Homemade Lemon Bars

These sweet homemade lemon bars are perfect for spring. Full of tart lemon flavor and made with a sweet shortbread crust. Always a crowd pleaser and delicious for snacking.

These sweet homemade lemon bars are perfect for spring. Full of tart lemon flavor and made with a sweet shortbread crust. Always a crowd pleaser and delicious for snacking.

The first little hint of spring has come to the Hudson Valley. I love this time of the year. I can open my windows, open my door and let the fresh air start flowing. I drove past a little nursery down the road from our house and saw they have flats of flowers out for sale. I, unfortunately, do not have a yard to plant flowers but I just might put some in a pot so I can bring some color to my front step.

I know this is a lot of talk about spring but seriously it puts me in such a great mood. The other day I saw some daffodils and they had the most vibrant yellow color. This made me think of lemons and that thought made me think of homemade lemon bars. I know it seems like a weird way for a recipe to come to mind but it really is amazing what food you can be inspired to make just by looking at nature.

These sweet homemade lemon bars are perfect for spring. Full of tart lemon flavor and made with a sweet shortbread crust. Always a crowd pleaser and delicious for snacking.

As I re-read what I just wrote I realize I sound like a nut but I swear I’m completely sane. I just think this Spring like weather is making me all happy and maybe a little dorky too.

BUT it’s 100% true and homemade lemons bars is a huge house favorite. What’s not to love about sweet shortbread crust topped tart lemon filling? And then I make it even sweeter by sprinkling with powdered sugar. Listen, if I’m going to go all in for dessert I’m going to go ALL IN!

Looking for more delicious bar recipes? Try my salted nut roll bars, peanut butter toffee topped blondies or my peanut butter marshmallow krispie topped brownies.

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Homemade Lemon Bars

These sweet lemon bars are perfect for spring. Full of tart lemon flavor and made with a sweet shortbread crust.

Yield: 8x8 pan

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

For Crust:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For Filling:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

For Topping:

  • Powdered sugar

Source: Joy of Baking

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. If you prefer to not line your pan you can also spray it with non-stick spray.

For Crust:
In a bowl of an electric mixer add butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.

Add in flour and kosher salt and mix just until the dough comes together. This may take a few minutes. The mixture will look crumbly at first but should come together and become moist. The mixture should easily press together.

Press into the bottom of your prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool while you make the filling.

For Filling:
In an electric mixer add sugar and eggs and beat till smooth.

Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine.

Fold in the flour.

Pour the filling over the shortbread crust and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling is set. Remove from the oven and cool.

Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar. These are best eaten the day they are mde but can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a day or two.


10 Responses to “Homemade Lemon Bars”

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    Shelly — April 2, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    ohhh, these do look yummy!! And your very entertaining Brandy ;o) Keep em coming!

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    Reeni — April 3, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    It doesn’t take much for me to get a craving or reminder of a certain food. These look so yummy. And perfect for Spring and daffodils!

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    Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee — July 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Mmm what’s really good is using a lemon bar recipe like this one and using lime zest and juice instead of the lemon. 🙂

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    Jessica — November 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Hi! I’m going to be making these for thanksgiving desserts and was wondering if its ok to make the day ahead? Thanks!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 25th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

      Hi Jessica! Yes, a day ahead is perfectly fine. I hope you have a great holiday and enjoy!

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    Liz — October 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Yum – look so good and home-made too. Thank you.

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