Lemon Bars on white plate with lemon slices in background
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Easy Lemon Bars Recipe

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Do you ever get a craving for something and immediately search for a recipe to make it? That is exactly what happened to me with these Easy Lemon Bars! I couldn’t find any recipes for them in my vintage cookbooks, so I had to consult my newer books. Luckily, I found this recipe in a cookbook that my mom recently gave me.

What Ingredients Will I Need?

  • Flour
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Baking Powder
Ingredients on counter
Ingredients for Easy Lemon Bars

Helpful Tips

  • Use a pastry blender to mix flour, powdered sugar, and butter
  • Let bars cool before cutting
  • Add lemon zest for stronger flavor

Other Recipes You Might Like

If you want to stick with lemon, you may like No Bake Lemon Cheesecake, Lemon Gold Cake , Lemon Icebox Cake, or Lemon Pudding Cookies. Is lemon not for you? You might like my Strawberry Cream Pie or my Chocolate Shortbread Cookies. If you have to stay away from gluten, you may want to try these Gluten Free Madeleines from Fearless Dining.

Lemon bar on wooden board with lemon slices in background
Easy Lemon Bars

Final Thoughts on Easy Lemon Bars

This recipe was quick and easy to make and had just the right amount of lemon flavor for me. It wasn’t too tart, but just tart enough to enjoy. Some lemon desserts make my mouth pucker, but this one didn’t, which I appreciated. If you love lemons, you will like these bars.

What is your favorite lemon dessert?

Lemon Bars on white plate with lemon slices in background

Easy Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars are simple to make and have just the right amount of tartness to make them enjoyable! Whip up this quick treat for your next gathering!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • Cups Flour divided
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Cup Cold Butter cubed
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • Cup Lemon Juice
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Stir together 2 cups flour and ½ cup powdered sugar.
  • Cut in butter until crumbly.
  • Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, press into an ungreased 9 in. x 13 in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Set on cooling rack to cool for a few minutes.
  • In the meantime, beat eggs, sugar, lemon juice, baking powder, and ¼ cup flour until frothy.
  • Pour mixture over warm crust.
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until lighly browned.
  • Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar on top.
  • Allow 30 minutes to an hour for cooling before cutting.
Keyword Lemon, Lemon Bars, Lemon Dessert

Adapted from “The Best of Country Cooking 2009”

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