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Classic Lemon Bars

These bars are simple enough for no-fuss dinners yet elegant enough for special celebrations. Regardless of when you serve them, I’m sure they’ll be a hit at your home. —Melissa Mosness, Loveland, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Confectioners' sugar


  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes; gradually beat in flour until blended.
  • Press into an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, flour, lemon zest and baking powder until frothy. Pour over crust.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until set and lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 250 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • erinshea1982
    Sep 16, 2020

    Great, simple, classic lemon bar!

  • Roxane
    May 3, 2020

    Terrible. The times seem off. My crust did morning bake after 25 minutes. Barely any lemon flavour. Do not attempt this, it’ll just end up in the trash.

  • Aladin
    Mar 19, 2020

    This is good but I added 1 tsp lemon extract along with the lemon juice and lemon zest...

  • Ellen
    Nov 25, 2019

    my family loved the lemon bars, easy to make

  • diannevdv
    Apr 7, 2019

    Quick and easy to make. I did add lemon zest for even more lemony taste. Received rave reviews from company.... also, my husband's favorite!

  • amsm
    Feb 17, 2018

    We love lemon bars, and this recipe did not disappoint. They are like the name suggests a classic lemon bar. I did add an extra tablespoon of lemon juice because I always do, and would try adding a bit of zest next time.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    May 29, 2016

    This has been one of my favorite type of bar desserts for awhile. I wasn't happy with my current recipe so I gave this one a try. It turned out great. I did add some lime powder to the filling ingredients and it had a good tartness to it. I haven't tried it with just the lemon juice yet.

  • msgiggie
    Mar 21, 2015

    WHERE is the ONE STAR review?? VERY POOR reporting!!

  • mkaskela
    Feb 6, 2015

    Simple but could have used more zip.

  • looonylu
    Feb 16, 2014

    This is the same recipe that I had as a kid. It came out of the Charlie Brown cookbook that I bought in elementary school. But you have to double the lemon juice.