These Meyer Lemon Streusel Bars have three incredible layers: a buttery shortbread crust, a lemon curd filling, and a sugar cookie crumble topping. A scrumptious twist on the classic lemon bars!
If you love lemon desserts, these Lemon Cookies in bar form a try! No scooping and baking batch after batch. Nick Malgieri, the cookbook author, and baking guru, won’t steer you wrong.
Why You Should Make these Meyer Lemon Bars
I bake a bazillion chocolate desserts, so it’s nice to shake things up a bit with some lemon treats.
- Lemon bars are typically two layers and a breeze to toss together. But it’s definitely worth the extra effort to top these citrusy gems with some streusel, especially this crisp sugar cookie streusel.
- Making bars in a 9 x 13-inch pan will make 24 servings. This is perfect for picnics, pot lucks or big family gatherings.
- You can make the crust and cookie streusel a day ahead. Make the filling, throw it all together and bake on the day you’d like to serve it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Meyer lemons are a sweeter cousin of the standard lemon. Meyer lemons are actually a cross between your ordinary lemon and either a regular orange or a mandarin. Feel free to decrease the sugar in the filling if you want a bit more pucker in your bars.
Yes! Feel free to substitute your garden variety lemons, especially if it’s not Meyer lemon season in your neck of the woods. They will be a little tarter, but still delicious!
These are best kept covered in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, though I know we’ve kept them longer. You can regular lemon bars in the freezer for up to 3 months, but bars with a crumb topping may lose a little quality when defrosted.
Tips for Making Lemon Crumb Bars
- If you’ve visited my blog before, you may have noticed that I always line my baking pan with aluminum foil when making cookie bars. The foil creates a “sling” in which to lift out the bars for easy cutting. Chilling your bars first makes the transfer and cutting much easier.
- I also spray the foil with PAM Cooking Spray (affiliate link) so if the lemon filling oozes over the crust, the bars will not stick to the pan! Plus it makes clean up a snap. Keep this in mind when you plan your holiday meals. Or just use non-stick foil.
- You can also make this lemon bars recipes in stages. See my suggestion above.
- Chill before slicing to make the cleanest cuts.
- Always use fresh lemon juice. They won’t taste the same with bottled juice.
More Lemon Desserts You’ll Love:
- Meyer Lemon Bars
- Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Mini Bundt Cakes
- Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie
- Strawberry Lemon Tart
- More of my Best Dessert Recipes
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- PAM Cooking Spray
- 2 cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 eggs, whisked together
- 1 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest
- 1/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- Line 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil and spray with PAM Cooking Spray. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350º. To make the dough, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and stir to combine. Add butter pieces and using your fingers pinch and rub the butter till it's totally worked into flour (no big pieces will be visible).
- Mix eggs into the dough until well incorporated. Knead gently in the bowl till dough comes together. On a floured surface roll dough to a 12 x 16-inch rectangle. Fit into the prepared 9 x 13 pan and trim so there's just a1/2 inch edge going up sides of the pan. Put a rectangle of parchment on the bottom crust and weigh down with dried beans or pie weights. Bake 10 minutes. Remove parchment and beans and bake for 5 more minutes. Cool on rack.
- To make the topping, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add melted butter and combine with a rubber spatula. Spread out on a baking sheet, breaking into small crumbs. Bake 15-20 minutes, till golden brown. Cool on rack. If necessary, break apart into small crumbs when cool.
- To make the filling, whisk eggs and zest in a bowl. Mix lemon juice and sugar in another bowl to dissolve sugar. Stir egg and juice mixtures together. Pour over crust and bake 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with the crumb topping and bake an additional 5 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, then cut into bars.
Standard lemons may be substituted for Meyer lemons.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 212Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g