Lemon Bars

These perfect Lemon Bars have just the right amount of citrus flavor and are topped on a buttery crust! Easy to make and the best dessert recipe for spring! 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bars, dessert, lemon, lemon bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
chilling tie 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 15 Bars


For the crust:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the lemon filling:

  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • powdered sugar optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a 9x13 pan and set aside. 

For the crust:

  1. Cream the butter with the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment. This should take 2 to 3 minutes at medium speed.  

  2. Press into the bottom of your prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes.

For the filling:

  1. While the crust is cooling, whisk together the sugar, flour, eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest. 

  2. Pour over the crust and bake and additional 20 minutes or until the custard is set. 

  3. Refrigerate until chilled, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and enjoy.