How to Make the Best Lemon Bars Recipe
This classic lemon bar recipe makes the perfect dessert for a baby shower, bake sales, special occassion, or just the perfect treat with a cup of tea.
With its bright lemon color, these classic lemon bars are made with simple ingredients. A crisp shortbread crust paired with a luscious lemon filling makes these the best lemon squares ever!
How to Make Homemade Lemon Bars from Scratch in an 8 x 8 inch square pan
Ingredients for this Easy Lemon Bars Recipe:
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup salted cold butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (Fresh lemon juice is best, but you can also use purchased lemon juice.)
Step by step instructions:
Prepare the buttery shortbread crust.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare pan by lining it with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and powdered sugar. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the cold butter until it resembles course oatmeal.
3. Press the crumb mixture into an 8 x 8 inch prepared pan that has been lined with parchment paper and bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Prepare the sweet tart lemon curd filling.
- Whisk together the eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon juice. (Fresh lemons make the best lemon juice, so if you have some, I recommend using fresh lemon juice.)
2. Pour the lemon curd mixture over the warm crust and bake 20-25 minutes longer.
The filling is cooked when the center is set.
Place the lemon bars pan on a cooling rack and cool completely before slicing.
Remove them from by the pan by lifting the parchment paper. Sprinkle with a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar) for a pretty finishing touch.
Cut into 16 squares with a sharp knife.
How to store lemon bars.
Since lemon bars have a custard filling, it is recommended to store them covered in the refrigerator if they aren’t going to be eaten within a few hours.
I like to even store them in the freezer if I want to make them ahead for a future event.
How lemon bars became a family favorite recipe.
Although lemon recipes are typically thought of as Spring or Summer recipes, the first time I remember eating them was at Grandma’s house at Christmas time!
I was a freshman in college and she enjoyed baking special treats for me and my college friends. This recipe was a memorable one that has been a favorite ever since. Now, I find it is a great recipe to take to potlucks, bridal or baby showers, or family picnics.
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This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try this recipe.
I just made this and can’t wait to have it with tea later today! It is still cooling off. Thank you for sharing quick, easy and delicious recipes!
I made this recipe and it was very easy. Many people in my family like lemon squares. The crust was nice but the squares did not taste much like lemon and I did double the amount of lemon. A bit disappointing.
Yum! Lemon bars are one of my favorite treats and these look delicious, Rita! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!