Best Lemon Bars Recipe

Best Lemon Bars Recipe

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors in spring. One of my families’ favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie, but I rarely make it because there are SO many steps. When I’m craving a sweet lemon dessert, I make these easy lemon bars. The recipe requires only about 15 minutes of hands on time, and the finished bars come out delicious every single time.

I made this recipe for Easter brunch, and it was such a hit, it’s been requested for Mother’s Day as well!

Best Lemon Bars Recipe

Best Lemon Bars Recipe

(inspired by this Betty Crocker Recipe)

You’re going to want to double this one. I promise.

  • 1 cup finely sifted white flour (can use white whole wheat if you choose)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • extra powdered sugar to garnish


1. Combine the flour, butter, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl until a loose dough forms. Press the dough into a buttered 8″x8″ pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 350°.

2. Using a mixer, beat the white sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, eggs, baking powder, and salt, until they are thoroughly combined. This mixture should be fluffy.

3. Pour the egg mixture into the hot crust.

4. Bake the whole thing in a 350° oven for 25 minutes.

5. Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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  1. Oh YUM! These look delicious- I’ve never tried lemon bars before! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Those look so delicious. Lemon bars have always been a favorite of mine, but for some reason, I’m scared to make them. This seems easy enough!

  3. Yum! I love lemon bars!

  4. LisaLisa says:

    Those lemon bars look so yummy! I can remember my Mom making them when we were kids.

  5. I don’t usually like lemons in desserts but for some reason these are calling my name! :)

  6. I love everything lemon! I spent part of the winter in southern california and fell in love with having fresh lemons available anytime. It’s tough being back in Michigan & having to buy lemons from the store, but I still use them to make delicious treats! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  7. They look delicious! And the recipe seems to be easy. I will make these soon. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yum! I love lemon bars and so does my husband. I would probably top these with some raspberries as well since I love the combined flavors. I am bookmarking this recipe for later.

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