The Best Lemon Bars Recipe #SundaySupper

This is the BEST Lemon Bars Recipe bar none. The buttery shortbread crust is  topped with a thick, luscious citrus layer for a sublime treat!The Best Lemon Bars Recipe | A sublime citrus treat with a shortbread crust

The Best Lemon Bars Recipe

The first time I made this recipe was for a gathering of my volunteer friends. We spend hours and hours cleaning and manning a spectacular home that is decorated to the hilt by Indianapolis’ top interior designers. Needless to say, when the two weeks it’s open to the public comes to a close, we have reason to celebrate. Back in 2010, my co-director and I treated the gals who helped organize and work the events we planned to an evening at a spa. My contribution was a savory appetizer and the best lemon bars!The Best Lemon Bars Recipe | A sublime citrus treat with a shortbread crust

Lemon Ranks High

There is no doubt that chocolate is the gold standard for decadent desserts at our house. Fruit pies rate near the top, too. Though he snubs lime sweets, the hubby always raves when I whip up a lemon dessert. Lemon bars are about the easiest way to experience the sweet-tart nirvana of a lemon treat! And just to feel virtuous, top each with half a ripe strawberry! Double the fruit for a nice dose of vitamin C. This Best Lemon Bars Recipe is a must make!!!The Best Lemon Bars Recipe | A sublime citrus treat with a shortbread crust

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The Best Lemon Bars Recipe

Serves 16 bars     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Luscious lemon bars with a shortbread crust.



  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter cold butter, diced

Lemon topping

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh strawberries, cut in half, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with non-stick foil or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the crust ingredients until the butter is in very small pieces . Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake about 15 minutes or until the crust just starts to brown.
  3. To make the filling, whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon juice, zest, flour, and salt. Immediately pour over hot crust when it comes out of the oven.
  4. Bake for 30-35 more minutes or until topping is firm and lightly browned.
  5. Cool, then cut a sliver off all sides before sprinkling with powdered sugar and cutting into bars. Garnish with berries if desired.


Recipe Notes

You may double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13-inch pan or triple and bake in a jelly roll pan.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 194kcal Calories from fat 60
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 23g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. If you said it’s the BEST, then it must be! They look fantastic!

  2. Your lemon bars do look and sound fantabulous, Liz. So does the historic home…as well as the visit to the spa!

  3. I’ve only made lemon bars once… I think it’s time to make some more! Actually, sunny lemon everything sounds good:@)

  4. I have no doubt these are the best lemon bars! They look out of this world!

  5. Christie says:

    I love lemon bars, but I’ve never made them. I should bake and take these for work. They look delicious!

  6. they look so delicious
    I love lemon bars.. perfect cuts too!

  7. Looks amazing!

  8. Liz, I’m practically drooling! I haven’t made lemon bars in forever! Will be making your recipe this week and I can’t wait! Pinning this one for later 🙂

  9. I love love love lemon bars and haven’t made or had one in forever. Yours set up absolutely perfectly!

  10. These definitely look like the best lemon bars! And I love the powder sugar and strawberry garnish.

  11. Gotta love lemon bars. Gotta love a whole round up of them more!! 🙂

  12. Will definitely be trying these lemon bars Liz, still have tons of lemons left and if these have your seal of approval they must be good.

  13. These lemon bars look absolutely perfect, Liz! I love the buttery shortbread crust piled high with that beautiful lemon filling dusted with a touch of sweetness from the powdered sugar. My family is going to love you for sharing this recipe!! I can’t wait to make it for them 🙂 Thanks so much!!

  14. These lemon bars are so cute, colored and delicious!!!
    Thanks for sharing

  15. Yeah…so…got an instant craving. They are baking in the oven right now!

  16. They really DO look incredible, Liz! I love lemon bars and can’t wait to try yours out — I have some extra lemons, so perfect timing!

  17. I’m in heaven with a good lemon bar – and these look wonderful!

  18. Lemon bars are one of my favorite desserts! I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  19. diana reed says:

    Liz, i just printed your lemon bar recipe. Who wouldn’t love these~! Thanks~!!!

  20. Pure beauty and I’m sure heavenly taste. Can these be frozen. Planning Easter menu and love these as presentation. Thank you.

    • Diana, from what I recall, lemon bars don’t freeze well. But I’ve kept these in the fridge for almost a week, so they can definitely made a few days ahead of time. Thanks for stopping by!

  21. These do indeed look wonderful!

  22. These make me so happy! They look amazing! YUM!

  23. This ARE the best lemon bars I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to try the recipe!

  24. There is nothing so satisfying as a really good lemon bar and this one looks like it would exceed expectations! I love the strong lemon yellow colour too, simply beautiful. Lemon desserts are my hubby’s favourite so I’m definitely bookmarking this beauty for our next celebration.

  25. Lizzy , I’m into mousse cakes lately 😀 Lemon desserts though is still one fave but I haven’t baked one in months *sigh* Your best lemon bars certainly look gorgeous , I think the best looking one that I’ve seen yet 😉

  26. Ah, if only I didn’t have to zest the lemons! I wish someone could come up with a really easy and effective way to zest a lemon. Don’t get me wrong, Liz, I love lemon bars, and have and will make these, but I do dread that task!

  27. There is nothing better than a really great lemon bar. These look like perfection!

  28. Lemon comes in as a close second for me as well Liz. These bars make my mouth water.

  29. Lemon Bars are by far my favorite dessert bars and these do look heavenly. If you say they’re they best then I need to try them.

  30. I have to try your bars, Liz! These look absolutely divine!

  31. Yes, yes!!! Made these for a neighborhood get together and they disappeared. Lemons came from trees in the neighborhood also. Thanks.

  32. Liz, you are the queen of gorgeous desserts! Lemon bars are one of my favorite things ever and these look so perfect I’m about to run out and get lemons even though I’ve already been to the store twice today 🙂

  33. YUM! spring is in the air. This is a wonderful recipie

  34. The only dessert I like with lemon is lemon bars! I have no doubt I would love these!

  35. You are the Queen of perfectly sliced bars and these look fantastic!


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