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Easy Lemon Bars

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If you’re looking to add a zesty twist to your dessert repertoire, look no further than the classic lemon bars. It’s like a little square of sunshine that fits right on your plate! They are perfect for the season of sunshine, poolside lounging, and the quest for the perfect refreshing treat.

Imagine biting into a blissful combination of textures and flavors: a crumbly, buttery shortbread base followed by a smooth, citrusy lemon topping. It’s a symphony of sweet and tart that dances on your taste buds. And the best part? They’re surprisingly simple to make, even if you’re not a seasoned baker.

Let’s talk about why lemon bars are your go-to summer dessert. First off, they’re incredibly refreshing. There’s something about the tang of fresh lemon juice that can cool you down on even the hottest of days. Plus, they’re convenient. Lemon bars are easy to cut into portable squares, making them perfect for picnics, beach trips, or just a delightful snack on a lazy afternoon.

The process is as breezy as a summer wind. You start with the crust, which is just a matter of combining basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Press it into a pan, bake until golden, and you’ve laid the foundation for lemony goodness.

Then comes the lemon layer, which is all about capturing the essence of summer. Fresh lemons are key here; their bright flavor is unmatched. This sunny mixture pours over the pre-baked crust and goes back into the oven. What emerges is a vibrant, custard-like topping that’s set just enough to hold its shape when sliced.

Once cooled, a final flourish of powdered sugar makes these bars an irresistible treat that looks as good as it tastes. It’s like a dusting of edible sunshine!

Serving these at your next summer gathering will surely earn you the title of dessert champion. But be warned: once your guests taste these easy lemon bars, you’ll be on dessert duty for life!

So, embrace the simplicity and joy of homemade treats this summer. Whether you’re a baking novice or a pastry pro, lemon bars are a foolproof way to spread a little sweetness during the sunny season. Happy baking, and even happier indulging!

Easy Lemon Bars

Lemon Bar Recipe Summary
This lemon bar recipe combines a buttery shortbread crust with a zesty lemon filling, topped with a dusting of powdered sugar for a deliciously tangy and sweet dessert.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings



  • ½ cup salted butter softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • zest of 1/2-1 lemon 1/2 – 1 tablespoon


  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease and flour an 8×8 inch (20x20cm) square cake pan or line with parchment paper.


  • In a medium bowl, beat on medium speed the butter and powdered sugar until combined then add the flour and beat again until a soft dough forms (approximately 1 1/2 minutes). Pat evenly onto the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake 18-20 minutes. Remove from oven, but leave oven on.


  • Meanwhile in a medium bowl, beat together, the eggs, granulated sugar, baking powder, fresh lemon juice, pinch of salt and zest. Pour over warm v (not hot) baked base and return to the oven for 20-25 minutes (until the centre is set, I baked mine for 25 minutes, may need to go a bit longer), Cool in the pan, I recommend that you also chill in the fridge for 1 hour for easier cutting, cut into squares, remove from pan, dust with powdered sugar and serve.


You may want to refrigerate your lemon bars before cutting as it makes cutting the squares easier.
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