The Perfect Bite :: Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

With springtime officially upon us, I seem to unload a bounty of citrus from my shopping bags after every visit to the market… to the point where my kitchen is literally overflowing. Fortunately, I’ve discovered a tasty solution to my citrus abundance: lemon bars! I baked these in an 8″ baking dish rather than the typical 13 x 9″ because… well, I like thick bars and I cannot lie. In a perfect world, I’d be noshing on a lemon bar, glass of sangria in hand, with my toes dangling in a pool. If I could only get this finicky spring weather to cooperate, I could work on making it a reality this weekend…  Who’s with me?

Lemon Bars Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Lemon Bars Recipe | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Lemon Bars

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for the bottom layer

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter

for the top layer

  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour*
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • zest of one lemon
  • powdered sugar, for top

*I’ve successfully made these bars gluten-free by substituting a great gluten-free flour blend like this one for the flour in this recipe.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8X8″ baking dish with foil; Set aside.
  2. Blend butter, flour, brown sugar and salt until it resembles a corse meal.
  3. Pat firmly into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. To prepare the top layer, whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, juice and zest.
  5. Pour over the top of the first layer and return to oven and bake for and additional 25-30 minutes. Loosen around edges, and allow to cool. Cut into squares and sift confectioners’ sugar over the top to serve.

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25 Responses to “The Perfect Bite :: Lemon Bars”

  1. Zoë

    Lemon bars are my absolute fav and I’m always looking for new recipes! Thanks for sharing, these look delicious ;)

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    • Jess Simpson

      Thanks, Zoe! I forgot how much I LOVE lemon bars before making these. I think they’re going to be a new warm-weather staple for me! :-)

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  2. Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing

    These look great, Jess! Anything lemon is my cup of tea. Except tea. I hate lemons in my tea…hmmm…

    Have a great day!
    Ashley

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    • Jess Simpson

      WHAT?! A girl after my own heart. I dislike lemon in my tea, too! :-)

      Reply
  3. Katie Meyers / Meyers Styles

    Jess- you’ve outdone yourself yet again with another tasty dessert! These look beyond delicious & I’ve been looking for any new recipe involving lemon… can’t seem to get enough. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jess Simpson

      Oh, thank you Katie! I hope you give these a try. I was SO surprised at just how easy they are. xo

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  4. Quinn Cooper

    Love anything lemon in the last 6 months. Really into lemon curd filled doughnuts. Soo good. Lemon bars are just as good. There is just something about the tartness.
    Lemon cars are also super yummy with a graham cracker crust!
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

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    • Jess Simpson

      Amen to the lemon curd donuts, Quinn! Hope you’ll add this recipe to your lemony-repertoire! :-)

      Reply
  5. Sadye

    Is this recipe really as easy to make as it sounds? I’d always imagined lemon bars were complicated concoctions … thanks for showing me I was wrong!

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    • Jess Simpson

      Totally easy, Sadye! Super simple ingredients and I swear…it’s as fail-proof as it looks! I hope you’ll give them a try and let me know how they turn out! :-)

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  6. Louisa Blackmore

    Hi Jess

    Thanks for this fab recipe, I’m from England and I’d not heard of Lemon Bars before! I am going to give these a go next week when some friends come to stay.

    Thanks so much,
    Louisa

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    • Jess Simpson

      How perfect! I hope you & your friends love them! :-)

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  7. Meenakshi

    Ok I am going to try this real soon! It’s such a simple recipe and requires basic ingredients. The bottom crust looks crunchy and moist and oh-so-yummy :P

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    • Jess Simpson

      You’re right- totally simple & totally yummy! Hope you like it! xo

      Reply
  8. anita

    Hello Spring! I’m making these this morning……Thanks!

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  9. Ali

    Just made and the these!! Everyone loved them! What a great recipe!

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  10. Lucia

    I always been wanting to eat lemon bars, but never did since I thought it was a hasstle to make, nonetheless I came across this recipe and I had to give it a try. I made them last night, so so delicious! Thanks for this easy and quick recipe.

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