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Super Easy Lemon Bars

These Super Easy Lemon Bars have a serious lemon hint. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea, this recipe is suitable for any occasion.

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World’s Best Lemon Bars

This is one of the easiest Lemon Bars recipes you will ever find around. Elegant and irresistible, these bars are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Great for potlucks also, picnics,  graduation parties, and holidays. 

What to do when life gives you lemons? Either make these super easy lemon bars or if you are more ambitious, you could try these Coconut-Almond Lemon Bars.

sliced lemon on the table

What can be more beautiful than a lemon bar dusted with powdered sugar? Lemon bars are also known as Lemon slices or Lemon squares, but no matter the name, everyone loves them.

I have to confess that I am a little picky when it comes to lemon bars.

I don’t like them very sweet, and I don’t like them super tangy. They also need to have a good crust and a creamy filling. 

I tried different recipes until this one came to my attention. I had it all:  recipes that do not set, a too “healthy” recipe that tastes like nothing, too sweet or overly baked, too tangy or too bland, etc. 

Lemon Bars - close up

 In this recipe, the crust is a shortbread base that is baked first. The lemon topping is just as easy, everything in a bowl, five seconds of whisking, and the hardest part is just waiting for that shortbread base to come out of the oven before baking off the bars. 

The filling is poured over the baked crust, and the whole thing goes back to the oven for few more minutes. How easy is that? 

Super Easy Lemon Bars- close up- bars on a white plate

A FEW NOTES ABOUT THE LEMONS:

For these Super Easy Lemon Bars to have a nice citrus flavor, you need to use fresh lemon juice, not the one that comes in a bottle.

 When choosing lemons, make sure to look for ones that are fragrant with bright yellow skins. They should be firm, plump, and heavy for their size.

If you can, buy organic lemons. Their skin should not be waxed.

For this recipe, we will use the lemon rind, so we need to wash the lemons well with water and soap.

I do this even if they say the fruits or vegetables are already washed. You never know how many hands touched the lemons before and how clean they were, right?

Super Easy Lemon Bars

what kind of ingredients go into this super easy lemon bars:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Powder Sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Large Eggs
  • Baking Powder
  • Lemon Juice And Zest

HOW TO STORE LEMON BARS:

Well, if you have enough self-control not to eat the whole pan, or you want to bake them with few days in advance before you serve them, these bars will stay well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. To do so, place the lemon bars in an airtight container and separate the bars with wax paper or parchment paper.

If you want to freeze them, let them reach room temperature, wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap, and place them in a resealable freezer bag. For best results, I recommend using them within one month.

SUGGESTIONS FOR OTHER RECIPES WITH LEMON:

Lemon Lavender Butter Cookies

Olive Oil Lemon Cookies With Herbs

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Chicken With Potatoes 

Cream Cheese Lemon Coconut Cake

Old Fashioned Lemon Bread With Lemon Syrup

Yield: 24 squares or 35 very small pieces

Lemon Bars With Shortbread Crust

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These Super Easy Lemon Bars have a serious lemon hint. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea, this recipe is suitable for any occasion.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

Shortbread Crust

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

Lemon topping

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using a pastry blender, a medium ball combines the flour, cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces, and icing sugar, mixing them into a crumbly mixture. It does not need to stick together. (You can also make the crust in a food processor: add the flour, sugar, and butter cubes and let it go for 20 seconds.)
  3. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until the crust begins to set. Let cool for about 10 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, granulated sugar, and lemon juice.
  6. Add the flour, baking powder, and lemon zest and beat until smooth.
  7. Pour over the baked crust and return the baking pan to the oven for another 25 minutes until the topping is set and just beginning to brown around the edges.
  8. Let cool completely, then sprinkle with icing sugar and cut in squares. Makes 24 squares or 35 tiny ones.

Notes

  1. A 9x13 inch glass pan is the best pan for these lemon bars.
  2. Use real lemon juice that you squeeze from the lemons, for the best taste.
  3. Freezing instructions: Lemon bars can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow the bars to cool, cut them in squares, but do not dust them with powder sugar. Freeze them individually in plastic or aluminum foil and place them in a freezer large bag. Defrost them in the refrigerator and serve them dusted with powder sugar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

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