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Lemon Bars

close up side shot of lemon bars stacked on top of each other
This old fashioned lemon bar recipe is a classic family favorite. The buttery crust is covered with a creamy lemon filling that is both sweet and tangy. Dusted with powdered sugar before being served, this homemade dessert is the best!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 256 kcal



  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup lemon juice fresh is best, about 4 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.
  • For the crust mix the butter, sugar, and vanilla together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the flour and stir to combine.
  • Press firmly into your prepared pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are light brown.
  • Add the sugar and flour into a large bowl. Use a whisk to get out any lumps.
  • Add the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice and whisk until combined.
  • Pour the filling over the warm crust. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the center is set and doesn’t jiggle.
  • Remove from oven and cool completely at room temperature. Then refrigerate.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.


TIP: Use fresh lemon juice to really enhance the flavor of this recipe, bottled lemon juice will not have the same flavor or texture.
TIP: This is one recipe that I really recommend using a glass baking dish for. I just use a standard 9x13 glass casserole dish that you can pick up just about anywhere.
TIP: Once your lemon bars are well chilled, take an oiled and very sharp knife and cut. I recommend wiping it off in between cuts just to get those beautiful, clean lines.


Sodium: 84mgCalcium: 12mgVitamin C: 5mgVitamin A: 296IUSugar: 30gFiber: 1gPotassium: 45mgCholesterol: 61mgCalories: 256kcalSaturated Fat: 5gFat: 9gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 42gIron: 1mg