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?
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.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8X8″ baking dish with foil; Set aside.
- Blend butter, flour, brown sugar and salt until it resembles a corse meal.
- Pat firmly into prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
- To prepare the top layer, whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, juice and zest.
- 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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Lemon bars are my absolute fav and I’m always looking for new recipes! Thanks for sharing, these look delicious 😉
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! 🙂
These look great, Jess! Anything lemon is my cup of tea. Except tea. I hate lemons in my tea…hmmm…
Have a great day!
WHAT?! A girl after my own heart. I dislike lemon in my tea, too! 🙂
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!
Oh, thank you Katie! I hope you give these a try. I was SO surprised at just how easy they are. xo
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!
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Amen to the lemon curd donuts, Quinn! Hope you’ll add this recipe to your lemony-repertoire! 🙂
these look really really delicious, going to try them out. I love anything lemony.
I really think you’ll love these, Anita! 🙂
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!
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! 🙂
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,
How perfect! I hope you & your friends love them! 🙂
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 😛
You’re right- totally simple & totally yummy! Hope you like it! xo
Hello Spring! I’m making these this morning……Thanks!
Oh, goodie! Hope you like them!! xoxo
Just made and the these!! Everyone loved them! What a great recipe!
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.