Perfect Lemon Bars

I think lemon bars are a love or hate relationship.  You either love them or you don’t.  I for one, LOVE a good lemon bar.  My hubby on the other hand hates them.  So I knew that making these in North Carolina for a group of guys was the perfect opportunity.  I wouldn’t be the only one eating them.  🙂


These turned out amazing.  The shortbread cookie layer on the bottom was perfect.  The lemon layer in the middle was tangy and the powdered sugar on top gave it the perfect sweet finishing touch.   All of the guys loved them.  I even got my lemon bar hater husband to try them.  He said they were good!  Maybe I can turn him into a lover of lemon bars!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Perfect Lemon Bars
Perfectly baked tangy and sweet lemon bars!
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Additional confectioners' sugar for sprinkling on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until blended. Slowly beat in 1½ cups flour.
  3. Press into the bottom of a greased 13x9 pan and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.
  4. While baking, in a small bowl whisk eggs, sugar, lemon juice and remaining 3 T flour until frothy. Pour over the hot crust.
  5. Bake an additional 20-25 minutes until the top is lightly brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Dust the top with additional confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars and refrigerate leftovers.
Recipe source Taste of Home



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  1. Looks yummy. Great photography!

  2. These look delicious and I agree lemon bars are totally one of those love/hate foods. Especially, if they aren’t good! I bet these Re so good though!

  3. OMG!!! Just made these and I can not believe how simple and delicious this recipe is. Lemon bars are my favorite dessert and I have never found a simple recipe I could do on my own. Thank you so much for posting this and I look forward to trying some of your other recipes soon!

  4. I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be rude but, you never mentioned how much this recipe yields. Or does that all depend on the person cooking it. I presume it is the later one, but I just want to be sure. . .


  5. These were delicious and SO easy to make! I love lemon bars and these were perfect. Thank you!!

  6. I reduced the sugar to 1.5 cups and added the zest of one lemon. I also poured the lemon / egg / sugar mixture over the crust while it was still hot and reduced the second baking time to 20 minutes. They came out perfect. I’d been looking for a recipe similar to my grandma’s (no cream cheese, baking powder, melted butter) and this was spot on.

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