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lemon bars with shortbread crust

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

These lemon bars are sweet, tangy, melt in your mouth perfection! They have the perfect crust to filling ratio and are so easy to make you can whip up these luscious lemon bars up in no time!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert


Shortbread Crust

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all- purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Lemon Filling

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • optional: confectioners' sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9x13 baking dish with homemade pan release or line with parchment paper. Set aside.

Make the crust:

  • Whisk the melted butter and confectioners' sugar together until thoroughly combined. Add flour, salt, and vanilla. Stir until a d begins to form. Gather dough into a ball and transfer to prepared 9x13 baking dish. Press dough into the bottom of the dish making sure it is evenly covering the entire bottom. Bake dough for 18-20 minutes until very lightly browned. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to add filling.

Make the filling:

  • Whisk together eggs and sugar until thoroughly combined. Slowly add and whisk in lemon juice to egg and sugar mixture. Add the flour and whisk again until all ingredients are combined.
  • Pour filling into pre-baked shortbread crust. Bake the lemon bars for 20-25 minutes or until the center is no longer jiggly. Remove bars from oven and let cool.
  • Once cool, you can dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.
Keyword lemon, lemon bars, shortbread crust, dessert