Lemon Bars

(1 vote)
3 minutes
September 30, 2022
Carole Jones

These Easy Lemon Bars were always my favorite dessert when I was a kid.  I adored the shortbread crust, the layer of fresh lemon curd and a generous layer of powdered sugar dusted on top.  This is my mom’s famous lemon squares recipe but with a few tweaks I’ve made over the years to up the lemon flavor just a bit.  They make the best dessert for summer and kids love them!Easy Lemon Bars

I am completely, anxiously, impatiently waiting for the arrival of summer.  I’m not sure why this past winter has seemed longer than others but cold, cloudy Minnesota winter days have stolen a piece of my soul.  Since the summer season is short around here, I do tend to rush into both my summer wardrobe and my summer menus.

Easy Lemon Bars

These bars perfectly represent everything that is good about summer.  They are light, sweet and perfectly satisfying.  The addition of lemon zest makes the real lemon flavor shine.  One of my favorite tools in the kitchen is my fabulous microplane.  I use it for zesting lemons, grating fresh parmesan cheese and even for mincing garlic cloves.

The only hard part about this recipe is waiting for the lemon bars to completely cool.  I know it will be tempting to bust into them but try to control yourself.  Please.  The lemon curd really does need to completely cool for the best results when cutting the bars.  I believe in you.  You can do it 🙂

If you love lemon recipes, then don’t miss out on my favorite Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes!

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Easy Lemon Bars

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These easy lemon bars are simply the best! Buttery shortbread crust and fresh lemon juice and zest make all the difference.

  • Total Time: 58 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x




  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 C unsalted butter


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 C sugar
  • 1/3 C fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • zest of two lemons
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder


  1. Combine crust ingredients in your food processor and pulse until butter is well combined and in about pea size balls. Pour into greased 9×13 pan, and press evenly across the bottom until the crust comes together. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown, about 18 minutes.
  2. While crust bakes, combine filling ingredients and pour over the hot crust once it has baked. Return it to the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting. It helps to refrigerate the bars overnight if you have the time before cutting. Dust the top with sifted powdered sugar.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 48 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 411
  • Sugar: 42g
  • Sodium: 71mg
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 62g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 102mg

**My friend, this post contains Amazon affiliate links which means I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using my link, at no additional cost to you.   And no worries….I only link to products that I both use and love! ~Carole 

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


eva van goor
7 years ago

What means c is this a teaspoon or?????

7 years ago

Hey Eva! The standard use of “C” in a recipe stands for cups. I also use “Tb” for tablespoon and “tsp” for teaspoon.

3 years ago

DUH! Someone said there is no stupid question Was he wrong!.

5 years ago

Mine didn’t have this bright yellow colour.
What I did wrong?

5 years ago

Hi Cristina! Nothing necessarily. The color is very dependent on the lemon you use. If the color is super important to you, just add a couple drops of yellow food coloring 🙂

3 years ago

I was convinced most of my life that I didn’t like lemon desserts. These bars completely changed my mind!

3 years ago

See, it is good to try new things as we get older 🙂 So happy you loved them!

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