Lemon Bars

Posted on June 1, 2013
Hi, Everybody! Happy First Day of June! As ready as I was for the summer to finally be here, I was definitely not prepared for the intense heat that we’ve been having this past week! I feel like it went from “light jacket kind of weather” to “I don’t even want to step outside kind of weather” within just a couple of days! But I’m not complaining, and am loving this much needed dose of Vitamin D every day! As you probably know from reading my blog, I love to bake, whether it’s in the fall when we crave those cozy, comforting pies and cakes, or in the summer, when all you want is something light and refreshing. These Lemon Bars that I’m sharing with you today are just that – deliciously refreshing! The crust is wonderfully sweet and buttery and perfectly complements the tart, gooey filling that’s dusted with a thin layer of sugar for a little extra sweetness! The perfect summer dessert!
(Recipe adapted from Ina Garten)
*Makes 16 squares*
4oz unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Confectioners sugar for dusting



1. First, preheat your oven to 350 deg F and line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Prepare your crust by mixing together the softened butter, sugar and salt. Once you have a smooth mixture, add in the flour and mix until you get a soft dough. Press the dough into your prepared baking pan, then let it chill in the fridge until your oven is ready. Bake the crust for 15 – 20 minutes, until it is just slightly golden brown.
2. Let the crust chill and prepare your filling. Whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice and flour and pour over the chilled crust. Bake (at 350 deg F again) for 35 – 40 minutes, or until the middle no longer jiggles. Let cool completely and dust with confectioners’ sugar before eating.
Happy Baking, Everyone!

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  • Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles June 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious! I love sweet lemon desserts 🙂

  • Nat D. July 1, 2013 at 2:58 am

    So lemon bars are on my top 10 list of favorite desserts. I can’t believe I’ve never made them before. Can you send me some of these???

  • Christina July 16, 2013 at 7:57 am

    These didn’t work out well for me. 🙁

    • Maria July 16, 2013 at 9:44 am

      Sorry they didn’t work out for you, Christina! This is the only lemon bar recipe that works for me! Sometimes cutting the amount of lemon filling helps, it’s easier to bake them with a thin crust and thin lemon layer. Hope you have a good week!

  • Kathy Sallander August 17, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Love these

  • Kathy Sallander August 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Love these

  • Bright and Beautiful Life August 28, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Hi Maria ~ I found your blog after you left a comment on mine about my peach pie ~ I’m so glad you did. These lemon bars look delicious and I’m so glad to see a recipe that is “from scratch.” It seems like all of the lemon bar recipes floating around lately use canned lemon pie filling and a boxed cake mix, which is not my style of baking. So thanks for this yummy recipe. It looks like you have lots of good things here. I’m a new follower! 🙂 Have a great day.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life

  • The Semi-single Mom June 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Tried it and it had a weird aftertaste. Kind of a weird wang. Have you made any adjustments to the recipe since posting this?

  • Kristen Fetty August 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I just made these. No good at waiting for things to cool, so I dove right in. Be careful doing that, burns your mouth. Haha. They’re absolutely delicious. They taste so much better than artificially flavored lemon bars – to be expected with fresh ingredients. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Regina Clark December 24, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Made these last weekend….amazing!!! Making them again for Christmas dessert.

  • Taylor January 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it and I absolutely love it. I wrote a post about it for my blog, if you want to read it this is the link: https://theoddlandofme.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/lemon-with-an-aftertaste-of-success/ . I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! 🙂

    • ahomemadeliving January 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Glad you liked it! I’m going to go over to check out your post! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by to tell me! Have a great week!

  • Anonymous July 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I tried this and it was delicious and so easy to make. I took it to a family dinner and everyone loved the crunchy and lemony flavour!! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Linda Walle July 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Easy pleasy recipe and delish. had made this for family dinner big hit. So lemony but not like lemon curd but more chewy bar. Yummmm ! Thanks for the recipe!

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