’s ok, it will be fine once you press it into the baking dish.

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Press the shortbread dough into the dish. 

Chill the dough for about 15 minutes, and then place the dough into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown.

TIP: I used tin foil to line the dish. It will be easier to take it out and cut it once it’s done baking and cooling. 

TIP: Be sure to spray the tin foil with a non-stick spray, or grease it with butter. 

Lemon Filling

Lemon squares with shortbread base

In another large bowl, add the eggs. 

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Pour the sugar into the bowl and mix together.

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Add the lemon juice and mix together.

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Next, add the flour and mix.

Put a little bit of flour in at a time. You might need to break out the mixer to get all of the flour lumps out. 

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Pour the lemon mixture over the shortbread crust. 

Bake for about 30-35 minutes until the lemon mixture doesn’t wiggle. 

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Let the bars cool for about 30-45 minutes. If you use tinfoil, you can lift it right out of the dish and cut it easily. I used a pizza cutter and it worked perfectly.

Easy Lemon Bars

Other delicious desserts:

  • Chocolate chip cake with brown sugar is a wonderful dessert for potlucks, parties, and after-dinner dessert.
  • M&M Cookie bars are a fun treat to share. They are colorful and everyone loves M&M’s.
  • Double chocolate bars are so decadent and delicious, and they are made with sweetened condensed milk.
  • Hello Dolly bars is another recipe made with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pecans.
  • Eggnog pie is a wonderful recipe for the holidays. It’s easy to make and everyone will love it.

Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

Check out the recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start mixing! This is a wonderful dessert for any occasion.

Then, share your comments below and share a picture of your classic lemon bars on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share it with us so we can try it, too!

Easy Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Rest Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

You'll love this recipe for Easy Lemon Bars. This is the best lemon bar recipe that I've tried, with a shortbread crust, creamy center, and a crunchy top, dusted with powdered sugar. It's the perfect dessert.


Shortbread Crust

  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Lemon Filling

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


Preheat oven to 350-degrees

Shortbread Crust

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  2. Add the flour and salt and mix.
  3. Press into a greased 13" x 9" casserole dish.
  4. Chill for 15 minutes.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden brown.

Lemon Filling

  1. Add six eggs to a large bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and lemon juice and mix together.
  3. Add the flour a little bit at a time and mix.
  4. Pour over shortbread crust and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lemon filling it set.
  5. Cool for at least 30-45 minutes.
  6. Cut and sprinkle with powdered sugar.



Using tinfoil (greased) inside of the casserole dish makes it easier to take the lemon bars out and cut them after they cool.

I used a pizza cutter to cut the lemon bars. It made a nice clean cut square.

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