The Best Lemon Bars

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Lemon is one of my favorite flavors in spring. One of my families’ favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie, but I rarely make it because there are SO many steps. When I’m craving a sweet lemon dessert, I make these easy lemon bars. The recipe requires only about 15 minutes of hands on time, and the finished bars come out delicious every single time.

I made this recipe for Easter brunch, and it was such a hit, it’s been requested for Mother’s Day as well!

Best Lemon Bars

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup finely sifted white flour can use white whole wheat if you choose
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • grated peel of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • extra powdered sugar to garnish


  • Combine the flour, butter, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a medium mixing bowl until a loose dough forms. Press the dough into a buttered 8″x8″ pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 350°.
  • Using a mixer, beat the white sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, eggs, baking powder, and salt, until they are thoroughly combined. This mixture should be fluffy.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the hot crust.
  • Bake the whole thing in a 350° oven for 25 minutes.
  • Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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