Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are truly little bars of sunshine! They are tart, sweet, and when the crust is right, they are the ideal balance of smooth and crunchy. Fortunately the crust on these babies is perfect; it’s crumbly, butter, flaky, and a compliment to the tangy lemon topping.

The time for fresh California lemon bars is coming to a close since citrus season here is almost over! Even though lemon bars to me are a summer dessert. It’s funny how we associate things like food to certain seasons even if it makes no sense. Like lemonade and summer even though lemons are a winter delight. Here’s to making lemon bars a seasonal treat!

lemon bar

Use Meyer Lemons if you have them! 

Adapted the crust from this recipe and the filling from this recipe.

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Lemon Bars
Classic Lemon Bar Recipe
  • Crust:
  • 1 C salted butter
  • 1/2 C confectioners sugar
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 t salt
  • Filling:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 3 lemons, juiced
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Powdered sugar (for dusting)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a 9x13 inch pan with nonstick spray. 2. In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, cream the butter and confectioners sugar until smooth. Add in flour and salt and continue to beat until combined. 3. Put dough in prepared pan and use hands to press down in an even layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 4. Take out of oven and let cool. 5. While cooling, make the filling. In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice and zest until combined. 6. Pour over the baked crust. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until center is set. After 10 minutes of baking, place an empty cookie sheet on the rack above to prevent too much browning. 7. Take pan out of oven and cool. Once cooled, dust with powdered sugar and cut.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 9x13" pan of bars
lemon bars

Make these as a bright part of your spring picnics or as a dessert for Easter brunch! I will be whipping up a couple more batches of these before the season for lemons is over! 

lemon bars

Listening to: Leon Bridges