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Best Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

Not too tart, not too sweet, lemon bars are perfect for picnics, desserts, afterschool snacks, and bake sales.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword best lemon bars, classic lemon bars with a shortbread crust, lemon dessert, lemon squares
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24 Bars
Calories 192kcal
Author Beth Mueller



Shortbread Crust

Lemon Filling


Shortbread Crust

  • Preheat oven to 375 Degrees F.
  • Prepare a 9 X 13 cake pan by spraying with baking spray. Alternatively, line the baking pan with parchment paper then cover with baking spray.
  • Combine all shortbread crust ingredients in a small bowl. Using a pastry cutter, 2 butter knives, or fingers, mix until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle crumbs evenly in cake pan.
  • Using the bottom of a cup, or a measuring cup, pat down the crumbs until they are even and smooth.
  • Place cake pan into preheated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or just until the edges of the shortbread crust are beginning to brown.
  • Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 350 Degree F.

Lemon Filling

  • In a bowl, mix eggs and sugar until well combined.
  • Add flour and mix until there are no lumps.
  • Add lemon juice and lemon zest, mix until well blended.
  • Pour over top of warm to the hot crust.
  • Place into 350 Degree F oven.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until topping no longer looks wet.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Allow lemon bars to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place into refrigerator until the bars are completely cooled and set, about an hour.
  • Once set and cooled, cut into desired size and shape.


Lemon Bars may be sprinkled with powdered sugar and lemon zest after completely cooled.


Serving: 1square | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 63mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 19.6g