This perfect Lemon Bars Recipe has two important things; the perfect amount of lemon and a big, rich buttery crust. I add a bit more lemon juice than most, and those things set my lemon bar recipe apart! If you love these you will also love my Orange Bars!

One Lemon Bar Dusted with confectioners sugar

Tips for Perfect Lemon Bars

  • Opt for fresh lemon juice here, bottled just won’t taste the same.
  • Use parchment paper to line your pan. This helps with easy removal.
  • Allow them to cool for the full time allotted.
Lemon Squares Stacked 5 high

How to Store Lemon Bars

While these bars can be kept out at room temperature for several hours, they should be refrigerated if you can’t finish off the pan the same day you make it. If you know that you are going to be storing them, try to only cut off the pieces you need, not cutting up the entire pan into bars. (Hint: This also means nice crisp cuts when you serve them cold!) I usually place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the bars and then cover it with foil. Lemon bars can be stored for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

One Lemon Bar straight on view

How to Freeze Lemon Bars

If you are freezing the lemon bars I like to cut them into individual size portions and then wrap each bar with plastic wrap. Date and stack neatly in your freezer. To thaw, either place bars in the refrigerator the night before using or leave them on the counter to come to room temperature.

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The Best Lemon Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 50 minutes
This perfect Lemon Bars Recipe has two important things; the perfect amount of lemon and a rich buttery crust. I add a bit more lemon juice than most, but it’s what sets my lemon bar recipe apart!



  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (256 g) all-purpose flour


  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (32 g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (160 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice



  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour, and ½ cup sugar with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your hands. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden.


  • Whisk together 1 ½ cups sugar and ¼ cup flour. Crack eggs into a separate bowl, then whisk them into the sugar and flour mixture. Add ⅔ cup lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
  • Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the oven. (Do not cover)
  • Allow bars to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours then dust with confectioners sugar.
  • Cut into squares and serve.


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Reader Comments

  1. Made a small tweak by using all my citrus – Meyer lemon, lemon, lime, and a clementine to get the juice. The ratio of crust to filling was perfect!

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