Simple Lemon Bars Recipe

Simple Lemon Bar Recipe

This Lemon Bar Recipe is so quick, easy, and delicious you will find yourself digging up the recipe again and again.

When I mentioned to Kid #1 what I was making, he was eager to help while Kid #2 wasn’t so sure about the idea of lemon bars. He had never had them before. How did I do that? I feel like I have been neglecting his “love the lemon” education. After all, it was always a favorite flavor that my grandmother and I shared. I have to pass that along to the kids. It will make lemon pies or lemon pies or lemon cookies for dessert a much easier sell.

Whenever I stayed over at my maternal grandmother’s house in the summer, I swear she always had lemon bars available. When I think about her, it seems like that’s something that was hers. If there was a special occasion or a holiday, you can bet they would make an appearance there too.  I don’t know why I never think to make them myself. I can’t believe I had never made them before now! How did I let that happen?

Lemon bars recipes, like this one, are easy. There’s no fancy ingredients you will have to track down. There are no complicated directions. You don’t need any special equipment either. You will, however, need to use the oven for awhile so, if you are making this on a warm summer day, make it first thing in the morning to avoid heating up your home.

These lemon bars are a cinch to make. Remember that you will need to soften the butter. Do not let the butter melt. Let it sit at room temperature until it is softened. Preheat the oven and get ready. For this one, you will be so happy to hear that you need very few bowls. Any recipe that results in less dishes to deal with at the end is a win in my book.

Making Lemon Bars

Great Homemade Recipes

You will make a simple crust using a few ingredients. While it is baking, you will mix together the rest of the ingredients. You don’t have to wait for the crust to cool this time. The egg mixture will be poured right over the hot crust. Easy! Then, you pop it into the oven.

When it is finished baking, move it to a cooling rack. For a finishing touch, please let it cool completely before dusting the bars with powdered sugar. If you lack the patience, and dust the powdered sugar over the top too soon, it will melt into the bars. Resist the urge to rush it.

The end result? No one will keep out of this Lemon Bar Recipe. I’m pretty sure my husband even sneaked one for breakfast. It’s such a great cool dessert recipe perfect for the hottest month of the year.

Lemon Bars Recipe

Lemon Bars Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4 Dozen

Simple Lemon Bars Recipe

From Taste of Home 1996.

A family favorite for many, many years.


  • 3/4 Cup Butter, Softened
  • 2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Plus 3 Tablespoons Flour, Divided
  • 3 Eggs, Lightly Beaten
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  • Powdered Sugar, for Dusting


  1. 350* oven.
  2. Grease and set aside baking pan.
  3. In large bowl, beat Butter and Powdered Sugar until combined.
  4. Gradually beat in Flour.
  5. Press into bottom of baking pan and bake 18-20 minutes or until light golden brown.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine Eggs, Sugar, Lemon Juice, and remaining Flour until frothy. Pour over hot crust.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes longer or until topping is set and lightly browned. My lemon bars did not brown all over, but only on the sides.
  8. Cool completely on wire rack.
  9. Dust with Powdered Sugar.
  10. Cut into bars and refrigerate leftovers.

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