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Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars – A deliciously crispy, buttery shortbread crust topped with a creamy, sweet and tangy lemon filling!

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Lemon Bars | marshasbakingaddiction.com @marshasbakeblog

Don’t you just love lemon dessert recipes? They’re so bright and full of flavour, and they remind me of Spring/Summer time. Because I’m craving warmer weather and tangy lemon dessert, today I bring you these irresistible Lemon Bars!

Lemon Bars | marshasbakingaddiction.com @marshasbakeblog

Lemon Bars | marshasbakingaddiction.com @marshasbakeblog

These Lemon Bars are absolutely delicious. They have a very simple crispy, buttery shortbread crust, and a creamy, zesty lemon filling. They’re super easy to throw together, and are baked in no time at all. 15 minutes for the crust, and a further 30 minutes with the filling. Allow to cool completely, dust with a little icing sugar, and you’re done! I like to refrigerate my bars overnight for neater slices.

Lemon Bars | marshasbakingaddiction.com @marshasbakeblog

I hope you enjoy! 🙂

Lemon Bars | marshasbakingaddiction.com @marshasbakeblog
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Lemon Bars

A deliciously crispy, buttery shortbread crust topped with a creamy, sweet and tangy lemon filling!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields 20 bars

Ingredients

For the Base

  • 1 cup unsalted butter 226g, softened
  • 2 cups plain/all-purpose flour 250g
  • 1/2 cup caster/granulated sugar 100g
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Filling

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 240ml
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest optional
  • 2 and 1/4 cups caster/granulated sugar 450g
  • 1 cup plain/all-purpose flour 125g

Instructions

For the Base

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a 9x13-inch baking tray with foil and grease with baking spray or butter. Set aside.
  2. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat together the butter, flour, sugar, and salt until a crumbly dough forms. Press the mixture into the prepared baking tray, and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until lightly golden.

For the filling

  1. Whisk together the eggs, lemon juice, zest, sugar, and flour. Pour over the hot baked crust, and bake for an additional 30 - 35 minutes until the filling is set. Allow to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar, then slice and serve! I like to refrigerate my bars for a few hours or overnight for neater slices.

Notes

Lemon bars can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge for up to 3 days. They also freeze well for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.

You can half this recipe to bake in an 8x8-inch square pan.

Did you make this recipe? Take a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #marshasbakingaddiction, or tag me at  @marshasbakeblog. I would love to see!

Lemon Bars | marshasbakingaddiction.com @marshasbakeblog

Lemon Bars | marshasbakingaddiction.com @marshasbakeblog

15 Comments

  • Reply
    Erren
    March 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Lemon bars have to be my all time favorite, they just taste so good! I’ll have to use this recipe very soon, your bars look gorgeous!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Erren! 🙂

  • Reply
    Amanda
    March 28, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Lemon bars have always been one of my favorites. They are always the first to disappear at any dessert spread.

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    March 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    You are speaking my language! Lemon bars are the quintessential spring dessert, tangy and sweet with a shortbread crust — I am all over this! There goes the diet — again! You’re really a bad influence on me.

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Haha, thanks Lisa! 🙂

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    March 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I always crave lemon bars in the spring and these are calling my name. They are always popular when I bring them to my neighborhood wine night too. Lovely photos!

  • Reply
    Tara
    March 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Such gorgeous photos! I love the color and brightness to these bars. They sound perfect with the shortbread crust.

  • Reply
    Linda
    March 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    Lemon bars are my favorite since about two years ago. The sweet and tartness of a dessert is absolutely divine!

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 28, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      They really are divine! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kari
    March 28, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Yum! Those look so soft & scrumptious!
    Kari
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  • Reply
    Demeter | Beaming Baker
    March 30, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Yes, I totally do! There’s just something about lemon that really lightens up a dessert in the most enjoyable way! 🙂 It’s sweet, it’s tart, it’s just dessert bliss. These bars look gorgeous, Marsha! Hope you and your family have an amazing weekend! Pinned, of course. xo

    • Reply
      Marsha
      March 30, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks, Demeter! You too! 🙂 xo

  • Reply
    Jacqui
    July 3, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Hi Marsha, I can’t wait to try out this recipe and thank you for putting in all the conversions for Brits and Europeans x

    • Reply
      Marsha
      July 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      You’re very welcome! Enjoy! 🙂

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