Super Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

Even though Lemon Meringue Day passed on August 15 we wanted to share this fresh lemon bar recipe that is going to be a staple for you all year long. Lemon bars are refreshing enough for summer parties yes decadent for the coldest winter day dessert.

There is something about the smell of lemon in the midst of winter that can brighten a mood. My 14-year-old daughter looked around for a yummy lemon bar recipe to use some of the yummy Limoneira lemons that were shipped to us.

Don’t forget to buy a few more lemons for our Refreshing Lemon Raspberry Bread Recipe.

baked lemon bars on a white plate with sliced lemons on the side

I have only baked fresh lemon bars a few times if in a hurry I will use a box mix. Not anymore, if my 14-year-old can make these successfully than you can!

Super Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

Unfortunately, she was not very consistent in her photography so I mainly have the finished product but it is pretty simple and having high-quality lemons is the key to any well-flavored lemon bar. NO lemon juice from a bottle here folks.

Lemon Bars Recipe with A Buttery Crust

The crust is a simple shortbread recipe that just needs to be evenly spread in your pan.

Make these super easy lemon bars using fresh lemons juiced

Can I Use Bottled Lemon Juice in Lemon Bars?

We highly recommend making homemade lemon bars with freshly squeezed lemons.

This easy lemon bar recipe we made the filling using your fresh lemons. The juicer the better.

If you look at your bars after the recommended bake time, and the filling looks loose, runny, or too liquid, give them more time. You’ll know your lemon bars are done when the edges are starting to turn golden, and the filling is set and no longer wobbly in the center.

fully baked lemon bars in a 9 by 13 pan

What should I top my Lemon Bars with Powdered Sugar:

Allow the bars to cool completely  I know these will smell amazing but you need to wait or your powdered sugar will just melt away.


side view of lemon bars on a white plate and sliced lemons with a black background

Present these babies on a white platter with some extra lemon slices so your guests know you used fresh lemons.

Another view of half the plate of sliced lemon bars with powdered sugar on top

I had just purchased a lemon at our grocery store. Wow, what a difference in the juiciness and smell. By far these were superior. I hate when you purchase citrus at the store, only to find little juice inside.

Yes, it’s best to store lemon bars in the refrigerator. To store them, simply cover them with plastic wrap and pop them in the fridge. Stored this way, your lemon bars should keep for about 1 week.
Lemon bars freeze beautifully — they are even good frozen. To freeze the bars, let them cool completely and freeze the batch whole, covered tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, for up to three months. (The cut bars can also be frozen in a single layer.)

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How to pick a juicy lemon

Small or large? Research indicates that it’s usually a better bargain to buy smaller lemons: you get more juice for your money

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Here are three tips for making delicious lemon bars:

  1. Use Fresh Lemon Juice and Zest:

The key to achieving bright, tangy lemon flavor in your lemon bars is to use freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest. Avoid using bottled lemon juice, as it lacks the freshness and vibrancy of freshly squeezed juice. Additionally, lemon zest contains essential oils that intensify the lemon flavor, so be sure to zest the lemons before juicing them.

2. Bake the Crust Before Adding the Filling:

To ensure a crisp and sturdy crust for your lemon bars, it’s essential to partially bake the crust before adding the lemon filling. This helps to set the crust and prevent it from becoming soggy once the filling is added. Bake the crust until it’s just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges, then allow it to cool slightly before pouring in the lemon filling.

3. Chill Before Cutting:

For clean and neat slices, it’s crucial to chill the lemon bars thoroughly before cutting them into squares. After baking and cooling, place the lemon bars in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, or preferably overnight, to allow them to fully set. This will firm up the filling and make it easier to slice into clean, uniform squares without the filling oozing out.

Other Recipes using Lemons you might enjoy:

Italian Lemon Cake


Lemon Cookies

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What is your favorite Lemon Cookie Recipe?







Make these super easy lemon bars using fresh lemons

Best Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

Yield: 24 Cookie Bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A super easy but flavorful lemon bar recipe with a shortbread crust and powdered sugar toppimg


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 lemons, juiced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring to give a very pale green. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 189Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 51mgSodium 73mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 1gSugar 17gProtein 2g


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  1. Love how the ingredients are simple and this is easy to make! They look very delicious too

  2. I haven’t made lemon bars in awhile. But after seeing your bars I am craving them so much. I need to make them ASAP. Great recipe!

  3. Delicious lemon bars, I have weakness to lemon bars

  4. I had no idea that Lemon Meringue Pie day was August 15th! I randomly posted my lemon pie recipe, lol.

    These lemon bars look amazing!

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