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Only Basic 6 Pantry Staple Ingredients are required to make these luscious Lemon Bars! A sweet and buttery shortbread base is topped with a zesty lemon filling and dusted with some powdered sugar just before serving.

Lemon Bars

Easy Lemon Bars

I started making these Classic Lemon Bars at home, from scratch, right after I first got married – almost 23 years ago! Not only are these lemon bars pretty as a picture, but they are super simple to make too.

A Classic Lemon Bar is delicious, sweet buttery pastry is topped with a fresh and zesty lemon topping. My Lemon Bars or “Lemon Squares” are perfect to bring along to church potlucks, picnics, cookouts, and any many other gatherings.

I started with a basic recipe and tweaked it just a bit until it was perfect for me! They are bow baked regularly as I know there are a real hit at any party.

How to make Easy Lemon Bars:

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  • Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, melted butter, powdered sugar, and salt.
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  • Mix together gently using a fork but take care NOT TO OVER MIX.
  • Gently press the crust mixture into the base of a baking dish and place into the hot oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown.
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  • While the crust is baking, slightly beat eggs in another mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in sugar and lemon juice until combined.
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  • As soon as the crust is golden, remove the tin from the oven and pour over the lemon mixture.
  • Return the pan to the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes.
  • Now remove the pan from the oven, cover with foil, and bake for another 15 minutes.
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  • Once the bars have baked, remove the pan from the oven and gently lift the lemon bars out of the pan, using the parchment paper and set onto a wire cooling rack.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and allow the bars cool completely on a wire rack, before cutting.
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Classic Lemon Bar ingredients:

Only 6 basic pantry staple ingredients are required to make these LUSCIOUS Lemon Bars:

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  • BUTTER: my microwave oven has a melt butter feature on it, but you can also melt it on the stove-top, in a saucepan.
  • UNBLEACHED FLOUR: I’ve found unbleached flour works best for me, but you can also use All Purpose if that’s what you have on hand.
  • POWDERED SUGAR: My actual Powdered Sugar Shaker is old, it’s from a Pampered Chef party, circa 1999’ish. It still works great! It keeps a reasonable amount of powdered sugar handy for me to easily use when baking. However, I love using the dusting wand for lightly covering finished items.

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  • GRANULATED SUGAR: This recipe uses 2 cups of sugar. I get asked about sugar substitutes frequently, but have not tried using them in this recipe. I’d love to know the results though, if any of you try it!
  • EGGS: I use 4 large eggs.
  • LEMONS: This recipes uses both the ZEST and JUICE from lemons in this recipe. The Zester below is my preferred tool to use. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and it affects the joints in my hands. This one is easy for me to hold and use! FRESH LEMONS work much better than bottled lemon juice for this one.

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How many lemons make a cup of lemon juice?

An average sized lemon will usually give you 2½-3 tablespoons of lemon juice, so you’d need 5-6 medium lemons for a cup of lemon juice. THIS RECIPE calls for 5 tablespoons of Lemon Juice, so you’ll likely only need a couple of lemons to yield enough.

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For best results when juicing a lemon:

To get the maximum amount of lemon juice out of a lemon, or indeed any citrus fruit, I recommending rolling the lemon around on the counter for a few seconds first before slicing and juicing. This rolling action releases the juices within the fruit.

You can then use a juicer to collect and measure the juice. If you don’t have a juicer handy, after slicing the lemon in half, hold the lemon pulp side up, over a measuring cup and squeeze. The juice will drip down into the cup leaving any pulp/seeds inside the lemon.

TOP TIP: Save any leftover lemon rind to grind up in the garbage disposal. It’ll clean the blades and leave a fresh scent behind!

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How long will these lemon bars last?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To freeze, wrap each lemon bar individually with plastic wrap and store them in freezer for up to 1 month.

Recipe hints & tips:

  • I recommend using a glassing baking dish, as I find that a metallic pan can transfer a bit of a metallic taste. I do use other pans in various recipes, but find the heat transfer for this one is the best in my Glass OXO Good Grips Baking Dish.
  • Always line the pan with parchment paper as this makes it so much easier to remove the bars from the pan after baking. It can also prevent over browning on the bottom of the Lemon Bars.
  • Don’t over mix the cake mixture as it will result in a tough biscuit base, instead use a light touch and handle as little as possible.
  • I always use real lemons when making these lemon bars as the flavor is so much better than using bottled lemon juice.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing and serving.
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Yield: 12

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Sticks of Butter
  • 2 Cups Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 5 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Zest and Powdered Sugar to Garnish

Instructions

Preheat Oven to 350º.

Line a 9x13 Glass Baking Dish with Parchment Paper.

In a large bowl, combine flour, melted butter, powdered sugar, and salt.

Slightly mix with a fork. do not over mix.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown.

While the crust is baking, slightly beat eggs in another mixing bowl.

Whisk in sugar and lemon juice until combined.

Pour lemon mixture into baked crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven, cover with foil, and bake another 15 minutes.

After the lemon bars are baked, dust with powdered sugar and let the bars cool completely on a wire rack

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 422Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 48gProtein: 4g

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