You will LOVE these classic Lemon Bars! Sweet and tangy lemon filling on a buttery crust, they are a perfect treat to serve for dessert, or any special occasion!
You will LOVE these classic Lemon Bars! Sweet and tangy lemon filling on a buttery crust, they are a perfect treat to serve for dessert, or any special occasion!

When life hands you lemons, or in this case, when a sweet friend MAILS you lemons… make LEMON BARS for dessert! They are a sweet, tart, and amazingly awesome dessert treat! We absolutely LOVE them!

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A couple of months ago I mailed my life-long friend, Lenita, a box containing several jars of my homemade jams and jellies, as a gift. I had no idea that she would surprise me with a box of 6 of her prized Meyer lemons, picked from her very own tree in Southern California! She mailed this box to me so it arrived just before Christmas.

They were the most gorgeous lemons I have ever seen! Our son thought they were plastic, because they were so absolutely perfect! This was for sure a Christmas MIRACLE! She also sent me the cool Homemade Jam Christmas ornament seen in the photo below. I hung THAT on our tree and did not cook it in this recipe- (heh heh). Here’s my gift box… SEE-aren’t those lemons gorgeous?

Lemons in box for baking into some delicious lemon bars!

I Used The Lemons To Make LEMON BARS!

I was giddy with excitement (who DOESN’T like to receive wonderful surprises in the mail?)! My next task was to come up with different ways to use these beauties, so they would not go to waste.

This recipe for lemon bars is one of the ways I used a portion of those lemons. This particular recipe uses the entire lemon, except for the seeds (duh!). They were fantastic! Here’s some pics from making this scrumptious dessert:

Making The Bottom Crust For The Lemon Bars

The ingredients for the bottom crust are placed in a food processor, and are ready to mix up for the lemon bars.

Mixing dough for lemon bar crust in food processor

Line an 8×8 pan with aluminum foil, leaving some to overhang on all 4 sides. You will easily be able to lift the entire pan of finished lemon bars out of the pan before serving.

Line 8x8 pan with aluminum foil for lemon bar filling

Place the dough for the lemon bar base into the aluminum foil wrapped 8×8 pan.

Bar cookie crust is added to foil-lined baking dish

Spread the dough out with your fingers until dough has been compacted together to form a solid crust. Into the oven it goes!

Dough is pressed into bottom of dish to form base for lemon bars

Making The Filling for The Lemon Bars

Now it’s time to make the lemon filling for the lemon bars. The food processor does a great job of pulverizing the entire lemon (minus the seeds!). YES… you heard that right, friends! The WHOLE lemon (including the peel) is used, for maximum flavor!

Lemons and sugar in food processor to make filling

Add the lemon juice, eggs, etc. to the lemon and sugar mixture in the processor. Process the ingredients until smooth.

Lemon juice and eggs blended in food processor

Lower the oven temperature is after baking the crust. Pour the lemon filling onto the top of the pre-baked crust. These lemon bars are now ready to finish baking!

Lemon filling is poured onto crust in baking dish and baked

Refrigerate Lemon Bars Before Serving

Once the lemon bars have baked, refrigerate them for several hours, in order to firm them up. The whole batch will lift easily out of the pan easily thanks to the aluminum foil. To slice, just peel the foil back and slice the lemon bars into 16 portions.

Baked lemon bars, cut into slices to serve

Serve The Lemon Bars

Lightly sift some powdered sugar over the top of the bars, just before serving.

Powdered sugar sifted onto lemon bars

And just like that, these gorgeous lemon bars are ready to eat! Make sure they are kept refrigerated in a covered container, if you don’t eat them all in one sitting!

Close up of lemon bars on white plate

C’mon… you KNOW you want one, right?  Go ahead… reach out and grab yourself one really delicious lemon bar. I don’t mind sharing! ENJOY!

Close up photo of lemon bars on a white plate.

Hope you will try these fabulous treats, and hope you will enjoy them as much as we do! Thank you for stopping by this website today. I invite you to come back again soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a GREAT day!

Looking For More BAR COOKIE Recipes?

You can find ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, which is located at the top of the page. I have a nice variety of bar cookie recipes. All are delicious, and will pretty much satisfy your sweet tooth craving, including:

Chocolate Chip Swirl Bars
Sprinkle Bars
Blackberry Pie Bars
Strawberry-Rhubarb Dream Bars
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars 

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Lemon Bars
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins
You will LOVE these classic Lemon Bars! Sweet and tangy lemon filling on a buttery base, they are a perfect treat to serve for dessert, or any special occasion!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bar cookies, lemon bars
Servings: 16 servings
Calories Per Serving: 174 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For The Crust:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter , melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For The Filling:
  • 1 Meyer lemon (seeds removed) A regular lemon may be substituted.
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled- I used fresh)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 Tablespoons butter , melted (then cooled to room temp.)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cover an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving extra hanging over the edges on each side (this foil and foil overhang will help you to easily remove the entire pan of lemon bars at one time, after baking)
  2. Place the crust ingredients into a food processor or the base of a stand mixer. Process the ingredients until well combined and crumbly dough is formed. Put the dough into the foil-lined baking pan and press down on crust until dough is compacted into a solid crust.
  3. Bake the crust at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack.
  4. While the crust is baking, make the lemon filling. Place the seeded lemon (yep... the WHOLE thing!) and sugar into a food processor. Process the lemon and sugar on high speed until the lemon is completely "pulverized". Check the mixture for any remaining seeds that might have secretly snuck into the food processor. Remove them, if you find any. They are sneaky!
  5. Add the lemon juice, eggs, cornstarch, and the melted butter to the lemon/sugar mixture. Pulse until mixture is smooth.
  6. Once crust is done baking and is removed from oven, LOWER THE OVEN TEMP. to 300 degrees. Pour the lemon filling over the baked crust; continue baking for 25-30 minutes, or until center is set, and is no longer "jiggly" (mine took 28 minutes).

  7. Remove pan to wire rack. Let cool to room temp, then place entire pan into refrigerator. Let bars refrigerate for 3-4 hours (the longer the better!) before you serve them. After the bars have chilled, lift the entire batch out of the pan at one time, by lifting them out via the aluminum foil that is hanging over the edges.

  8. Cut the bars into sixteen 2" squares, then sift powdered sugar over the tops. Serve and enjoy. Keep remaining bars stored in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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