The Best Lemon Bars


This lemon bars recipe is simple to make and will wow your friends. Tart, rich, and delicious all rolled into one!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 9x13-inch pan



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar


  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 lemons, juiced


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. To make the crust: Blend 2 cups flour, softened butter, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl until well combined; press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13-inch pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until firm and golden, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, make the filling: Whisk remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour in a medium bowl. Whisk in eggs, then lemon juice until smooth; pour filling over the baked crust.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Set the pan aside to cool completely; the bars will firm up as they cool. When cooled, cut into uniform squares.

    looking into a stack of lemon bars, with creamy lemon custard filing and powdered sugar on top.


Dust cooled bars with confectioners' sugar if you like.

For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and add a drop of green food coloring to create a very pale green. After the bars have cooled, arrange them in a checkerboard fashion.

Editor's Note:

Please note the difference in ingredient amounts and serving size when using the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
8g Fat
26g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 55mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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