Classic Lemon Bars

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


9 servings

Updated: Jun. 15, 2023
These bars are simple enough for a no-fuss dinner yet elegant enough for a special celebration. Regardless of when you serve them, they'll be a hit. —Melissa Mosness, Loveland, Colorado
Classic Lemon Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes; gradually beat in flour until blended.
  2. Press into an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  3. For filling, in a small bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, lemon juice, flour, lemon zest and baking powder until frothy. Pour over crust.
  4. 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.