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    filed under: Pies + Tarts on February 2, 2016

    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!

    Lemon Bar Recipe

    Lemon Bars Recipe

    Growing up in Minnesota I knew these as “lemon squares”. It’s just what my grandma called them! They were served at most potlucks, church fundraisers, and definitely, bake sales.

    So what is a lemon square/lemon bar? They are tart, sweet, and buttery perfection, all rolled into one! I find myself making these decadent bars all year long, but especially in the winter. There is something so refreshing about lemon desserts when there is snow on the ground. (which is half the year when you live in Minnesota!)

    To make this Lemon Bars you will need:

    Lemon Bar recipe (below)

    9×13 pan (I love this recipe in an 8×10 pan as well, the crust is wonderfully thick)

    aluminum foil

     

    Lemon Squares

    How to Make Lemon Bars

    Room temperature ingredients are key! I teach you how to quickly warm up butter and eggs here.

    Lining your pan with foil is optional. You can also use parchment paper, I would just make sure it extends up over the sides for easy bar removal.

    Only have 2 lemons but want to get as much juice as possible? Take the lemon and roll it on the counter roughly, pressing hard on the lemon. This will help to loosen up the juices before extraction.

    Try to get your crust as even as possible! In case you were wondering how to make lemon bar crust, I will share my secret! I press the crumbs into the pan then go back with a hard flat surface (like a drinking glass) and press down on the crust. This helps to create an even surface.

    Feel free to use only 1/2 cup of lemon juice the first time you are making these bars. I just happen to like that awesome extra lip-smackin-kick of the real lemon juice and like to use a lot!

    Make these bars Gluten-Free simply by using an interchangeable Gluten-Free flour. I used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend and it worked beautifully.

    The Best Lemon Bar Recipe

    Guaranteed, these will be your new favorite lemon bar!

    5 from 4 votes
    The Best Lemon Bars
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Chill
    2 hrs
    Total Time
    50 mins
     

    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!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: lemon bars
    Servings: 12
    Author: Amanda
    Ingredients
    CRUST
    • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) butter, room temperature
    • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
    • 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour
    FILLING
    • 4 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup (32g) all-purpose flour
    • 2/3 cup (160ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
    Instructions
    CRUST
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your hands. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan lined with foil.
    3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden.
    FILLING
    1. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Crack eggs into a separate bowl, then whisk them into the sugar and flour mixture. Add 2/3 cup lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.

    2. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the oven. (Do not cover)
    3. Allow bars to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours then dust with confectioners sugar.
    4. Cut into squares and serve.

    Here is a video on how these bars are made:

    Love lemon desserts? Try any of these:

    Raspberry Lemon Bundt Cake

    Lemon Surprise Cake

    Lemon Cake with Lemon Buttercream

    Easy Lemon Cupcakes

    Blueberry Zucchini Cake with Lemon Buttercream

    The Best Lemon Bars!

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    Comments

    Looks so delicious, eager to get them made. Yum yum.

    Do these need to be refrigerated? How do you store these?

    How many lemons do I buy to get 2/3 cup of lemon juice?

    I made these for a co-workers birthday and everybody loved them! I will definitely be adding these to my cache of favorite recipes!

    Your lemon bars look delicious, so l will be making them for Thanksgiving, to take them to my sons’ in laws hse.

    I LOVE THESE KIND OF RECIPES BUT I NEED HELP. I BOUGHT ALL THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THIS LEMON BARS AND IT NEVER SAID I NEEDED EGGS. UNDER FILLING #1 IT SAYS CRACK EGGS IN A SEPARATE BOWL, THEN WHISK THEM INTO THE SUGAR AND FLOUR MIXTURE. BUT HOW MANY EGGS DO YOU NEED? PLEASE HELP AND THANK YOU

      It says 4 eggs right in the filling ingredients.

    My son comes every Sunday for dinner. It’s a sacred day set aside for family. He rarely asks or requests anything, but he requests this dessert. Thank you for bringing memories of my Mom, his Nana, that make us smile. She would bake this just for me when I was little, then for my son. We love this, thank you so much!

    Question. Once you take the lemon bars out of the oven, you will have to let them cool before going in fridge.
    How long before you can stick them in the fridge you’ve got a piping hot glass pan!

    Omg these hit the spot!! The best lemon bars indeed 🙂 Happy pregnant lady right here 🙂

    Don't Pass on Dessert!