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Lemon Pie Bars- with Meringue

These lemon pie bars are topped with a sweet meringue topping giving them the perfect combination of tart and sweet! 

Lemon Pie Bars

Lemon Meringue Pie Bars

Moment of honesty? I can bake pie, but I prefer not to. My pies always taste great, but I can never get it to look like those beautiful pie photos you see on the web. Luckily, I found that it is fairly simple to turn your favorite pie into a bar!

I tested this theory with one of my go-to flavors… Lemon Meringue.

Lemon Pie Bar Crust

Lemon Bars Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Lemons
  • Lemon juice

I already have an amazing lemon bar recipe, but the meringue on top seemed to add just a touch of pie goodness. Fluffy whipped egg whites with a touch of sugar and fresh lemon juice gives the topping a kick of tartness that really sends these over the edge.

Lemons

How to make lemon bars with meringue topping:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and 1/2 cup sugar. Cut in the butter and 3 egg yolks (make sure it’s just the yolk and save the whites for later). Press into your prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Cool
  3. While your crust is cooling combine the sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Pour over the crust.
  4. In a clean bowl whip 4 egg whites until foamy. Slowly add the 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until stiff peeks form. Spread over your bars and bake an additional 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Craving more lemon? Try my Lemon Coconut Cupcakes!

Lemon Pie Bar Filling

Lemon Bar Crust Options:

For this recipe, I opted for a more classic pie crust. Except I made it super easy. All you have to do is toss the ingredients and gently press them into your prepared pan! Just like that you have a base ready for the oven that is filled with buttery goodness.

Here are a few of our other favorite crusts to pair with this recipe:

  • Vanilla wafer crust
  • Shortbread cookie crust
  • Classic pie crust
Lemon Pie Bar Recipe

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Lemon Pie Bars

Lemon Pie Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These lemon pie bars are topped with a sweet meringue topping giving them the perfect combination of tart and sweet! 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 large eggs, divided
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • Zest from two lemons
  • 1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.

2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and 1/2 cup sugar. Cut in the butter and 3 egg yolks (make sure it's just the yolk and save the whites for later). Press into your prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes. Cool

3. While your crust is cooling combine the sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest and 1/2 cup lemon juice. Pour over the crust.

4. In a clean bowl whip 4 egg whites until foamy. Slowly add the 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until stiff peeks form. Spread over your bars and bake an additional 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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aimee @ like mother like daughter

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Lemon pie is so good, but these pie bars look even better. I love that meringue on top!!

Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

Tuesday 15th of March 2016

These bars look amazing! Love the meringue topping! Lemon desserts are my favorite!

Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

Monday 14th of March 2016

I can't get enough lemon lately! Love that meringue topping!

Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

Monday 14th of March 2016

I'm so glad we both love lemon! These bars are perfect!

Yvonne [Tried and Tasty]

Monday 14th of March 2016

I can tell you first hand how amazing these are. Seriously LOVE lemon, and LOVE these bars! So happy I got to have a little sample taste of them :)

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