Irresistible Lemon Bars Recipe (Perfect for Summer Barbecues)

This irresistible lemon bars recipe balances sweet with tartness by combining the perfect shortbread crust with a delicious lemon custard.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24
Calories 208kcal
Author Robin Lewis


For the crust:

  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar Plus more for Topping
  • 2 cups Flour All-Purpose
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

For the custard:

  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons Flour All-Purpose
  • 2/3 cup Lemon Juice Fresh
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/175 degrees C.

To make the crust:

  • Sift the powdered sugar, flour, and salt into a large bowl.
  • Combine the flour mixture with the butter by hand.
  • Press the dough into the bottom of a buttered 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. After removing it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.

To make the custard:

  • Whisk the eggs, sugar, flour, and salt in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and zest until well combined.
  • Pour the custard onto the crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Serving: 24g | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 32mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.7mg