Easy Lemon Bars

Six-ingredients are all you need for these easy lemon bars. Bursting with great sweet-tart lemon taste and a buttery shortbread base, they are everything a lemon bar should be. Perfect for every day or a special occasion.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Bars, Party Food
Servings: 24
Calories: 189kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan



  • 1 cup butter 2 sticks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter


  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 medium lemons 2/3 cup of lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs


  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a 9 by 13 baking dish. Give it a light brush of butter then cover the bottom with parchment paper.
  • Soften 1 cup (two sticks) of butter in the microwave. Mix the softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. If unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon salt. It will look crumbly. Press into the bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until firm and golden.
  • Whisk together 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/3 cup flour. Add 4 eggs and the juice of 4 medium lemons (or 2/3 cup lemon juice.) Mix well.
  • Pour the lemon/egg mixture over the baked crust. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and dust with powdered sugar. Cool in refigerator before cutting into 2-inch squares.


Pro Tips:

  1. An easy recipe to cut in half using an 8 by 8 baking dish.
  2. You may use fresh lemons or lemon juice.
  3. Be sure to cool completely before cutting.
  4. The bars should be refrigerated for storage and should be good for a few days. I'm not convinced that these would freeze well.
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Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg