Easy lemon bar recipe, yum! With the tanginess of lemons and a sweet dusting of powdered sugar, these must-bake lemon bars are a family favorite!
How to Make Homemade Lemon Bars
I remember my grandmother making these lemon bars. Here in Arizona, citrus grows really well so we would pick the lemons from her tree and spend the day baking! We sure love this easy to make lemon bar recipe. They’re also a family favorite favorite because they are easy to make plus one batch makes 25 lemon squares. They’re definitely the best lemon bars you’ll ever have with their fresh squeezed lemon juice and grated peel. No worries, they’re still yummy if you use store bought juice and leave out the peel but we love that added sweetness of the real thing.
Our Perfect Lemon Bar Recipe
These lemon bars are perfectly chewy and just the right amount of sweet.
Crust: Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar with a spoon. Press in ungreased pan, building up 1/2-inch edge. Bake 20 minutes.
Lemon Filling: Beat remaining ingredients except powered sugar with electric mixer on high speed about 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Pour over baked layer.
More Yummy Desserts to Try:
- Lime Curd Sugar Cookie Cups
- Lemon Cream Pie
- Pink Grapefruit Sandwich Cookies
- Lime Sugar Cookies
- No Bake Mini Key Lime Cheesecake
LEMON BAR RECIPE:
- 1 c All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 c Butter
- 1/4 c Powdered Sugar
- 1 c Granulated Sugar
- 2 tsp Grated Lemon Peel *opt
- 6-7 T Lemon Juice
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 Eggs
- Powered Sugar *opt
- Heat oven to 350.
- Mix flour, butter and 1/4 c powdered sugar with spoon.
- Press in ungreased 8×8 pan.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Beat remaining ingredients except powdered sugar with electric mixer on high speed about 3 mins, or until light and fluffy.
- Pour over baked layer.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or just until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly in center.
- Cool completely.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- Cut into 5 rows by 5 rows.
- Yields 25 squares.
NOTE: These will taste better and more lemony with fresh squeezed lemon juice versus bottled juice.
FAQ about Lemon Bars:
- How do you make a lemon zest? Wash your lemon well then scrape your citrus across a cheese grater. So easy!
- Do lemon squares need to be refrigerated? No, but we personally love them cold.
- How long can you keep lemon squares? In or out of the fridge, they’ll last up to 3 days.
- Why are my lemon bars brown on top? It usually means it’s in too small of a baking dish so it’s too thick. Yes, you can salvage lemon bars that have browned on top. Simply pull them out, scrape off the brown crust with a spatula ( use a knife around the edge), drop the temperature by 10 degrees then put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes until cooked evenly.
Gorgeous pictures from our fav foodie: My Name is Snickerdoodle.