Stupid-Easy Recipe for Lemon Bars (#1 Top-Rated)


For all the lemon lovers in your life, these classic bars are one of the best treats you can make.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Lemon Bars.

1. Info for Lemon Bars

  • Cook Time: 1 hr 5 min
  • Total Time: 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings: 15
  • Calories: 367.8 kcal

2. Ingredients for Lemon Bars

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 3/4 cups (1450g) granulated sugar (divided)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (310g) all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 1 scant tsp. salt
  • 6 eggs
  • granulated sugar
  • Zest of 3 large lemons
  • lemon juice
  • all-purpose flour
  • Powdered Sugar (dusting)

3. Directions:

3.1 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3.2 Prep

Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, and set aside.

To make the crust, place the softened butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl and use a hand mixer to combine. Add the flour and continue mixing until a soft dough forms.

Transfer the dough to the baking pan. Using a tamper, clean hands, or the bottom of a heavy glass, press the dough into an even layer.

3.3 Oven

Bake the crust on middle rack of oven until slightly golden at the edges, 15-18 minutes. While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.

3.4 Prep

Place the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice into a large mixing bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until the mixture is just smooth and combined. Sift the flour into the bowl. Mix until the flour is fully incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.

Carefully remove the baking pan from the oven. Pour the lemon filling over the crust. Tap pan on the counter to reduce air bubbles in the filling.

3.5 Oven

Return pan to oven and continue baking until the filling sets and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes.

3.6 Check

Check to see that bars are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.7 Prep

Allow the bars to cool for 20 minutes at room temperature, then transfer to the refrigerator. Chill for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.

3.8 Serve

Just before serving, sift a generous layer of powdered sugar over the bars. Slice and serve.


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