Lemony Lemon Bars

These easy lemony lemon bars are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. There's a shortbread layer and on top of that is a soft, lemon layer. They are so simple to make and the family will love them. Need more lemon? Try these Lemon Cake Mix Bars.
lemon bars cut into squares


Lemony Lemon Bars

Are you ready for the second recipe from my Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook for National Cookie Month? I asked on Facebook and you told me you wanted the lemon bars so here we are. You can pre-order your book now to get it on the 31st of October

When I cut these bars, they were partially warm. I had put them in the fridge to chill but I ran out of time before I had to snap a couple of photos. Yet, even while the bars were still warm, they stayed together pretty nicely. Sometimes if you cut a baked good, rather it's a bar, pie, cake, etc., while it's warm, it will fall apart and become a huge mess.

stacked lemony lemon bars on white plate

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I sort of enjoy looking at all of the bubbles on the top of these bars. I think it gives the lemon bars a little more appeal. If you're not a fan of it, dust the tops of the bars with a small amount of powdered sugar. That also gives a nice finish.

close up of lemony lemon bars showing layers

I'll be sharing a couple more recipes from the book before the month is over too. I happen to have 160 of them to pick from so you never know what will be shared next. I've been sharing little sneak peeks over on my Facebook page too. You know, like some of the table of contents and recipe pages.

lemon bars on white table

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How to make Lemony Lemon Bars

A stack of lemony lemon bars on a white plate.

Lemony Lemon Bars

These lemony lemon bars are easy to make. They're sweet with a tangy bite to them. There's a shortbread crust and a soft, lemon top. Finish the bars with a dusting of powdered sugar.
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars
Calories 409 kcal



  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt


  • 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • zest of 3 large lemons
  • ¾ cup lemon juice 3 large lemons
  • 4 eggs room temperature



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 11x7 pan with tin foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, add in the butter and sugar. Beat on medium until creamy. 
  • Add in the flour and salt and continue beating until incorporated. If it doesn't come together, use your hands and press it together. 
  • Press the dough evenly into the prepared baking pan. 
  • Place into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and work on the filling.


  • In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, and lemon zest. 
  • Add in the lemon juice and eggs and whisk until thoroughly incorporated. 
  • Pour the filling on top of the baked crust and place into the preheated oven. Bake for 35 minutes or until the filling is set.
  • Let cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours to set. Cut and serve!


Calories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 196mgPotassium: 71mgSugar: 37gVitamin A: 550IUVitamin C: 5.9mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1.6mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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  1. Lemon anything and I am sold! We just started the Whisk It Wednesday link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too! Thanks, Carrie

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