A white plate stacked with bright yellow classic lemon bars recipe and strawberries in a dish behind it

Lemon Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24
Lemon bars are a classic spring recipe made with a buttery crust and gooey lemon filling. Top this lemon bar recipe with powdered sugar and you’ll have an easy and delicious dessert!



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice about 3 large lemons
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest 1 large lemon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • To make the crust: cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for 1-2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low, add the flour, salt and lemon juice and beat until just mixed. 
  • Dump the dough into the prepared baking pan and press the dough to the edges of the pan to build up 1/2 inch on the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until edges start to turn golden brown.
  • Remove from oven, leave the oven on and cool on a wire rack.
  • To make the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, flour, salt, lemon juice and lemon zest in a large bowl. Mixture will be very runny.
  • Pour over the baked crust and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set and doesn't move when shaken.
  • Allow to cool completely at room temperature.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares before serving.


To freeze: Lasts 3 days in fridge or 3 months in freezer. Place on baking sheet and freeze completely for 3 hours then transfer to plastic bag and store until ready. Thaw in fridge overnight.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 108mg5%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.