Lemon Bars

These EASY LEMON BARS are so good and beyond easy to whip up for a tasty treat anytime of the week. The perfect balance of tart and sweet!

lemon bars on cutting board

I told you a couple of weeks ago that I was on a lemon kick and now you can see that I wasn’t lying!

This lemon bar recipe is probably my favorite lemon dessert and I think you guys are going to love it too!

The rich, buttery crust pairs so perfectly with the slightly tart, slightly sweet filling. I think this tastes like lemonade in dessert form! 


I could really get in trouble with these lemon bars in the house, which means that it’s a good thing this recipe is for an 8×8 pan instead of a 9×13. I’d seriously eat the whole pan! 

This recipe came from a Taste of Home magazine and I made zero changes – it’s perfect as is!

How to make these easy lemon bars: 

lemon bars crust in white pan

You’ll start by preparing the bottom layer of the lemon bars and it starts with a simple shortbread dough. 

You’ll need flour, butter, and powdered sugar. That’s it! 

Beat those together with a mixer and press into an 8×8 baking dish.

Bake the base for 20 minutes before adding the lemon topping.

lemon bars in baking dish

To make the lemon topping, you’ll whip up a couple of eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice, zest, and a little baking powder.

Totally simple and you don’t even need the mixer – just grab a wire whisk and start stirring!

Pour the filling right over the cookie base and pop all this back in the oven. 

You’ll want to cool this on a wire rack before giving it a generous dusting of powdered sugar.

easy lemon bars

Should lemon bars be refrigerated? 

Yes, store these tightly covered in the fridge. They’re delicious cold, but you can also bring them to room temperature before serving.

This lemon bar recipe should last up to 4 days in the fridge – if you don’t devour them all first.

Special Tools Needed to make this lemon bar recipe: 

The below links are affiliate links. 

Microplane ZesterThe perfect tool for zesting citrus fruits or shaving Parmesan cheese into fluffy little mounds!

Dusting Wand: This is just a little gadget you fill with powered sugar and then you shake! So easy and I use it to dust powdered sugar over my homemade brownies too! No big clumps of powdered sugar. 

8×8 Baking DishI love this dish and it comes in a range of pretty colors!

lemon bar recipe

More easy dessert recipes to try: 

Eclair Cake: No need to heat up the oven with this no bake recipe!

Blackberry Cobbler: We make this alllll summer long!

Lemon Cookies: Simple and sweet!

Apple Cobbler: Always a classic!

homemade lemon bar recipe

lemon bar recipe
5 from 4 votes

Lemon Bars

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Servings: 9 bars
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dessert recipes, summer recipes
Calories: 264 kcal

These easy lemon bars will quickly become a summer staple!


For the crust:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
For the filling
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 whole lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • powdered sugar for sprinkling


For the crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. Add the flour, butter, and powdered sugar to a bowl and beat with a mixer until the dough comes together.

  3. Press the dough into an ungreased 8x8 baking dish. 

  4. Bake for 20 minutes. 

For the filling
  1. Add the eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, lemon juice, and lemon zest to a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.

  2. Pour the filling over the crust and return to the oven for 25 minutes. The filling should be just slightly jiggly.

  3. Cool for one hour before dusting with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes

Store lemon bars tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Recipe from a Taste of Home magazine.


Nutrition Facts
Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on bunsinmyoven.com should only be used as a general guideline.